The Pettengill House ~ For Local People By Local People

Like the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, today’s highlighted social service organization serves the northern-most towns of Boston’s North Shore.  Self-described through their catch-phrase “For Local People, By Local People,” The Pettengill House is yet another organization providing support and services to those in need, in an effort to assist them as they work toward a more secure, self-sufficient situation.

From their homepage:



The Pettengill House, Inc. is a non profit community social service agency established in 1994 which receives its funding through grants and private donations.  The Pettengill House, Inc. staff oversee operation and provide programming services and community outreach.  The Pettengill House, Inc. was originally owned by Salisbury’s Pettengill Family and is currently on loan to us from the East Parish Standing Committee.  This white Victorian home is located in the north section of Salisbury Square and is the main site of The Pettengill House.  Today’s professional staff led by Deborah Smith is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers and community collaborators who donate their time, energy and resources to maintain and operate The Pettengill House, Inc. and provide services to individuals, children and families in need.   



The mission statement of The Pettengill House, Inc. is to support, empower, and coordinate community and state services, provide basic needs, emergency assistance, prevention education, case management and supports to those in need.



From their wishlist page:

Washers / Dryers
Double Stroller

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact 978-463-8801


Pettengill House also has an ongoing list of donation needs, so check it out as well. In addition, they have a wonderful list of ongoing and annual programs including a food pantry and holiday gift-giving. I would encourage those interested in getting involved to check out their site. I would also recommend that existing organizations check it out as well as idea sharing is a wonderful way to amplify the effects of doing good ~ Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and, when it comes to doing good, it allows for more good to be accomplished and time spent on doing good rather than “reinventing the wheel,” so to speak…


Where do we fit in? Spreading the word about existing social service programs, empowering folks to get involved to the degree we are able even as we seek to simplify our lives, better understand ourselves and find a balance and sense of purpose in our lives that includes helping others. It won’t happen overnight but I believe it’s a worthy undertaking…

Have a great weekend and keep an eye out for treasures around your homes and in your weekend travels… N.


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