Less than Enough: Poverty in Greater Newburyport

Community Discussion  |  Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:00 p.m.  |  Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport, MA


Continuing its Invisible Neighbors Series, Pettengill House community partners, Pennies for Poverty (, will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, May 22nd, featuring the work of Pettengill House to remedy the personal risks of not having enough and poverty’s impact on our communities. Starting at 7:00 pm, the meeting at Central Congregational Church (14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport) will explore the human stories behind local poverty and provide insight into the challenges faced by the 3,000 neighbors who seek help from Pettengill House each year. Pettengill House is the only multi-purpose, professional, wrap-around social service agency in the area providing comprehensive case management, advocacy and support services. Pettengill serves children, families, elders and single adults.

This roundtable discussion features Pettengill social workers, Laurie Wile and Lisa Prendergast, and Pettengill Assistant Director Tiffany Nigro

How do hard-working people, many of whom are long-time area residents, end up with not enough housing, food, social supports, and prospects? Where do people get help? What can our community do to assist neighbors to recover from hard times? Learn how small acts can have a huge impact and come away with some ideas about how your actions can help.

Grog Restaurant Fundraiser Night for Pettengill House
 - Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 -
5:00-9:00 PM
Come enjoy a great meal at The Grog (13 Middle Street, Newburyport, MA) on Thursday, May 23rd, and support The Pettengill House, Inc. at the same time!  Just tell your server you are there to support The Pettengill House, and The Grog will donate 20% of your bill!

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
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
Some Pettengill 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)