The Haven Project
A Brief History
In late 2011, our executive director, Gini Mazman, obtained 501(c)(3) status and started the Haven Project to address a gap in services to unaccompanied homeless young adults in Lynn and surrounding communities. We provide direct service to more than 200 homeless unaccompanied youth ages 17-24 each year in our Drop-in Centers, with referrals to other youth serving organizations for hundreds more who don’t meet intake criteria based on age, homelessness or other factors.
As the Haven Project was looking for a place in which to establish its programming, East Coast International Church (ECIC) stepped forward to contribute, donating a large program space and countless in-kind resources. ECIC continues to be a partner of the Haven Project by providing space for our offices and Lynn Drop-in Center — a space which is centrally located in downtown Lynn and easily accessible by public transportation.
The Haven Project is well known as a key advocate and provider of unique and age-appropriate services to homeless young adults on the North Shore. It continues to grow in the number of clients assisted and programs are expanding to meet the growing and complex needs of the homeless young adult population.