Nature and Purpose
The mission of Project Place is to promote hope and opportunity for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the skills, education and resources needed to obtain stable employment and housing. Students who volunteer at Project Place can expect to gain a new perspective on the magnitude of the challenges homeless adults face beyond their financial need. Whether those challenges are language barriers, learning disabilities, lack of education, mental health issues or criminal records, Project Place is prepared to help clients find a way to meet all of their needs.
- Through Project 90, a 90-day job training program, 50 homeless individuals a year gain the confidence and skills they need to find permanent employment. Project 90's success stems from a hands-on pre-employment curriculum combined with a paid internship at another community based organization.
- When a woman comes to Betty's Place, she leaves a life of abuse, addiction and chaos. What she gets is more than just a temporary place to live—she gets a room of her own in a comfortable, safe environment; the counseling and life skills she needs to stay sober, obtain employment and continue her education; and the support it takes to rebuild a stable, independent life.
- Project Place also employs 50 homeless adults a year in three small businesses developed and run by Project Place. Clean Corners...Bright Hopes employs clients to clean and beautify city streets and neighborhoods. Project PepsiHomePlate employs clients to produce and market a line of wholesome, homemade foods and to service 70 vending accounts in the greater Boston area.
- Serving over 600 clients annually, the Homeless Resource Center provides housing advocacy, educational counseling, case management, a referral network, computer and life skills training, and a daily lunch program.
- The Comprehensive Homelessness Intervention Program (CHIP) Community Re-entry for Women (CREW) provides a continuum of community reintegration services to female offenders with the goal of reducing recidivism. provides intensive discharge planning for incarcerated females, followed by case management and mental health services upon re-entry into the community.
PULSE students have the opportunity to interact directly with clients as classroom aides or as translators in career, life and computer skills classes, as one-on-one tutors and helping clients with employment skills, such as resume writing, mock-interviewing and job coaching. We welcome students with the desire to participate in the range of our programs, from the transitional housing at Betty's Place to the CREW program at the Suffolk County House of Corrections to Project 90 and our small businesses located in the South End. Project Place has a particular need for students with the ability to speak Spanish.
Project Place is open 9-5 Monday through Friday. There are opportunities for evening volunteerism at Betty's Place. It is asked that you commit to a schedule for the entire semester.
PULSE students will be in regular contact with their immediate supervisor, with whom they will work out individual supervisory meetings.
Sean Pierce, Education Specialist
1145 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-3740 ext. 23