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SHELTER  OPPORTUNITY  CONFIDENCE

River House helps homeless individuals return to lives of self-sufficiency.

ABOUT US

Our Mission

River House helps homeless individuals return to lives of self-sufficiency.

Our Work

We provide homeless individuals with temporary shelter and the opportunity to work in partnership with our staff and the community to find stable income, adequate health care, and a permanent home.

Our Values

In all that we do, we are guided by our commitment to hospitality,
mutual respect, and personal integrity.

Become a Hero with one small act of Support.

OUR HISTORY

The shelter was run by the City of Beverly through Beverly Bootstraps in the former McDonald’s restaurant on Water St. in Beverly.

The shelter was run at the River House by the Salvation Army.

The shelter was run in the former McDonald’s by the Beverly Emergency Shelter Coalition in partnership with the Greater Beverly YMCA.

River House became incorporated as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit entity.

River House partnered with North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP), which served as the administrative and fiscal agent for River House, Inc.

Harborlight Community Partners, a regional North Shore nonprofit affordable housing organization, began acting as the managing agent for River House.

OUR BOARD

Linda L. Anderson-Mercier

President

John Archer

Board Member

Sally Calhoun

Clerk

OUR STAFF

Kate Benashski

Executive Director

PHONE: 978-921-1304

Please feel free to call me about any inquiries you might have about volunteerism, donations or any of our services.

Over 20,000 individuals in Massachusetts face homelessness every night.

You can help.

OUR GUESTS

Shelter guests come from a variety of backgrounds. Many grew up on the North Shore.

 

Education Matters

 

It’s hard to find a decent job without a high school diploma. Such was the case for Nate, a 26-year-old guest at River House. When he and his case manager, Kevin, sat down to map his path out of homelessness, it was clear that earning a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) was his top priority. “I tried to get my GED a bunch of times before, but it never worked out,” said Nathaniel, “This time I knew that River House had my back.”

Nathaniel signed up for a free GED prep class at Beverly Bootstraps and for tutoring by River House volunteers. After three months of hard work, Nathaniel earned his GED.

Become a Hero with one small act of Support.

OUR PROGRAMS

Emergency Shelter

River House provides a safe place to sleep, a filling supper, and a fortifying breakfast for up to 34 men each day. Guests find more than shelter at River House, where caring and committed staff works to help them find jobs, permanent housing, and medical care. The staff also helps guests access benefits, such as those for veterans, senior citizens, and the disabled.

Our shelter is modest. We have 12 bunks on our lower level. At night, the dining room is turned into sleeping quarters with yoga mats and cots. We provide guests with sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels, as well as storage for personal items and clothing. Each guest has access to a hot shower and free laundry facilities.

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Congregate Living

On the second floor of River House is our congregate living area, which provides a supportive and affordable rental opportunity for five formerly homeless individuals. Each tenant has a private bedroom and shares a common living room, a kitchen, two bathrooms, laundry facilities, and the responsibilities of household chores. Tenants also receive case-management services to assist with goal planning and life-management skills.

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Services Provided

Health insurance applications
Housing applications and referrals
In-house mental health and relapse prevention treatment
Employment counseling and referrals Referrals for legal assistance
Follow-up services and advocacy after guests move into permanent housing.

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DONATE

Donate Online

Make a secure, online donation today through Paypal.

 

DONATE NOW

Contributions to River House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our federal tax ID number is 56-2345287.

Donate By Mail

Please make your check payable to “River House, Inc.” and mail to:

River House
PO Box 3226
Beverly, MA 01915

Donate A Dinner

A filling supper a means the world to the homeless men who turn to River House for help. For much of the year, Endicott College generously donates our evening meals but when Endicott is on break, we turn to our friends in the community for help.

Won’t you help by providing a dinner for River House? It’s a great way for friends, families, colleagues and faith communities to come together to make a real difference. You can cook at your house, here at River House, or pick up the phone and order take-out.

If you’d like to provide a meal…

  • Contact Kate Benashski at kate@riverhousebeverly.org for a link to our online meal calendar where you can select an available date (or dates) convenient for you.
  • Plan to serve dinner for 30.
  • Cook at your house, cook at River House, or order take-out.
  • Deliver your meal by 7 p.m. to 56 River Street, Beverly.
  • Please don’t use wine or other alcohol in your cooking.
  • Please consider staying for dinner. Your companionship will be very much appreciated.

Items We Need

  • Pantry items: non-perishables and especially milk, cereal, coffee and sugar
  • USB flash drives
  • Duffle bags and back packs
  • Underwear and socks
  • Men’s toiletries especially anti-perspirant/deodorant, razors and shaving cream
  • First-aid supplies, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, cough drops, foot powder, chapstick, large disposable gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunblock
  • Commuter rail tickets/passes
  • Towels
  • Large flip flops for the shower
  • Kleenex, napkins
  • Cleaning supplies, especially bleach

Thank you for your support.

GET INVOLVED

Volunteer

There are many opportunities to get involved with the work of River House.
If you’d like to help, please contact Kate Benashski, Executive Director, at kate@riverhousbeverly.org or 978-921-1304.
  • Help with fundraising events
  • Make bag lunches for shelter guests
  • Collect socks and underwear for shelter guests
  • Invite a shelter guest to speak at your school or organization
  • Organize a food drive for the shelter pantry
  • Help organize and inventory interview and career clothing to assist men re-entering the workforce to make the best impression possible
  • Host a monthly birthday party for shelter guests
  • Organize a collection of men’s toiletries

Learn About Homelessness

Our executive director, Kate Benashski, would be happy to speak to your school, church, or organization about homelessness and how River House is making a difference in the Beverly area. She often invites one or two of the shelter guests to accompany her, so you can get a first-hand view of homelessness.

If you’d like to have us speak to your organization, please contact Kate Benashski, Executive Director, at kate@riverhousbeverly.org or 978-921-1304.

Thank you for your support.

EVENTS

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CONTACT US

Our Street Address

56 River Street

Beverly, MA

Our Mailing Address

P.O. Box 3226

Beverly, MA

Our Phone Number

978-921-1304

Our Email Address

kate@riverhousebeverly.org

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