River House | Shelter, Opportunity & Confidence
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River House helps homeless individuals return to lives of self-sufficiency.


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.


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.


Thomas Holland, President

 Bliss Wallace, Vice President

Cathleen Landry, Treasurer

Linda L. Anderson-Mercier, Clerk

John Archer

John Burke

Lyn Freeman

Kurt Decker-Lucke

Jonathan Lukens

Peter Lutts

Paul O’Leary

Robert C. Seamans III

Andrew Oliver, President Emeritus


Cindy Beckford

Marketing & Development Manager

Kevin Nicholson

Director of Operations

Bri Ledford

Case Manager

Susan Robinson

Case Manager

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

You can help.


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.


Emergency Shelter

Rivhomeless-shelterer 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.

Congregate Living

kitchen2On 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.

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.

Privacy Notice:

All of the River House guests’ personal information is kept confidential and is protected in accord with both State and Federal Privacy Laws. The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is used by River House to collect relevant data on the local homeless population in order to assist State and
Federal agencies in allocating funds to geographical areas in need of resources. Guest participation in HMIS is voluntary.


Donate Online

Make a secure, online donation today through Paypal.

Donate By Mail

Please make your check payable to: “River House, Inc.” Mail to: River House P.O. Box 3226 Beverly, MA 01915

Donate A Dinner

A filling supper 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 Cindy Beckford @ 781-588-6728 or cbeckford@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 40.
  • 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.

Contributions to River House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,

are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Federal Tax ID Number is 20-4539306


  • 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.



There are many opportunities to get involved with the work of River House. If you’d like to help, please contact Cindy Beckford, Marketing & Development Manager, at cbeckford@riverhousbeverly.org or 781-588-6728.
  • Make meals for our clients
  • Collect socks, underwear, career clothing for our male clients
  • Organize a collection of men’s toiletries
  • Invite a River House representative to speak at your school or organization
  • Organize a food drive for the shelter pantry

Learn About Homelessness

A River House representative 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.  If you’d like to have us speak to your organization, please contact Cindy Beckford at cbeckford@riverhousebeverly.org or 978-921-1304.


Honoring The Dream of Dr. King: Housing as a Basic Human Right – From The Streets to a Home

January 16, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church

221 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Sponsored by Beverly’s Multi-Faith Coalition and First Baptist Church

Explore the causes and solutions to homelessness on the North Shore featuring Q&A with JasonEtheridge, Lifebridge/River House Executive Director; Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director, Haborlight Community Partners; and inspiring stories of neighbors who have moved from the streets.

Polar Plunge
Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2017
Lynch Park, Beverly, MA

Check-in at 11:00 a.m.

Plunge at 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a post-plunge party in Beverly High School’s Cafeteria

To Register – http://www.sbtwf.com/polarplungenorthshore/

or call 978/825-4004




  Friday, March 3, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church

221 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

A celebration event for the merger of River House in Beverly with Lifebridge in Salem

Save The Date River of Life Benefit Concert

Ticket ($25.00 each) reservations to made in advance online


For sponsorship and advertising information, please contact Melissa Lynch,  978-744-0500, m.lynch@lifebridgesalem.org


Street Address

56 River Street Beverly, MA

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 3226 Beverly, MA

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