“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.
“The challenges of unstable living affect our community as a whole. For this reason, we benefit greatly from addressing this issue together. Through the generous participation of local businesses, schools and organizations we are able to make a greater impact in our city.”
David is a bilingual public speaker and oversees the Haven Project’s impact in the community through advocacy and awareness presentations in high schools, relationships with local business owners and community leaders, as well as running a team of street outreach workers. He is passionate about providing humanitarian services which meet real needs, and in addition to engaging in those activities through the Haven Project, he is also in charge of the Food Pantry located on site. David obtained his BA in Pastoral Ministries from Northpoint College and currently lives in Lynn, MA.
“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.
“One of the challenges often faced by young adults is not knowing about the many resources available to them. The Haven Project works diligently to remove that obstacle for homeless young adults. The work we do and the service we provide at the Haven Project is phenomenal, and I truly enjoy playing a critical role in tackling the challenges of homelessness faced by young adults in our community.”
Sam is a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, and he served in the United States Navy for eight years. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Salem State University. Sam is a recipient of three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and was awarded Sailor of the Year for the USS O’KANE in 2009. Sam is a Lynn Native who is very passionate about his community, and he strives to utilize his business and social service skills to enhance the well-being of those that are facing challenges in their daily struggle. In addition to serving the young adults in our community, Sam works as a Program Coordinator in the field of human services.