4085+ Homeless Public High Students in MA
Experts project that 6 times this number of youth have already dropped out.
– Our Mission –
Equip and Empower
Homeless Unaccompanied Youth
To Be Successful and Reach Their Potential
The Haven Project is the only organization north of Boston dedicated specifically to providing age appropriate services to a growing, vulnerable 17-24 year old homeless young adult population. We help with basic needs, online learning, educational support, job training and job acquisition, stable living options, and opportunities to build community and life skills.
Our Impact in the Last Year Has Been Significant!
With your support, we can continue to reduce the number of homeless young adults in the North Shore.
What We Did Last Year
Unique Clients in Drop-In Center
Emergency Calls Answered
Home Cooked Meals Served
Our Services What We Do
I got my green card at 16, but that did not solve all my problems. My uncle said he’d take care of me until I turned 18. My uncle really only let me stay because I was working full-time and paying most of the rent. I was failing high school because of all of the work but I needed a place to stay. I went to the Haven Project and they helped me get a room that I could afford and I was able to be a part of their job-training program. They gave me a tutor and I’m now passing my classes. I don’t have a lot of extra money but I am happy and safe. I’m graduating in 7 months, and I think I have a shot at college. I will be the first in my family to go!
I was in foster care all my life because my parents were drunk and violent and the state said they couldn’t take care of me. Once I turned 18, I tried to make it on my own. I like not having people tell me what to do all the time but sometimes its lonely and I get angry because I don’t have what other people my age have. Its hard to be alone and things are complicated on the streets. Right now checking in with the Haven Project is all I’m ready for- it’s a good place to get help and a hot meal when I need it.
My life was okay with my mom until she got a boyfriend. My mom chose him over me and he wanted me out. I was so angry with my mom. I stayed at the shelter for months and started drinking. I couldn’t believe that my mom let him kick me out of the house. The Haven Project staff was always happy to see me, joked with me and helped me finish high school. They found me a free HVAC training course and I passed. My mom was so proud and she finally got rid of that boyfriend and I was able to move back in. I’m okay now but really want to save to get my own place because who knows how long I can stay.