Equip and Empower Homeless Unaccompanied Youth To Be Safe and Self-Sufficient
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 implement our mission through six essential focus areas: basic needs, employment, housing, education, health, and community engagement.
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.
Who We Work With
The Land of a Thousand Hills Café
Our award-winning social enterprise provides a venue for our job-training program and operating funds for all of our programs. This café has been a part of our strategic plan since our inception and we are thrilled to see this dream come to fruition. Learn more here.