COVID-19 Update 5/14/2020:

Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 6 —

This week’s Virtual Community Response and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson chats  with Barbara St. Pierre join us, a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience working with children and families. Hear Barbara’s helpful tips regarding mental health and self care during this crisis.

Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 5 — 

This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on our efforts with the Peabody schools, with help from Rotary Club of Peabody and No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody. Corey chats with school committee member and No Child Goes Hungry In Peabody ED, Jarrod Hochmant.

Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 4 — 

This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here.  Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on the current operations at Haven from Hunger, including our recent hiring of 10 new employees with crisis funding. We will also update you on our work with the Peabody schools and the Salem Community.

Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 3 — 

This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on our current hiring needs. We are using crisis funding to hire 10 new temporary employees at Haven from Hunger. We anticipate this to last, at minimum, 8 weeks. This is a great opportunity for someone who works in the food service industry and is currently unemployed due to COVID-19.

Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 2 —

This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on our current, essential services and how folks can access those services. Learn how we, at Citizens Inn, are keeping our clients safe during this unprecedented time. And finally, find out about other emergency services for you or someone in need.

Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 1 —

This weeks Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson shares our role in helping the most vulnerable during this crisis and answering questions that we invited the public to submit.

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As supporters, volunteers, and friends of Citizens Inn, we will be keeping this web page updated with information about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can help. As the situation evolves, we are shifting operations as necessary to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in our community, while keeping our clients, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our community and acting proactively, with the following modifications to our operations:

  • We will no longer be accepting in-kind donations (food, clothing, etc.) until further notice, due to sanitary concerns.
  • Our administrative office (81 Main Street), is currently closed. However, if you have any questions or concerns please call our main line at 978-531-9775 and leave a detailed message. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.
  • No visitors are permitted at the shelters at this time. All outside providers should call our administrative office prior to visiting.
  • Haven from Hunger (71 Wallis Street, Peabody) will continue to operate, providing clients with pre-bagged groceries, including dairy, meats, fresh produce, and shelf-stable food from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This service is available to all residents of Peabody, Salem, and Lynnfield.
  • NEW – senior hour for clients 65 and older. Seniors can come to Haven for pantry services between 9am-10am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
  • If you are a Peabody, Salem or Lynnfield resident and need to access our pantry services, please fill out this form and bring it with you, along with an ID and a piece of mail from the last 30 days with your address on it. The form is also available in Spanish and Portuguese. Please refer to the times above for pantry hours.
  • Take-away meals will be distributed from 4:00-5:00 pm on the same days, from the same location to any Peabody residents who need a meal.
  • All of our facilities, including Inn Between, Inn Transition, and Haven from Hunger, are cleaned and sanitized frequently, and our clients and staff are thoroughly following best hygiene practices


 How can YOU help?

  • We just hired 10 new Haven from Hunger team members thanks to crisis funding. At this time we are not in need of any new volunteers. Please check back at the end of May and reach out to Gianna Langis, glangis@citizensinn.org to find out if our needs have changed.
  • Cash donations are most appreciated at this time, as we have seen a surge in unforeseen expenses associated with this virus. This includes cleaning supplies, bags for food, gloves, additional staff if needed, additional shifts to accommodate more trips to the Greater Boston Food Bank and transportation of food to many senior citizens’ and students’ homes. Lastly and most vitally, we need funds to purchase additional food (as needed, we have access to purchase food at pennies on the dollar). As you have seen, grocery store shelves have become bare and our food rescue options have dropped immenselyPlease consider making a gift of any amount to support the thousands who rely on our services in your community: www.citizensinn.org/give

Please be sure to check our Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest updates about our activities in the community.

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