What is WISSH?

Wenham Issues of Social Services Help is a Committee approved by the Wenham Board of Selectman to assist them in serving Wenham residents in need of temporary financial or social service assistance. No town monies are used, WISSH functions on donations from both residents and businesses. The mission of WISSH is to identify the social-service needs of Wenham residents and to coordinate and implement appropriate immediate unmet financial assistance to those in need.

Who is Eligible?

All residents of Wenham, meeting basic financial requirements, who need assistance to meet emergency situations where such assistance is unavailable from other sources.

How is the call and request kept confidential?

Strict confidentiality is maintained through the use of a coded process to transact resident assistance. The WISSH Chair is the only person aware of the individual's name. The private Town Hall phone number can only be accessed by the WISSH Chair person.

How do I get help?

Call the WISSH Chair at a confidentially maintained phone number - 978.468.5520 Ext. 9. Please be prepared to leave a message and the WISSH Chair will return the call as soon as possible.

What Social Services Assistance can WISSH help me with?

WISSH can assist Wenham residents, through funding and referrals to other service organizations. WISSH can provide funding assistance for fuel an utility bills, food and rent.

How is Financial Assistance provided?

Payments are generally sent directly to vendors or creditors, but cards for food are also provided.

How can I contribute to WISSH?

Contributions by check can be made out to: Wenham Issues of Social Services Help c/o Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, Ma 01984. 

WISSH does not replace traditional governmental programs or social service organizations, but helps people in ways that those programs cannot. It also maintains a directory of over 60 regional social service agencies and refers people to those programs when appropriate. 

Committee Members:

Marisa Bartlett, Chair
Julie Clay
Tracey Hutchinson

Donald Killam
Candy Kuebel

Jane Pedersen
Calvin Perkins
Trudy Reid
Linda Rich
Thomas Tanous
Maribeth Ting

Please refer to the Town Calendar for the WISSH Committee's meeting schedule.