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.

Pettengill House continues to provide essential basic needs services for individuals and families in our communities, while taking every precaution to maintain the safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers.  Please scroll down and/or visit our Facebook page for the latest updates regarding Pettengill House operations during the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 Financial Relief:
For general information and guidelines about COVID-19, please visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 Essex County Community Foundation Seal of Approval
We are proud to announce The Pettengill House, Inc. has been awarded a grant from the Essex County Community Foundation in the amount of $15,000 in support of the agency's work on the front-lines working with the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Essex County who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Aid 4 Amesbury is an initiative created by the City of Amesbury in partnership with The Pettengill House, Inc. to help Amesbury residents who are economically vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. With many businesses having to close their doors and many in our community who have been laid off or let go from their jobs, we know people are concerned about not being able to pay bills and support their families.
To donate or apply for assistance, please visit the 
Aid 4 Amesbury page, listed under the COVID-19 Relief tab

Newburyport Rental Assistance
The purpose of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program is to provide short term relief to low and moderate income individuals and families whose incomes have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Newburyport, through its Affordable Housing Trust, will be providing grants to financially assist qualified households during this crisis. The City of Newburyport has partnered with the Pettengill House, Inc. to administer the rental assistance program. 
For application and eligibility guidelines, please visit the Newburyport Rent Assistance page listed under the COVID-19 Relief tab.

Pettengill House Procedures for COVID-19
For the safety of our clients and staff all appointments will be conducted remotely by phone rather than face-to-face. The office is closed, but staff will be working remotely and will continue to be available by phone/email during regular hours.  Clients, please reach out to your social worker directly with any questions or concerns.  All others in need of support/information, please call the main number (978) 463-8801 and leave a message.
Our food pantry at 13 Lafayette Road in Salisbury will operate during its regular hours on Tuesdays (9:00-2:00 & 4:00-6:00) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Please call us at (978) 463-8801 and leave a message, and someone will return your call to schedule an appointment. For the safety of all involved, we are prohibiting entry into the food pantry, and will instead be fulfilling food orders using a “curbside” method of pickup and distribution. Instead of coming inside, please park in the driveway and wait in your car, where you will be greeted and checked-in by staff or volunteers. We will fill bags and bring food and supplies out to you. 

We are also adding an extra day of pantry services JUST FOR SENIORS (age 60+) on Wednesdays, 9:00-1:00 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Senior clients, please call (978) 463-8801, leave a message, and someone will return your call to schedule an appointment.

If you are in need of food, but are unable to leave your home, please call us at (978) 463-8801 and leave a message.

As this crisis unfolds, we will continue to do our best to ensure the basic needs of people in the communities we serve are met.  Please stay tuned for updates on our Facebook page and here on our website. 


Gift cards and Monetary Donations
Gift cards and monetary donations are so helpful and greatly appreciated, and can easily be donated remotely! To make a donation online, please visit our donation page. You can also mail monetary donations and gift cards to The Pettengill House, Inc., 21 Water Street, Suite 4A, Amesbury, MA 01913.

Pantry Donation Drop-offs
Please note our limited pantry donation drop-off hours: FRIDAYS 8-NOON. Donations can be dropped off OUTSIDE at 13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA during Friday morning hours.
We are currently most in need of the following items:
  • Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, soap, body wash, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Pasta & pasta sauces
  • White rice
  • Cereal (especially Cheerios)
  • Mac-N-Cheese
  • Ramen noodles
  • Tuna (especially white)
  • Canned meals (spaghetti-os, ravioli, etc.)
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Snacks (especially granola bars, chips)
  • Gluten-free items
  • Baking mixes (cake, cookies, etc.)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Gift cards for groceries, gas, etc.

 Pettengill House Annual Fundraiser 2020
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's event on March 6th at Blue Ocean Music Hall a big success!
Special thanks to this year's generous sponsors:
 Platinum Sponsors:  Institution for Savings, Newburyport Bank, and Provident Bank
Gold Sponsor: MKS Instruments, Inc.
For more photos from the evening, please visit our Facebook page!

Thank you for your support of The Pettengill House, and the individuals, children, and families of our community. We wish you and your loved ones all the best for 2020! 

Making the Season Brighter for Families in Need
Although we do not have a formalized holiday program at The Pettengill House, we aim to fill in the gaps and provide supplemental assistance for those in need who may not qualify for other area programs. We are thankful for the many generous individuals and groups who reach out to us during the holiday season with offers to sponsor a family, and/or contribute donations of gift cards, toys, clothing, and other various items. We are also grateful for our enthusiastic group of volunteers who helped organize and set up for holiday appointments, and greeted families with warm smiles and holiday cheer. This year, because of the generous support from donors and volunteers, we were able to provide assistance to more than 110 children through our supplemental holiday gift program!

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)