Mission Statement
To support and empower individuals, children and families by providing education, comprehensive case management, and basic needs; and by coordinating community supports that contribute to individual and family stabilization, personal growth, and development.
 

                   SPOTLIGHT                    
 
The Holiday Season is Here...
 
Pettengill House provides supplemental assistance for local families in need. We are currently collecting donations of gift cards for groceries, gas, clothing, and other essentials to help families during the holiday season. This is an especially challenging time of year for families who are struggling to make ends meet. A gift card donation can enable a family to fix a holiday meal, put gas in the tank to visit relatives, replace worn out winter clothes, or put some presents under the tree for their children.

Gift card donations can be dropped off or mailed to The Pettengill House, 21 Water Street, Suite 4A, Amesbury, MA 01913.


 
Coat Drive 2019 was a big success, thanks to our AMAZING donors and volunteers!
 

 
 
 

 
Operation Backpack 2019
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's back-to-school drive!  This past year, we distributed more than 325 backpacks to students in need, bringing our fifteen year total to over 6,000 backpacks!!
 
   
 

Big News:  We have expanded our Amesbury site! 

 

Shown in photo: Some Pettengill House staff members enjoying our brand new space! From left to right: Tiffany Nigro, assistant director; Ann Champagne, social worker; Deb Smith, executive director; Lisa Harrington, social worker assistant; Lisa Prendergast, social worker.
 
 
May 29, 2019 – The Pettengill House, Inc. is thrilled to announce the expansion of their site in Amesbury, which will result in more than doubling the size and capacity of the area the agency currently occupies in the Carriage Mills building at 21 Water Street. This expansion will enable The Pettengill House staff to work together in a unified space on a more consistent basis, which will help to streamline communication and collaboration, especially when addressing complex casework. Restructuring will enhance the organization’s overall ability to provide extensive comprehensive case management in its role as the lead social service agency in the greater Newburyport community.

“This expansion will provide a team approach to better meet the needs of our clientele while providing a more streamlined, cohesive delivery of services for all nine communities,” said Deb Smith, Executive Director.

Part of the expansion project involves the construction of additional enclosed offices where social work staff can meet with clients in a private setting. Along with new offices, Pettengill House will have increased space for programs and trainings.

Pettengill House will continue to operate at both the Salisbury and Amesbury locations, and the food pantry will remain at the Salisbury site. Although the Salisbury office will have revised hours going forward, there will be no change in the current hours of operation for the food pantry.

“It is extremely important to note that we are not leaving Salisbury,” said Smith. “Through the continued generosity of both the East Parish Standing Committee, which owns Pettengill’s site at 13 Lafayette Road in Salisbury, along with advisory member Wayne Capolupo, who generously provides us with additional in-kind space, our food pantry and other basic needs and outreach programs will remain as they are.”

Since its inception in 1994, The Pettengill House has worked to adapt and respond to evolving community needs. Two and a half decades into service, the agency annually supports 3,000 clients—17% of whom are homeless, without permanent residency. Needs continue to grow and cases are becoming increasingly complex as local communities face a variety of challenges, including rises in substance addiction and homelessness. Over the last few years, Pettengill House leaders have explored options for expanding the agency’s space, and thus its capacity to better meet clients’ needs. The agency considered a capital campaign to purchase or build a new facility, but ultimately decided to continue leasing space.

“As an organization, we always strive to make decisions that will best serve the community while keeping costs low,” said Smith. “After much discussion and research, it was determined that it would be in the best interest of the agency, both programmatically and fiscally, to lease a space rather than making a purchase, allowing us to put saved resources toward direct service.”

In 2015, The Pettengill House leased their second location in Amesbury, which proved to be an asset to the agency and its clients, streamlining programs and extending the agency’s supportive presence in the community. Pettengill House leaders continued to explore options to expand further, and in 2018 a plan for doing so began to take shape. As a result of generous contributions from community supporters, The Pettengill House was given the opportunity to expand into the vacant space adjacent to their current Amesbury site. Construction and renovation began in the early spring of 2019, and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of May.

“This expansion has been a long time coming, and it’s an exciting step forward. We are thankful for the generous community support that led us to this great opportunity,” said Tiffany Nigro, Assistant Director.

The Pettengill House extends immense gratitude to the generous contributors who have made this expansion possible, giving special thanks to The Provident Bank, the Amesbury Healthcare Charitable Trust, Amesbury building owner Dan Healey and his staff, contractor Jay McPartland, the dedicated Pettengill House Board of Directors and Advisory Board. The Pettengill House would also like to thank advisory members Laurie Knapp and Pam Bishop, along with community supporters Mary Williamson and John McGrath, who played key roles in facilitating this project.

Starting on Monday, June 3rd, the revised Pettengill House business hours will be as follows:

Pettengill Food Pantry (13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA): Tuesday, 9:00-2:00 PM and 4:00-6:00 PM

REVISED: Salisbury office for pantry donation drop-off (13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA): Tuesday, 2:00-4:00 PM; Wednesday, 8:00-10:00 AM; Friday, 8:00-10:00 AM

Amesbury office (21 Water Street, Suite 4A, Amesbury, MA): Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 PM 

For any questions regarding the expansion, please call The Pettengill House at (978) 463-8801 or (978) 792-5205.
 

The Pettengill House serves nine Massachusetts cities and towns, including Amesbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury. The mission of The Pettengill House, Inc. is to support and empower children and families by providing education, comprehensive case management and basic needs; and by coordinating community supports that contribute to individual and family stabilization, personal growth and development. 


 
Mental Health First Aid Training 2019
 
Pettengill House has kicked off our second year of Mental Health First Aid training!  MHFA teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. We believe the practical knowledge and awareness of mental health this training imparts is hugely beneficial to participants and to the community as a whole. The Pettengill House, Inc. is proud to offer the course to our community partners thanks to a generous grant from the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation.  To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, please visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
  
Our first course this year focused on public safety, and was led by PGH advisory board member and retired Amesbury police detective, Det. Robert Wile. We offered this particular training to local police departments in our catchment area, with whom Pettengill staff work closely on a regular basis, and we ended up with a fantastic group of participants from a variety of local police departments, including Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Merrimac, Rowley, and Salisbury.

Special thanks to Holy Family Parish for providing us with a wonderful venue for the training, and to Amesbury Flatbread Company for treating everyone to a delicious lunch!

   
 
 

 
Cummings Foundation's "$100 for 100k" Grant Will Fund Increased Senior Outreach and Services
 

We are honored and thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient of the Cumming Foundation's "$100k for 100" grant!  We have big plans to use this grant to implement a new Senior Wellness Outreach Program (SWOP) and expand our services to meet the growing needs of the vulnerable senior citizen population in Salisbury and Newburyport. Thank you to the Cummings Foundation for supporting the The Pettengill House's mission, and helping us improve the lives of senior citizens in our community!

To learn more about the Cummings Foundation, visit https://www.cummingsfoundation.org
 
 
Some Pettengill House staff members and senior community members celebrate the $100k grant given by
The Cummings Foundation to The Pettengill House for a new Senior Wellness Outreach Program (SWOP)