Most clients enter Project Place from situations where hope has been absent. Many have experienced interruptions in the flow of their lives stemming from drug and alcohol abuse, military service, family breakdown, incarceration, domestic violence, mental illness, or a cluster of these problems that are overwhelming to overcome without assistance.

We offer a warm welcome into the community to those who demonstrate a willingness to do the hard work necessary to set and meet long-term goals. Individuals that come through our doors see Project Place as a chance to engage in the process of creating a new future. Here, they find hope.

Marybeth

“People are very supportive of each other at Project Place. We all come from different paths, but we are all here for the same goal, to become gainfully employed.”

Marybeth worked as a nurse for 35 years. Faced with domestic violence in her marriage, she was forced out of her apartment and found herself without a home two days before Christmas in 2014. She was left with only the clothes on her back. She acknowledges that “a lot of people don’t come back from that”. The situation certainly took a toll on her mental health. Marybeth lost her job during that time period and struggled to get back on her feet.

Marybeth is currently staying at the YWCA. She was there a few months back when she first heard about Project Place. Marybeth graduated from Project Place’s Work Ready program in January and began working at Working Opportunities for Women (WOW). While it has been a new experience to be in food service, Marybeth enjoys the hands-on-work. She has received her ServSafe certification and completed the National Customer Service exam through Project Place. She is currently applying to jobs in the customer service field and is preparing for a job fair later this month. She is actively looking for housing, and she hopes to find a place to call home in Cambridge.

Dexter

“What I think makes Project Place unique is the one-on-one counseling and the teachers-the attention that they are able to give to you. They build you up to help you succeed. And that’s what I needed. This place just opened the world for me.”

As a young man, Dexter served as a Marine for six years. When he came home, he built a career in finance and worked for 24 years in this field. When his company decided to downsize, he ended up without a job at the age of 55. With no source of income, he soon found himself homeless. He went to the VA for assistance and was referred to Project Place in 2015.

After completing Project Place’s Work Ready program, Dexter worked in Project Place’s Home Plate enterprise for several months. His time at Project Place helped prepare him to interview and his references from Project Place helped him secure a job. Dexter is now going on his third year working as a concierge for a private residence, a job he loves and feels valued in. He has also found a comfortable place to live. Dexter is a family-oriented man and enjoys spending time with his parents, children and grandchild.

Tinisha

“If I look at my life last year, I wouldn’t imagine I would be where I am today. I feel like I’m becoming the person I’m supposed to be.”

Tinisha was born to parents who were addicts. She was abused as a child and sold to a drug dealer at the age of 11. She was raised by the drug dealer and that was the only lifestyle she knew. Tinisha ended up dealing drugs and become addicted herself. She spent some time in jail. When she got out, she knew she had to break the cycle and find a new path. She has been in recovery for two years now.

After completing Project Place’s Work Ready program, Tinisha was employed in Project Place’s Working Opportunities for Women (WOW) enterprise, where she learned production, assembly, ordering, sales and marketing skills. She has been able to translate those skills to a new job, and now works for a company that makes caramel. Tinisha proudly shares, “I’ve reached a lot of my goals. I have my own place and I’m in a job where I can grow within the company.”

“I don’t live the life of addiction anymore. I’m able to help people with my story,
and I’m able to ask for help. It all has to do with Project Place… There was a way out, and Project Place opened up their doors and showed me how.”

Marci

“I’m back in the workforce, back contributing to society again… It feels good. I’m proud of the person that I am today.”

Marci had been out of the job market for a while and was looking for a fresh start. She heard that Project Place helped people with workforce training and housing. She decided to come see for herself.

Marci graduated from Project Place’s Work Ready program and meets with her case manager on a regular basis. Marci worked at Working Opportunities for Women (WOW), where she learned production, assembly, ordering, sales and marketing skills. During this time, Marci was taking steps to secure her future with the support of the Project Place team. Now, Marci utilizes the skills she learned at WOW in her new job, fulfilling orders at a company that makes security products. She has also found her own apartment.

Vilnado

“I thought I might as well trust somebody that’s trying to help me. And my life changed.”

Vilando explains that at one point he was in “a very dark area of my life”, where he was homeless with no place to go. Life on the streets had been rough and he was skeptical when he heard about Project Place, but he decided to give it a try.

Vilando reflects, “As I started coming, I started to enjoy the place. I stepped up my computer skills, [my] job interview [skills], [and] my resume. [They] all got way better, just by coming here. Every time I put down [Project Place] for a reference, I always get a call back. Every single time.”

Things are looking bright for Vilando these days. He now has his own place and pays market rent. He is happy in his new career, working at Reebok. He shares that his vision is to try and help others by passing on what he learned here, because “you can’t make it all by yourself.”

Things are looking bright for Vilando these days. He now has his own place and pays market rent. He is happy in his new career, working at Reebok. He shares that his vision is to try and help others by passing on what he learned here, because “you can’t make it all by yourself.”

Yolette

“Project Place helped me find my confidence.”

After being evicted in 2018, Yolette had her first experience with homelessness. Last year, Yolette was staying at an overnight shelter in the South End. She was going to the Women’s Lunch Place every day, passing by Project Place. One day in July, she decided to come inside. She says that decision changed her life.

After graduating from Project Place’s Work Ready program, Yolette joined Project Place’s Clean Corner’s Bright Hopes social enterprise, which provides facility maintenance services. She says that the work training she received at Project Place, especially the Customer Service class, helped prepare her for her new job, in addition to the support and references she received from her case-manager and instructors. Since early February, Yolette has been working as a concierge at an apartment building on Beacon Street. Yolette is currently living at Betty’s Place. She is working hard every day in order to save up and find a place to call home. She now looks forward to her future with determination and optimism, knowing she has a support system who want to help her succeed.

Lawrence

“Since coming into the Project Place community, they have made me feel part of a whole with a share in their purpose.”

5 years ago, Lawrence lost his wife of 27 years to cancer. He struggled with depression and addiction and ended up homeless, living in abandoned buildings and bouncing from program to program. Lawrence reflects, “I got to a point where I finally understood what addiction and loneliness really were… I was tired of who I had become. I went on for a time, trying to figure out just how to get back to ‘normal’. I thought about a woman(I had met?) named Azeb who was an outreach worker at Project Place.”

Now, Lawrence is a crew member of Project Place’s Clean Corners Bright Hopes social enterprise. In February, he told his story at the State House to advocate for funding for homeless services. His warm smile and considerate nature brighten the days of everyone he interacts with. Lawrence remarks that “today I can say I am growing daily thanks to Project Place’s support.”

 

 


 

 

 

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“You need to be committed, you need to do your part, but Project Place will be there for you.” 

Just a few credits shy of graduation, Amefika had to leave college to take care of her newborn baby. Facing domestic violence in her relationship, she fled to Boston and moved into a shelter after losing her job.

When Amefika came to Project Place, her case manager asked her about her career aspirations. Amefika spoke about her interest in healthcare, so her case manager helped her apply for a training program at Partners Healthcare. Amefika practiced interviewing in her Work-Ready class and her work paid off: she was accepted into the program at Partners Healthcare. She is now a patient services coordinator at one of Boston’s largest hospitals, lives in her own apartment and is getting married this summer. Amefika shares, “I always tell people, if you need something, if you feel like you’re down and out or you just don’t have the skills, Project Place is where you need to go.”

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“Project Place gave me hope back.”

Gilbert is a veteran who, by his own words, “had fallen victim to the demons of the world: drugs, alcohol, homelessness.” He came to Project Place to build a more stable life.

While working in the Clean Corners…Bright Hopes social enterprise, Gilbert developed a strong work ethic. “Project Place helped re-instill the values that my parents instilled in me,” he says. His case managers helped him get a position with the City of Boston where he has since been promoted into a management position. He is close with his family and will be walking his niece down the aisle at her wedding. Gilbert shares, “Project Place helped me get back to all this.”

Rosaivette
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“Project Place has given me the tools to believe in myself and know that I am  worth it.”

When you meet Rosaivette, you immediately feel her energy and positivity. She currently lives at Betty’s Place, a transitional housing program at Project Place, and is pursuing her undergraduate degree in criminology. She completed training in the Working Opportunities for Women social enterprise earlier this year and continues to work part-time in the Project Place kitchen.

It wasn’t too long ago, though, that she was “in a very dark place.” She suffered from domestic abuse and went to prison for five years. Rosaivette credits Project Place with teaching her the computer skills she had missed while incarcerated and also for giving her “the chance to see myself in a different light.” Read more.

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“I enjoy working with people every day. I’m in a position where I can be helpful.”

David came to Project Place from a halfway house and liked getting back into a stable routine. The instructors kept him busy and he was pleased with how much his typing skills improved.

While at Project Place, David completed a certificate in customer service from the National Retail Federation Foundation. His case manager recommended he apply for a job at High Bridge Concierge and the NRFF certificate was instrumental in helping him get the job. At work, he regularly relies on the “people skills” he learned at Project Place to help tenants with their needs. Today, David lives at a sober house and helps out new residents. His life advice for others: “Don’t look back, keep going.”

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“I love Project Place. It’s like a home, its family.”

Yolanda was living with her sister and needed to find a new place to go. She moved in to Betty’s Place, a transitional housing program at Project Place, and enrolled in the Work-Ready class. Soon after, she began training in the Clean Corners…Bright Hopes social enterprise and would show up early for work every day.

Today, in her job with Block-by-Block, Yolanda still likes to show up early. Her case manager helped her find the position a year ago this May. She moved into hospitality after working in cleaning and shares that she enjoys giving tourists directions. Yolanda moved to permanent housing but stays in touch with her case manager. “When you’re here, you’re happy,” she shares.

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“You have to want it. If you work hard, it pays off.”

After serving time in federal prison, Malcolm was determined to never go back. Through the advice of a friend, he came to Project Place and worked hard to improve his skills. “Project Place holds you accountable,” he shares.

Malcolm first worked in the Clean Corners…Bright Hopes social enterprise and then became a driver in the Project Pepsi social enterprise. His case managers supported him in the process of getting a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and also recommended that he apply for a seasonal position with Boston Public Works. Due to the fact that he had a CDL, he was able to convert his seasonal position into a full-time role and has now been with BPW for ten years.

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“I’m making something of my life and getting back into my career quicker than I ever thought possible.”

Kerri was focusing on her recovery at a half-way house and decided to give Project Place a shot. She enjoyed the Work-Ready class and the computer lab and quickly found positive results.

In class, Kerri applied to a number of jobs and was happy to receive a call back for a position at the call center for Mass Health. At the interview, she was tested on her computer skills. “If I hadn’t gone to the Work-Ready class, I wouldn’t have known half of the things they asked me,” Kerri shared. Soon, she received and accepted an offer for a position. She shares, “I’m on the road to recovery and a better life and career.”

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“I don’t even consider my job work. I enjoy going to work every day.”

Joe has been in commercial roofing for 37 years but has hit a few rough patches throughout his career. When he was living in a transitional program in Boston, he became highly motivated to find employment and sought out the help of Project Place.

His case manager and other Project Place staff were essential in helping him receive a job offer at Weathertech. Through the help of the computer instructor in Project Place’s computer lab, Joe completed all of the safety requirements and testing required for his current position.

Joe also appreciated the opportunity to “interact and build relationships.” Joe maintains a close relationship with his family and has moved into his own place in Quincy.

Project Place Community

Every member in the Project Place community plays a role in furthering its mission

1. Clients

Clients are at the heart of the program. They are highly motivated to take advantage of Project Place offerings. They come for a second chance at building new ways of living. They all dedicate themselves to daily participation in academic and life skills training. They are a hard-working group grateful to move on from difficult times to creating a future of self-reliance. They prepare for the work world by acquiring basic skills and training to achieve their goals.

They appreciate the education that makes it possible to get employed and the personal support they receive from caseworkers. Graduates of the program report that the program gives them renewed interest in living a productive life. The support of a caring and capable community provides the basis for wanting to succeed. When they join the program, Project Place clients find new opportunities to make amends, repair the past, and focus on the future.

2. Project Place Staff

Our staff operate out of the conviction that “No matter our titles, we are all here to help.” The common thread is a passion for working with the population. There’s an uncommon hands-on collaboration among staff members that indicates their thorough commitment to clients.

Our staff works tirelessly in their jobs spreading knowledge and know-how to deserving individuals who make up the student body. They all play a role in developing client programs. Client Services and Education and Training staffs deliver programs and supervise classroom and workplace projects.

The diverse backgrounds and work experience of workshop leaders and caseworkers include certified teachers and licensed social workers. Twenty percent are Project Place graduates. Among the instructors are an emergency medical technician, a former corrections officer, several veterans, and residential setting counselors.

3. The Executive Director

Gives form and shape to the organization. With the support and validation of the Board of Directors, she is responsible for overall leadership.

Serving on the executive staff are:

  • The Director of Finances and Social Enterprises responsible for the $4 million annual budget
  • The Director of Development, who works in concert with the executive director to bring in funds in from government, foundations, corporate, and personal donors.

4. Veterans’ Services Staff

Key staff members, who have served in the armed forces, specialize in guiding veterans through the process of applying for the benefits they deserve. The process becomes transparent to the client, who can take advantage of federally funded programs for health care and housing. These staff advocate on behalf of returning military with the intention of opening doors to employment.

5. Board of Directors

The Project Place Board of Directors is an active board that meets monthly. The Board is comprised of individuals with a sincere desire to help the homeless regain control of their lives through steady employment and stable living situations. Individuals come from the local community, from business and professions; and they include at least one graduate of the program. They believe in the mission, promote the cause, and make every effort to make Project Place a strong community resource. See board

6. Donors

We are grateful for the generous financial support that Project Place receives for day-day-day functions and special programs.

We are grateful for the generous support that Project Place receives for day-to-day functions and special programs.  Funding and in-kind donations are received from a diverse funding base of public and private grants, individuals, businesses and the community at large.

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Private Donors have many giving options.

Contributions may be made in someone’s honor or memory.

The Wall of Hope lends a colorful and touching display of support to our community. Your name, the name of someone you want to honor or a simple message can be hand painted on tiles that form our Wall of Hope 

United Way and Matching Gift programs

*Please designate Project Place as your preferred charity when giving to the United Way or your company’s Matching Gift program.

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I Do Foundation

Think of Project Place when you’re getting married or celebrating an important life event by registering through the I Do Foundation to direct gifts to Project Place.

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Circle of Champions

When you contribute $ $1,000 or more you become a part of the Project Place Circle of Champions. Becoming a Member includes invitations to our special events, current updates on issues.

Methods of Payment

You may send your donation

  • Online by clicking here.
  • By Mail to Project Place, 1145 Washington Street, Boston MA 02118

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7. Volunteers

Project Place Volunteers provide a range of essential resources through the donation of time, in-kind services, and events planning. They are a vibrant group, who want to give back to the community and find Project Place an excellent focus for their energy and effort. They have much to offer in enthusiasm and capacity. Volunteers plan and run our two major fundraisers every year.

Individual volunteers provide direct services in response to clients’ needs for assistance on matters such as tax prep, job research, or tutoring. The generosity of volunteers provides more than service; their involvement shines as an example of compassion and hope for clients and staff.