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Social and Financial Resources for Fishermen’s Assistance - 2016

Regional Services

Shaw Fund for Mariners’ Children – provide social services and small grant assistance with outstanding bill and training payments.

Boston, MA: 781-762-0698
Mashpee, MA: 508-477-6708
Portsmouth, NH: 603-433-1853
Bangor, ME: 207-990-1776

Catholic Charities - provide community health and social services, residential shelters and transitional housing, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment programs, refugee and immigration services and parish social ministry.

Boston, MA:  617-482-5440
Manchester, NH: 603- 669-3030
Portland, ME: 207-781-8550

Fishing Partnership Support Services – provide help with health insurance, health screenings and special events, advice from legal and financial professionals, professional counseling on family issues, depression, grief, and substance abuse, and safety training.

Gloucester, MA: 978-282-4847
Scituate, MA: 781-635-0011
New Bedford, MA: 508-991-3043
Chatham, MA: 508- 237-9402
Kennebunk, ME: 207-967-4555

RESCUES Manual - the ‘Responding to Emergencies at Sea and to Communities Under Extreme Stress’ manual consolidates a wealth of information to help prepare individuals, groups and entire communities for crises affecting members of the commercial fishing industry. The manual addresses important considerations for preventing injury and serves as a guide for dealing with tragedies such as the sinking of a boat or the aftermath of losing a crewmember at sea. If you would like a print copy of the RESCUES manual, contact or download a copy.

Local food pantries – provide food to those in need. Many are located throughout the region and can be located through local churches or the internet.

Future Fisherman Foundation – provide Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs training for youth.

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation - uses marketing, outreach and education strategies to grow participation in boating and fishing, and offers a variety of tools to its stakeholders to help them more strategically and effectively focus on their boater/angler recruitment, retention and reactivation efforts.

Cape Cod, MA

Women of Fishing Families:  provide Cape Cod fishing families with an active support network during times of transition and unforeseen circumstances. They offer emergency financial assistance, long-term financial planning, and connect families to resources.

Cape Cod Healthcare – Office of Community Benefits - help underserved populations with health care resources; paying medical bills: 508-862-7896,

Hands of Hope – provide emergency assistance to low income families in need: 508-432-1312,

Lower Cape Outreach Council – provide emergency assistance: 508-240-1490,

Community Action Committee of Cape Cod - provide services to low income families to achieve self-sufficiency. Their Office of Career Opportunities helps place unemployed individuals in new job opportunities: 508-771-1727.

MA Department of Transitional Assistance - provides heating, utilities, rental/mortgage, and food stamp benefits based on eligibility: 508-862-6600.

St. Vincent DePaul Society – provides housing and emergency financial assistance: 508-255-8080.

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod – provides food and clothing to those in need: 508-432-6519.

Monomoy Community Services – provides social service, childcare, and family resources for Chatham residents: 508-945-1501,


Southeastern Connecticut Fisherman's Loan and Technical Assistance Program - offers loans averaging $50,000 per applicant for commercial fishermen or other marine job creation projects to: purchase equipment, convert to alternative employment, develop alternative species or aquaculture projects, or convert vessels for alternative uses.

New Jersey

Marine Trades Association of New Jersey – offers scholarship for members through the MTA/NJ Education Foundation.

Love Inc. - Love in the Name of Christ is a faith-based initiative in Monmouth County, NJ with a mission to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. It provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to thousands of children and adults throughout Monmouth County. 

O.C.E.A.N. Inc. - a community action agency providing support with affordable housing, home energy and weatherization throughout New Jersey.

Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training – provide job training and listings

Rhode Island Commercial Fisheries Revolving Loan Fund Program - provide local fishermen with access to short-term, low-interest loans for the sole purpose of leasing groundfish quota shares.  Contact Christopher M. Grasso, Business Banking Officer, phone (401) 348-1250, or e-mail

Rhode Island Food Bank