Healthy Families

How do I apply for Healthy Families?
You can call for yourself or have a family/friend/worker call for you. We can be reached at 508-909-0061.

How do I qualify for Healthy Families?
You can be any age, pregnant or parenting for the first time (Moms and Dads!). At the time of the referral, your child must be under 1-year-old. Healthy Families works in all towns in Massachusetts.

What information do I need to provide to apply?
We only ask for your name, address, phone number and date of birth. We will not ask you for your Social Security card or health insurance information.

How long can Healthy Families work with me?
You can work with Healthy Families from the time you know you are pregnant until your first child turns three years old.

What happens at during a home visit?
During a home visit, we work with you to answer your questions about pregnancy or your baby, and we always do a fun activity with you and your child. We will tell you about upcoming groups and events, offer referrals, and will get the most up to date information about your baby’s health and development. Each home visit is different and is designed around what you and your baby need!

Does Healthy Families offer groups?
We sure do! We offer parenting groups, family fun field trips, pregnancy/breastfeeding classes, and much more. Our parents help to plan all groups and provide the program with input on when and where to hold groups too.

Other helpful resources:

First Call for Help: 211 or 877-211-MASS
Legal Assistance: 1-800-649-3718
Poison Control Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
American Suicide Prevention: 1-888-784-2433
Child at Risk Hotline:1-800-792-5200
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)
National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000
Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-800-870-5905
Parent Stress Hotline:1-800-632-8188

STATEMENT FROM WCAC

In the wake of the murder of Mr. George Floyd, we are still searching for words adequate to express our disgust and horror over the actions of those responsible for his death; our deep sadness for Mr. Floyd’s family, friends and community; and our anger over the repeated dehumanizing and fatal oppressive actions that threaten our nation. On behalf of the Worcester Community Action Council, we unequivocally condemn the police brutality that led to Mr. Floyd’s death. We join the call for justice, unity, peace and reform.

Worcester Community Action Council is directly and indirectly affected by the tragic events in our country that have reopened wounds that were never healed.  Our board of directors, staff and clients feel the impact of these events in deeply personal ways, and struggle with the feelings of fear, mistrust, separation, and anger.  We stand together in solidarity with the thousands of peaceful demonstrators across the country who are demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and an end to the systemic and intentional acts of oppression imposed upon communities of color.  George Floyd is now among countless, precious Black lives lost due to the imbalance of power in this country that has been perpetuated by racism.  Systemic racism must end.  We must hold ourselves accountable as allies to act as a relentless force for positive change.

Community Action was created in 1964 from the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act in the “War on Poverty”. In our role in the community, WCAC must renew and strengthen our calls for an end to the poverty and inequity that threaten our society.

We will be a strong voice against injustice, oppression and hate by advocating for policies that create equitable access to education, health, social and economic systems.

We will continue to work to stabilize individuals and households through our programs while deepening our resolve to create economic self-sufficiency through financial building blocks.

We will continue our leadership role in the City of Worcester’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in partnership with the Worcester Police Department and Worcester Public Schools, recognizing youth employment and education are pathways for success.

We will continue to invest resources in our youngest children across Southern Worcester County from ages zero to five as we help prepare them for long-term success in school and life.

We will use our agency’s purchasing power to support African American, Latinx and Immigrant- owned businesses by purchasing goods and services.

We will support a diverse staff at all levels to work within our own agency staff to examine, change and navigate ourselves and our community into a just and equitable era.

We will listen to the needs of our community and routinely shift our work to address these needs directly.

We will partner with you, and like-minded organizations, to support initiatives that help our community heal, unify, and become stronger.

Together, we can make meaningful reforms, and change the course of the future for our children.

Signed,

Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director                    Noreen Johnson Smith, WCAC Board Chair

Statement endorsed by WCAC Board of Directors 6/2/2020