Social Services

Thanks to Bill Shumway and North Country This Week for this directory of Social Services.

Thrift Shops

  • CORC THRIFT STORE, 8 Willow St., Potsdam, operated by Council of Religious Concerns, 265-3940,

  • CHURCH AND COMMUNITY PROGRAM THRIFT SHOP, 95 Main St., Canton, 386-3534.

  • BEST FRIENDS THRIFT SHOP, 8 Raymond St., Potsdam, 268-1055, all proceeds benefit Potsdam Humane Society.


Housing Assistance

  • ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY HOUSING COUNCIL, 19 Main St., Canton, 386-8576,


  • NORTH COUNTRY LEGAL SERVICES, INC., 17 Hodskin St., Canton, 386-4586.

Developmental Disability Services

  • ST. LAWRENCE NYSARC, providing services to persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, 6 Commerce Lane, Canton, 386-9531,

Support Groups

  • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS,, for meeting info call 268-0120; 8 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. Sunday, Canton-Potsdam Hospital Rehab Unit, second floor, 20 Cottage St., Potsdam, 268-5954; 8 p.m. Tuesdays, E. J. Noble Building Bernardine Room, NYS Hwy. 11, Canton.

  • ALANON MEETINGS, 8 p.m. Tuesday weekly meeting, Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street, Canton; noon, Tuesdays, St. John's Episcopal Church, Massena; 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s second floor conference room A, corner of Leroy and Grove streets; 8 p.m. Mondays, St. John's Episcopal Church, Ogdensburg; 7 p.m. Thursdays, third floor, Van Housen Hall, SUNY Potsdam; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Emmanuel Congregational Church, 39 West Orvis St., Massena; 8 p.m. Fridays, Waddington Municipal Building, Lincoln Avenue; 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, E. J. Noble Medical Building, NYS Hwy. 11, Canton; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sunrise Acres Apartments, 378 NYS Hwy. 37, Akwesasne.

  • ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, St. Lawrence Valley Chapter, support/advocacy group for families/friends of the mentally ill, info: 287-9180, or

  • ARTHRITIS clinic, 44 Glenn St., Massena, 769-6559.

  • BREAST CANCER CARE GROUP, 4:30 p.m., second Thursday of month, Canton-Potsdam Hospital second floor conference room A, info: 261-5935.

  • FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP, 6:30 fourth Monday of month, second floor, Center for Health Sciences, 59 Main St., Potsdam, 261-3761; group meets at 5:30 p.m. November through February.

  • MAN TO MAN SUPPORT GROUP FOR PROSTATE CANCER PATIENTS & THEIR LOVED ONES, 4 to 5:30 p.m. second Tuesday of month, in Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s second floor Conference Room; info: 268-9314.

  • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m., Tuesday and 7 p.m. Sunday, Canton-Potsdam Hospital Rehab Unit, 20 Cottage St., Potsdam; 261-5954 neurological disabilities support group, 6 p.m., first Wednesday of month, Canton-Potsdam Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Department, 49 Lawrence Ave., 261-5461.

  • ALZHEIMER's SUPPORT GROUP, 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of month, United Helpers Maplewood Campus, 205 State Street Rd., Canton; open to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease; info: Sue Denesha, 347-3347.

  • SLEEP DISORDERS SCREENING CLINIC, 7-8 p.m. fourth Monday of month, Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Sleep Lab lobby, 50 Leroy Street, info: 268-0642.

  • PRENATAL CLASS, 7 p.m., second Tuesday of month, second floor classroom of Canton-Potsdam Hospital, info: 261-5965.

  • LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER PROGRAM, 4:30 p.m., second floor classroom, Canton-Potsdam Hospital; no meeting in May, November or December; info: 261-5935.


Family Services

  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES, 716 Caroline St., Ogdensburg, 393-2660, Non-denominational programs, adoption assistance, counseling to unmarried parents, health services, individual and family counseling, emergency financial assistance.


  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (CDP), 1 Commerce Lane, Canton, 386-1102.

  • ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING, 80 NYS Hwy. 310, Canton, 379-4730,

  • ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, 6 Judson St., Canton, 379-2155,

  • CHURCH & COMMUNITY PROGRAM, 95 Main St., Canton, a food pantry, thrift shop, school supplies, holiday gift and meal program, and support for home gardening in partnership with GardenShare, 386-3534.

  • POTSDAM NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER, Park St., (basement of Civic Center,) 265-3920.

  • PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE NORTH COUNTRY, 9 Miner St., Canton, 386-8821,

  • WIC (WOMEN, INFANTS, & CHILDREN), 3 Remington Ave., Canton, food program for pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children, 386-8128,

  • ST. LAWRENCE CHILD CARE COUNCIL, 318 Ford St., Ogdensburg, 393-6474.

Emergency Assistance

  • AMERICAN RED CROSS OF ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, 73 Market St., Potsdam, 268-0102,


  • HELPING HANDS OF POTSDAM, 5868 NYS Hwy. 56, Hannawa Falls, serving Potsdam and surround area, open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 268-0633 or