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Project Hope

Nature and Purpose

Project Hope was founded in 1981 when the Little Sisters of the Assumption opened the doors of their Magnolia Street convent so homeless women and children could live with them. Over the years, Project Hope’s mission expanded beyond sheltering families and providing childcare to a multi-service agency at the forefront of efforts in Boston to move families up and out of poverty.

Project Hope’s vision is rooted in the concept of transformation, the process through which women gain the tools, self–esteem and confidence necessary to take control of their lives and develop the courage to seek a better future for their children, despite the enormous challenges they face.

Current Programs and Services

  • Adult Educational Services – Provides basic adult education classes to more than 80 low-income women a year. Courses combine academics with programs that foster a woman’s empowerment and self-development.
  • Children’s Center – Works with 26 homeless and low-income children, ages 0-6. The center promotes the whole child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
  • Family Child Care Business Enterprise – Innovative venture that oversees a network of 20+ home-based family day care businesses.
  • Family Shelter – Houses approximately 20 women and their children every year. The women are provided with services to assist in securing permanent housing, receiving an education, and career development.
  • Housing Services – Provide housing counseling, landlord negotiation, housing search assistance, budgeting advice and training, and emergency rental funds to members of the community.
  • Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships (WDEP) – Provide job readiness training, access to career ladder job opportunities, and ongoing case management for a full year after job placement.


PULSE students serve as classroom assistants and tutors in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and ESOL classes. ABE classes include core math, reading, writing, science, social studies classes as well as various electives such as computer and health and wellness classes.  Students also have the opportunity to lead activities. When serving as tutors, students are paired one-on-one with a client. Students also serve as conversation partners in the ESOL program. The PULSE students serving during the lunch hour eat alongside their clients, or with staff members from other programs within Project Hope.