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Abby’s House special event!

Celebrate the 204th Birthday of Abby Kelley Foster!

Attend a luncheon and performance of Family Letters of Abby Kelley and Stephen Foster

With Lynne McKenney Lydick
as Abby Kelley

and Thomas Lydick
as Stephen Foster

Sunday, January 18

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m

Maxwell Silverman’s
25 Union St.

Luncheon and Program: $30 per person
Seating is limited.

Tickets must be purchased in advance,
are non-refundable, and will be held at the door.

Please RSVP by January 12 to Virginia Marchant
at 508-756-5486 ext. 35 or vmarchant@abbyshouse.org

Looking to buy something sparkly and pretty for New Year’s Eve? Then shop at Abby’s House Thrift Store for your sparkly, pretty things!


I got these sparkly necklaces my Santa is modeling at the Salvation Army (on Cambridge Street) years ago!


Got this great beaded clutch awhile back at another thrift shop run by a Worcester nonprofit human service agency.

I shop Goodwill (on Park Ave.) for my goodies: purses, dresses, baubles and trinkets! … . They have some real treasures. You just have to look for them, be willing to spend some time hunting for the pretty, funky stuff. Which is FUN!

Most “vintage” shops scour places like Goodwill, Abby’s House thrift shop, or the Salvation Army to find cool clothing, furniture, accessories and stuff. Then they MARK IT WAY UP $$$ for you – their customers.

Why not go straight to the source and find the great jewelry, skirts, funky stuff, etc for $1, $2, $3, $5  without a middle person who is gonna make you pay a lot more money for the goods?  Plus, if you shop at these thrift shops, places like ABBY’S HOUSE THRIFT STORE (see below), your money goes to great nonprofits that employ hundreds of local folks and work to make our community – especially vulnerable families and individuals – healthy and strong.

So … head out to where our Parlee Jones works – ABBY’S HOUSE! – and shop at their store!

52 High St., Worcester

By shopping at Abby’s House THRIFT SHOP (52 High St., across the street from St. Paul’s Cathedral) you support the shelter and the homeless women for whom it spells HOME.

Lots of greats buys! Lots of items Diamonds in the Rough!

The Abby’s House Thrift Shop

All of the profits from sales at the Thrift Shop fund their emergency women’s shelter.


Monday through Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fridays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

For more information, call (508) 756-5486, extension 12.

A special holiday request from Abby’s: At times we are in need of furniture in good condition that may be used to set up an apartment, such as small kitchen sets or desk sets. If you would like to make a furniture donation, please call ahead.

CLICK HERE to visit the Abby’s House website to learn more!

Abby’s House thrift shop holiday bazaar! Nov. 8! Buy fall jackets, jeans, sweaters, tees, etc!



10 am to 1 pm


52 High Street, Worcester

Visit the Abby’s House Thrift Shop Holiday Bazaar!

 Give yourself a head start on holiday shopping!

We’re selling:



Holiday ornaments


Holiday Gifts

New Toys

Unique Thrift Shop finds!

 Drop by and have some coffee, tea or cider and cookies on us!!

And take home some delicious goodies from our BAKED GOODS SALE tables!


All proceeds will benefit Abby’s House Shelter

Love Shouldn’t Hurt! October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Parlee and Athena 2

Parlee Jones (left) – a woman of beauty and consequence! Thank you, Parlee, for all your great work in Worcester and beyond!

By Parlee Jones

Peace,  Worcester people!

In my position as Shelter Advocate at Abby’s House, some of the bravest women I have met are the women who are fleeing a Domestic Violence situation.  They are willing to walk away from everything they own, with the clothes on their back, going into the unknown.  Some willing to meet unknown folks at a train station or bus station to go to a new place, a new home.  Some with children, some without children.  Some very young, some middle aged, some older women.  Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, all folks.  Trying to get away from the one they love and who is supposed to be loving them.  Willing and ready to start over again.  Just worried about finding a place to stop the pain.

On September 15, 2010, the National Network to End Domestic Violence did a 24 hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and services reported the following information.  1,746 out of 1,920, or 91%, of identified local domestic violence programs in the United States and territories participated in the 2010 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The following figures represent the information provided by 1,746 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period.


70,648 Victims Served in One Day

37,519 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.  33,129 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.

23,522 Hotline Calls Answered

Domestic violence hotlines are a lifeline for victims in danger, providing support, information, safety planning, and resources. In the 24-hour survey period, local domestic violence programs answered 22,292 calls and the National Domestic Violence Hotline answered 1,230 calls, resulting in more than 16 hotline calls every minute.

Despite helping over 70,500 people on September 15, 2010, domestic violence programs were unable to meet 9,541 requests for services because of a lack of funding, staffing and resources. Although programs have historically struggled to find resources to provide comprehensive services, funding cuts, reduced donations, and dwindling community resources are severely straining programs’ ability to help survivors get back on their feet.

If you are a domestic violence victim, let the people who care about you help you.

1. Confide in someone you trust. If you have a friend or relative who cares about your safety, tell them about the abuse. Sharing a burden with someone makes it lighter. If you’ve left your abusive relationship and are feeling lonely and tempted to return, talk it out with a friend who knows the situation.

2. Don’t let others talk you into taking action that doesn’t feel right to you. You are the only one who knows if you’re ready to leave your relationship, go to the police, or seek emergency shelter. Make your own decisions, based on your own comfort level.

3. Leave an “emergency kit” with a friend. This could include extra money, a set of car keys, a change of clothes and copies of important documents (driver’s license, birth certificates, social security card, health insurance records, documentation of abuse) that may come in handy in an emergency. Think of what you might need if you have to leave your home in a hurry.

4. Ask a friend to accompany you to important appointments. If you have medical appointments, are going to the police, to court, or to see a lawyer, take a friend along for moral support.

5. Make sure a friend knows about your Personal Safety Plan. Start making your own Personal Safety Plan Go over it with a friend and give that friend a copy of the plan.

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. Safety planning involves how to cope with emotions, tell friends and family about the abuse, take legal action and more.  A good safety plan will have all of the vital information you need and be tailored to your unique situation, and will help walk you through different scenarios.

In Worcester we have been acknowledging the national awareness of this terrible epidemic with quite a few events. [Still to happen]:

October 27 ~ Daybreak Breakfast:  7:45 – 9:30 am Holy Cross Hogan Campus Center (more info 5608 767 2505 x 3009 $35)

October 29 ~ 6 pm to 8 pm ~ Spoken Word and Music Honorary Concert at the Worcester Public Library. This is going to be an incredible event, with some of Worcester’s most amazing poets and singers! Please join us! 

All month long the Empty Place at the Table Exhibit will be showing at different places including Worcester City Hall, Worcester Public Library, Heywood Hospital, MWCC Student Lounge, Leominster City Hall, Health Alliance Hospital, Holy Cross, Fitchburg State, Quinsigamond Community College Student Life Center, UMASS Hospital and the Worcester Police Department.

For more info on these events you can call Daybreak at 508 767 2505.

National Network to End Domestic Violence http://nnedv.org/

Jane Doe (Mass. Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence http://janedoe.org/

Daybreak http://www.ywcacentralmass.org/domestic-violence

MassResources.org  http://www.massresources.org/domestic-violence-agencies.html