In 1837, when Salem sea captains led daring voyages across the globe, a group of women quietly met in the vestry of the Tabernacle Church, near the gritty waterfront. They worried about wives and widows, orphans and poor children left adrift, while their men spent long months at sea, or never returned home. They sewed clothes and collected food for families. Today, Children’s Friend and Family Services is 175 years old, one of the state’s oldest mental health service providers.
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