“People are surprised when I tell them that most of the young people who come in our drop in center are not parenting or pregnant, do not have a criminal record and are not addicted. They are, however all broken, afraid and young when they come in to us for help. They have had failure after failure in relationships, school and work and this failure wears on them and makes them vulnerable and hopeless. At the Haven Project, we have a short window of time to meet their basic needs and then quickly present them with opportunities for success. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to meet so many of these young people and start an organization that could change the trajectory of so many young lives.”
Ms. Mazman is a lifelong resident of the North shore. She has a BS from Salem State University, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a graduate certificate in non-profit management from Suffolk University. She worked for 17 years in various leadership and business management positions before she left to work in the non-profit field. She has years of experience in grant-writing and program development and management for transitional age young adults. She is the founding Executive Director of the Haven Project.
“I was so inspired by this organization that has found a legitimate need that very few are meeting. The more I work with our clients the more convinced I am that there is a huge deficit of support, wisdom, and positive guidance in many young peoples’ lives. I feel truly privileged to be involved in providing that to an under-served population.”
Emily oversees the daily program and case management of the Haven Project’s clients. Her background is in education in multicultural and 3rd-world contexts, and she received her BA in Education with a focus on Adult education. She is bilingual and has experience in ESL and administration of non-profits.
“It has been eye-opening to see the impact this organization is having on the young adults in this community. To be able to connect with the foundations and individuals who are donating their time and finances to such an important initiative has been rewarding. I am grateful to be taking part in the growth and development of The Haven Project.”
Elizabeth is responsible for creating systems and communications to support The Haven Project’s fundraising and marketing strategy. Her background is in marketing and communications and has experience in business development. She received her BS in Psychology and Communications from Palm Beach Atlantic University and currently resides in Swampscott, MA.
“I have always wanted to make a change in my city. I never knew how I would do this until I found out about the Haven Project and Land of a Thousand Hills. The passion and dedication of the staff inspired me. This job gives me the ability to directly help homeless kids get on their feet before they stray too far down the wrong path. I am proud to be a part of this mission and plan on doing everything I can to make sure the cafe prospers.”
Born and raised in Lynn, Eric attended Lynn Classical High School before pursuing a degree in Business Management at Salem State University. Eric’s experience in specialty coffee, desire to help the community, and education make him the ideal person to manage our cafe.
“Everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes, they need an editor to help them clear up some of the rougher edges.”
Nixon graduated from Malden High School and went on to receive his AAS in Entertainment Management at Bay State College. In addition to serving as a case manager here at the Haven Project, Nixon works as an educator in the Lynn Public Schools system. He is passionate about helping the next generation excel in every capacity afforded to them.
“People living in difficult circumstances need to know that it is possible to have happy endings. It might take you a few tries and it might get frustrating, but it will be okay. You can do this. One step at a time.”
Flora migrated to the United States in 1996 and has been inspired by her father’s journey working in some of the lowliest jobs and working his way up to owning his own business and his own house. This has roused in Flora a strong belief in people’s ability to overcome odds and be independent despite their challenges. She is a long-term Lynn Resident who works at Lynn English High as a Spanish teacher. She has her AS in Business Management from Marrian Court College and a BA in Education from Salem State. Flora has a strong desire to help the community because she knows that many people need guidance at a young age. Her desire is to be able to truly converse and find out where they are coming from and what their thoughts and struggles are before she offers advice. She feels that disadvantaged people groups are often willing to work harder because they know what it is like to be at the bottom, and yet they are also more vulnerable so they need more support. Flora says “it is satisfying to know that the Haven Project is a safe place for young people to come in and get all of the support they need to be successful”. Many experiences make Flora’s work at The Haven Project meaningful, such as a client she has seen open up so that Flora could help her identify her true needs and feel safe enough to engage in therapy.
“Our young adults are capable of a lot! We all need cheerleaders and that is what the Haven Project represents for some who don’t have some.”
Joyce is from L.A. and moved to the North Shore in 2010. She is a GE employee working as a Design Engineer at GE Aviation. She volunteers as staff in the Haven Project drop-in center and she also coordinates meal donations. She holds a BS & MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as well as a Tufts University Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Joyce is passionate about serving the community of Lynn where she works. She is always looking for opportunities to volunteer and loves working with Girls Inc. and at The Haven Project where she knows that her time is making a powerful impact on young lives. Joyce loves solving problems which she does in one way at GE, and in another way at the Haven Project. Though Joyce is still young herself, she enjoys working with people who are younger than her because she is able to make moves to positively change the course of their whole lives.
“The Haven Project provides an outlet for these young adults to learn the skills needed to thrive at such a crucial time in their lives. To be able to be a part of this, especially in my own community, is priceless!”
A life-long resident of Lynn, Lauren graduated from Lynn Classical High School and went on to receive her BA in psychology at the UMASS Dartmouth. She became a licensed social worker in the state of Massachusetts, and, in addition to serving as the case manager here at the Haven Project, Lauren works as a supervisor in the field of human services.