Women’s Resources

Compiled by Nan Byrne (thank you!). Want to add a resource, report a broken link or new phone number, or anything else? Please post a comment or use the contact form at the end of the list.

Adoptive Family Gathering 508-693-7900 x283

All Families Touched by Adoption
AFTA is a monthly discussion group. The mission of this group is to enrich the lives of children, families, and all those touched by or considering adoption. Contact Kim D’Arcy, Family Center Coordinator: 508-687-9182

Baby’s First Year 508-693-7900 x283

Breastfeeding Network
Community-led group on Martha’s Vineyard provides free education, live support, and home visits for breastfeeding families. Phone: 508-396-7498 (24-Hour Pager).

Child Care and Early Education
For information about day care, Head Start, play groups, child care providers, care centers, and early education options. Contact Community Services of Martha’s Vineyard.

Clothes to Go
A year-round program that provides free, new, and gently used clothing to anyone who needs it at the Stone Church, 81 William Street, Vineyard Haven. Contact Jennifer: 508-693-4424.

Community Partnership for Children 508-696-6568

CONNECT to End Violence
24 hour assistance to survivors of domestic/sexual violence is available from the Crisis Hotline 24/7 508-696-SAFE (7233) Support group for those who have survived an abusive relationship is held every Wednesday through April 15, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Contact Sara Leandro.

Eating Disorders Anonymous
Meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. at St. Andrews Church Parish Hall Summer and Winter Streets, Edgartown. Contact: Sue 508-627-5330.

Family Support Center, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
Programs available in the areas of Disability, Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Youth and Family Services, and others. Call 508-693-7900 x249.

First Stop MV
An Island-wide reference guide connecting people to information and critical resources for Islanders of all ages. Available in both English and Portuguese.

Food Resource Hotline
Resources include emergency food, food pantries, meal programs, nutrition education, nutrition programs, and community suppers. For a list of available resources in English or Portuguese, call 508-693-7900 ext. 410 or email Food.resources@mvcommunityservices.com.

Island Food Pantry
Anyone having difficulty obtaining food is eligible for assistance from the Island Food Pantry. Located at the Christ United Methodist Church (the “Stone Church”) at the corner of William and Church Streets in Vineyard Haven, open year round. Email islandfoodpantry@gmail.com or call 508-693-4764.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
Fenway Community Health center: 888-340-4528. Peer listening line, 800-399-7337.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
Sisters in Strength Gynecologic Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6;30 pm at Help at Capespace, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis. Free and open to any woman diagnosed with any gynecologic cancer.

Health Imperatives – Martha’s Vineyard
Health Imperatives, a nonprofit agency that serves low-income and vulnerable families and individuals, provides programs in sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and health education on Martha’s Vineyard, including: Sexual and reproductive health/family planning, pregnancy prevention and birth control, HIV prevention (PrEP and PEP), STD testing and treatment. Phone: 508-693-1208.

Health Care Access
Helps people apply for, enroll in, and maintain coverage in health insurance programs including MassHealth (Medicaid), Medicare, Connector Care, and Qualified Health Plans and provides assistance with other government benefits like Social Security, Disability, and Food Stamps. Phone: 508-696-0020.

Immigration Resource Center
On the first and third Friday of every month the Immigration Resource Center of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands in partnership with the  Island-Wide Youth Cooperative (IWYC) brings free, expert legal advice to those on-Island needing help with immigration issues. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 508-693-7900, ext. 410.

Infertility Experience 508-693-7900 x283.

Island Health Care Community Health Center
Provides access to quality health care regardless of income or insurance status. Includes nurse practitioners, nurses, psychiatrists. Phone: 508-939-9358.

Island Wide Youth Collective (IWYC)
IWYC, a Massachusetts Family Resource Center, provides services for at-risk families, young people, and community members. Phone: 508-693-7900 x410.

La Leche League of Martha’s Vineyard
Breastfeeding education and support. Email lllofmv@yahoo.com; phone 774-521-4486.

Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living
Provides services for individuals over 55 including supportive family day program, dementia family services, emergency food help, and other services. Contact info: 508-939-9440.

Mental Health Services
Call MV Community Services at 508-693-7900 Ext. 225. Committed to helping adults, seniors, families, children, and adolescents deal with day-to-day challenges, stress, trauma, mental health, substance use, and behavioral issues. Emergency Services line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 508-693-0032.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Groups
Living with mental illness meets on first Sunday of each month at 6 pm at Island Wide Youth Collaborative on the MV Community Services campus. Contact: Maryann Del Vecchio 860-690-4583. And on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Contact Celia Brennan, 201-981-5123.

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings at various island locations. Visit mvana.org for more info.

Parents Apart
Designed to assist parents in understanding the impact of divorce on children and provides parents with skills & tools to help their children adjust. Call 508-693-7900 x225.

Parents Who Lost Child to Suicide Suzie deLancey, 508-693-2896.

Parent Stress Line Phone: 1-800-632-8188.

Postpartum Depression, 508-693-7900 x283.

Pregnancy Loss 508-693-7900 x283.

Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Support Group
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services offers a support group for youth and adults of all ages who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or any other multitude of identities on the transgender spectrum. The group meets Thursday from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative (on the campus of MVCS). Phone: 508-693-7900 x410.

Veterans Support Group
Readjustment counseling for veterans: Island Counseling Center offers focused individual counseling and group services to returning war veterans. Support Group meets weekly. Contact Tom Bennett 508-693-7900 x211.

Vineyard Birth Collective
The Vineyard Birth Collective provides a comprehensive online listing of local resources and practitioners offering physical, emotional, and social support to Island families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

Waiting to Adopt 508-693-7900 x283.

Wampanoag Tribe & Women’s Center
Open to women in the Aquinnah Wampanoag Community, Phone: 508-955-9023.
24 Hour Hotline: 508-955-9164 Provides advocacy, crisis Intervention, food support, referrals.

We Stand Together/Estamos Todos Juntos (WST/ETJ)
A community organization focused on civic engagement. Meets at West Tisbury library on alternate Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. Call 413-230-9012. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/wstetjmv/ for more info.

Winter Shelter Program
All-Island Clergy Association’s “Houses of Grace” program sponsors Warm Spaces and Cold Weather Shelters. 508-627-5330.

Women’s AA Meeting
Tuesday 6:15 pm at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Call 508-627-7084 or visit aaonmv.org.

Women Empowered
An Island education and support nonprofit providing life skills coaching services for women, men, and families struggling with financial challenges. 508-696-8880.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify. (WIC) 508-693-1299.