Where to go for help:  local resources

As we care for others in our UUSMV community and beyond, we often come across situations where additional assistance is needed; such as housing issues, home health care visits, mental health needs, etc.  The following links offer local, County and State agencies to which one can turn for such assistance.
The County and State lists are maintained at their respective levels.  As a part of our on-going effort to maintain the accuracy of the local list, Where to Go for Help, please send comments or updated information you encounter to Ewell Hopkins @ P.O. Box 2183, Oak Bluffs Ma. 02557 or ewellhopkins@mac.com

For Island-wide resources, please download LPA Resource List

The Resource Guide for Caregivers of Elders on Martha’s Vineyard” placed by the Health Council on the Dukes County Commission Website:

http://www.dukescounty.org/Pages/DukesCountyMA_HealthCouncil/Caregivers Journal 2011.pdf

The MASSResources.org Website: http://www.massresources.org, an online resource for Massachusetts residents in need of basic services, a comprehensive user friendly site for accessing virtually all state-level services.

These are food resources available in addition to the Island Food Pantry:

Serving Hands Food Distribution 508-693-5339 contact Betty Burton
First Baptist Church Parish House, Vineyard Haven 2 pm
Open twelve months a year. Food is distributed the Friday following the 4th Thursday of the month. Clients receive fresh and frozen protein items, fresh produce, and pantry staples. Food is from the Greater Boston Food Bank via federal and state emergency food sources.
Family-to-Family Holiday Basket Distribution: 508-693-5339 Betty Burton
For three major holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter/Spring, families in need will receive a nutritious holiday basket which contains: turkey or ham and lots of fresh produce for a complete holiday meal. The basket is given out at the Serving Hands distribution the Friday before the holiday.