Community Outreach During COVID-19

HRIC Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program

As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to evolve, Holy Redeemer-Immaculate Conception Collaborative is formalizing its "Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program" to respond to those in need within our communities of Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury. The focus of the program is to comfort and nurture our parish community and send its faith, love, and generosity outward by offering meaningful ways to love and serve our greater communities as this pandemic unfolds.

The program is designed to respond to requests received by the Collaborative parishes for assistance with fundamental needs such as  grocery store runs, prescription pick ups, and meal deliveries. Phone calls to the homebound and creation of cards to console or comfort are also ways in which we can support our neighbors during this difficult time.

The link below describes the program in detail and provides a form for those interested in volunteering to help this effort.  Volunteers will be contacted only by members of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors team to determine availability to respond to a particular request. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cou0I5DOFLP_rhhBqDaMAQZ-Z4ED9-WpxRGBWc9XMI0

Please join in helping our Collaborative show the face of Jesus to our parishioners and our communities. God bless you.  

                        “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2


Holy Redeemer-Immaculate Conception Neighbors Helping Neighbors 

Do you know someone who may need assistance? Please read below and give us a call.

 

The Collaborative of Holy Redeemer-Immaculate Conception serves the communities of Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury. Our priests care about the health and safety of those in our communities and are concerned about you in these uncertain times. We are here to help.

Our Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is staffed by volunteers and is designed to respond to requests received by the residents of our communities for assistance with fundamental needs such as grocery shopping for the elderly or providing emergency supplies, prescription pickups, and meal deliveries. Outreach to the homebound to console or comfort are also ways in which we can support our neighbors during this difficult time.  

We are offering live streaming of Mass on our Facebook page each Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We have other spiritual resources, books, and prayers on our website for your use.

Please contact us at 978-462-2724 or 978-346-8604 and leave a message if you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance.  Someone will respond and do whatever we can to provide help, resources or referrals. We are attempting to reach out to everyone we can, and we urge you to continue to reach out to family, friends and neighbors. May God bless you and keep you safe until we can be together again.


Local Meal Resources

The number of families needing assistance is increasing. Below is a list of places where families can find meal assistance. (As published in The Daily News of Newburyport.)

This list includes free takeout and limited delivery meals that are available to those families in need.

Mondays

Takeout and limited delivery by Among Friends at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, 5–6:00 p.m. Call 978-465-5351 before 2:00 p.m. on day of meal for delivery.

Tuesdays

Takeout only by St. Vincent de Paul Society at Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 42 Green St., Newburyport, 5–6:00 p.m.

Takeout and limited delivery by Among Friends at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. For delivery, call 978-465-5351 before 9:00 a.m. on the day of the meal.

Wednesdays

Takeout only, Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport, 11–11:30 a.m., grab and go at the parking lot door.

Takeout only at Our Neighbors’ Table at the Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Thursdays

Takeout only, Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport, 5–5:30 p.m., grab and go at the parking lot door.

Fridays

Takeout and limited delivery by Among Friends at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. For delivery, call 978-465-5351 before 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meal for delivery.

Saturdays

Takeout only, Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, 8–10 a.m.

Grab-and-go breakfast, All Saints Anglican Church, 69 Friend St., Amesbury, 9–10:30 a.m.

Sundays

Takeout only, Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the School Street entrance.


Local Food Pantry Resources

The number of families needing assistance is increasing. Below is a list of places where families can find food assistance. (As published in The Daily News of Newburyport.)

This list includes free groceries available to those in need.

Mondays

Community Action Inc., 44 Friend St., Amesbury, 978-388-2570. Hours: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Serves Merrimac, Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Byfield, and West Newbury. Call first. Hallway pickup.

The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-0883. Hours: 1:00–3:45 p.m. Serves Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, Salisbury, and Byfield. Call first. Curbside pickup (twice a month).

West Newbury Pantry at Council on Aging, 381 Main St., West Newbury. 978-363-1104. Hours: 9:00–10:30 a.m. All welcome. Delivery to senior housing available. Call first. Curbside pickup. First and third Mondays and by appointment.

Tuesdays

Community Action Inc., 44 Friend St., Amesbury, 978-388-2570. Hours: 9 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Serves Merrimac, Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Byfield, and West Newbury. Call before coming. Hallway pickup.

The Pettengill Pantry, 13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, 978-463-8801. Pantry hours by appointment. Call, leave a message and someone will call back as soon as possible.

Hours: 9:00 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4:00–6:00 p.m. Serves Amesbury, Groveland, Merrimac, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, Byfield, Newbury, and West Newbury. Call first. Curbside pickup.

The Rowley Food Pantry, First Baptist Church Rectory, 153 Main St., Rowley. 978-238-6264, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Serves Rowley residents every two weeks, go to the rear door.

Wednesdays

Our Neighbors’ Table at Heritage Towers and Heritage Vale, Amesbury, 978-388-1907. 9:30–10:30 a.m. Serves Heritage Towers and Heritage Vale residents only on first and third Wednesdays.

Our Neighbors’ Table Market-Powwow, serves Powwow Villa residents only Villa, Amesbury, 978-388-1907, first and third Wednesdays. Hours: 9:30–10:30 a.m.

The Pettengill Pantry, 13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, 978-463-8801. Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. for seniors age 60+ and medically comprised individuals only. Call first for an appointment. Serves Amesbury, Groveland, Merrimac, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, Byfield, Newbury, and West Newbury. Curbside pickup.

Merrimac Council on Aging,100 E Main St., Merrimac, 978-346-9549. Merrimac residents only. Second and fourth Wednesdays, delivery of food packages. Must call from 10:30 a.m.–noon to request delivery.

The Market at Our Neighbor’s Table, Jarvis-Taylor Center; 194 Main St., Amesbury, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Call 978-388-1907. Once per week. Amesbury, South Hampton, Boxford, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, Byfield, West Newbury, Groveland, Rowley, and  Georgetown. Call ahead. Curbside delivery.

The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport. 978-465-0883, 1:00-3:45 p.m. Serves Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, Salisbury, and Byfield. Twice per month. Call ahead. Curbside delivery.

Thursdays

Community Action Inc., 44 Friend St., Amesbury, 978-388-2570, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Serves Merrimac, Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Byfield, and West Newbury. Call ahead. Hallway pickup.

Our Neighbors’ Table Newburyport, Nock Middle School, Low Street. 10:00 a.m.–noon. Serves Newburyport, Newbury, Byfield, and West Newbury once per week. Call ahead. Curbside delivery.

The Market at Our Neighbors’ Table, Jarvis-Taylor Center; 194 Main St., Amesbury. Noon–6:00 p.m., 978-388-1907, once a week. Serves Amesbury, South Hampton, Boxford, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, Byfield, West Newbury, Groveland, Rowley, and Georgetown. Call ahead. Curbside delivery.

The Rowley Food Pantry, serves Rowley residents every two weeks, Rectory of the First Baptist Church, rear door 153 Main St., Rowley. 978-238-6264. 5:30–7:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport. 978-465-0883, 1:00-3:45 p.m. Serves Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, Salisbury, and Byfield. Call first. Curbside pickup. Twice per month.

Fridays

First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury, 978-358-1077, 3:00–5 p.m., 2:30 p.m. for Newbury residents. Preorder online by 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Curbside pickup, 2:30–5 p.m. Local deliveries. Must preorder by phone or online.

The Market at Our Neighbors’ Table, Jarvis-Taylor Center; 194 Main St., Amesbury, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 978-388-1907, once per week. Amesbury, South Hampton, Boxford, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, Byfield, West Newbury, Groveland, Rowley, and Georgetown. Call ahead. Curbside delivery.

Saturdays

The Market at Our Neighbors’ Table, Jarvis-Taylor Center; 194 Main St., Amesbury, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 978-388-1907. Amesbury, South Hampton, Boxford, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, Byfield, W. Newbury, Groveland, Rowley, and Georgetown Call ahead. Curbside delivery. Once a week.

ONT/Merrimac Sweetsir Elementary School, 104 Church St., Merrimac. 978-388-1907, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Serves Merrimac residents only. Call ahead. Curbside delivery.