Volunteer Appreciation Event

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Our Volunteer Appreciation event last month was a success!

It was held at our cafe, Land of a Thousand Hills, and featured by The Daily Item. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who attended and heard an amazing motivational talk from Carrie Stack, speaker and life coach from the North Shore area.

Emily Urbina, Director of our Drop-In Center (left) and Gini Mazman, Executive Director of the Haven Project (right)

Carrie Stack, Life Coach of Say Yes Institute

Emily Urbina (left) and Abi Cissel, Cafe Manager (right)

Haven Receives Literacy Award

Haven Receives Literacy Award

“LYNN’S HAVEN GETS A HELPING HAND” 

Article featuring the Haven Project from The Daily Item

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ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Members of the Celebrate Literacy Day planning committee, from left, Maria Narvaez, Debra Lee Surface, Diana Moreno, Paula Murphy-Roux, Wendy Joseph, Saritin Rizzuto and Patrick Cogan in front.

BY THOR JOURGENSEN

LYNN — With help from five local financial institutions, The Haven Project on Munroe Street uses education to help steer homeless youth to stability.

Eastern Bank, St. Jean’s Credit Union and Metro Credit Union have supported Lynn-based literacy improvement efforts for four years, initially by helping Operation Bootstrap.

Money provided by the credit unions and Eastern helped Bootstrap expand adult education programs. In 2014, the financial institutions focused on helping Haven Project, with Equitable Bank and River Works Credit Union joining them.

“We saw a need. The vision was to create resources related to education,” said Metro Credit’s Saritin Rizzuto.

Financial institution representatives involved in helping Haven and other local educational organizations include Eastern Bank’s Paula Murphy-Roux, St. Jean’s representative Debra Lee Surface and River Works branch manager Maria Narvaez.

Haven drop-in center director Emily Urbina said the banks and credit unions helped Haven buy computers to provide GED diploma classes and educational help to 150 homeless youth assisted annually by Haven.

Founded in 2011, the nonprofit organization helps young people 17 to 24-years-old. Executive Director Gini Mazman said many of the youth left abusive family situations, while others are immigrants who parted ways with sponsors who initially helped them when they arrived in the United States.

The teenagers and young adults temporarily stay with in-laws, friends or people they meet. Urbina said “couch surfing” living arrangements keep homeless youth from holding jobs or maintaining school schedules.

“They have zero stability,” Urbina said.

Mazman said Haven helps the youth bring more stability into their lives by steering them to education, job and housing opportunities. Homeless teens and young adults climb the stairs to Haven’s 57 Munroe St. offices and work one-on-one with tutors.

The banks and credit unions also helped Haven pay for English as a Second Language programs. Metro Credit branch manager Diana Moreno said assistance provided by Lynn financial institutions underscores the importance of education in young lives.

“Living and working in Lynn, I have a passion for making the community better,” she said.

Tennis Benefit 2016

Tennis Benefit 2016

Our annual Tennis Benefit was a success!

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We were privileged to have over 60 North Shore Tennis Players attend our annual Tennis Benefit at the Woburn Racquet Club! We had an additional 100 people who supported the benefit by sponsoring, purchasing raffle tickets, and providing food or beverages for the event.

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We raised over $12,500 from this event on Sunday, May 1st. These funds will support two full months of programming for unaccompanied young adults who come to our drop-in center. Because of your generosity, over 40 young adults will have access to healthy meals, educational support and guidance with employment.

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Thank you North of Boston Tennis Community!

Trio Honored for Literacy Achievements

Proceeds from tickets were donated to the event’s beneficiary, The Haven Project, whose “mission is to equip and empower homeless, unaccompanied young adults between the ages of 17 to 24 with the skills and the support they need to be successful and independent,” according to the program.

Read the full article.

Drink Coffee, Do Good:Haven Project Will Open New Café on Munroe Street

The Haven Project, a Lynn-based program that helps homeless young adults, will be opening a new café, The Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company, on Munroe Street this fall.

The Southern-based Thousand Hills coffee company, whose motto is “Drink Coffee, Do Good,” is partnering with The Haven Project in a social enterprise venture that will give homeless young adults (ages 17-24) job training skills and a position of employment at the café for one year.

Read the full article

Homeless Teens Battle Odds to Stay in School

In Lynn, where 348 homeless students went to high school last year, another nonprofit, The Haven Project, has served as an anchor for kids without homes. Gini Mazman, Haven’s program director, has been able to find beds for some students at the local YMCA and at the Lynn Home for Women, but she said the options are limited.

Read the full article.