Since 2018 Shelter Music Boston (SMB) has served Greater Boston children and/or families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Developed in collaboration with the Boston Philharmonic (BPO), SMB pairs its expertise in concert delivery to those who are homeless with the BPO’s established programs for school children. The collaboration has created in an innovative program tailored to children and families utilizing homeless shelters and other services. Classical music is implemented to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and families whose lives are filled with the uncertainty symptomatic of homelessness. This program fosters intellectual stimulation and emotional connection using educational tools to encourage creativity and inspire hope for children and families in desperate circumstances.
Housing Families serves more than 890 homeless families, including more than 1,000 children each year. The organization believes in a holistic approach to ending family homelessness by addressing the concrete housing needs as well as complex circumstances that lead to housing loss and the continuing negative effects that result from homelessness. Housing Families’ case managers and program staff provide one-on-one care and advocacy for all family members. This care begins with each family’s arrival at the Housing Families Emergency Shelter and continues throughout the journey toward stable, permanent housing.
Our Children's Program is delivered to Housing Families' GREAT Youth Program and the emergency shelter at the recently converted Sonesta Select in Woburn.
Victory Programs Inc. includes a number of sites throughout Dorchester and Downtown Boston that offer temporary and/or permanent housing, health and recovery services, and substance misuse prevention programs. They provide comprehensive services that meet peoples’ needs, while encouraging them to access services when and how they feel comfortable with their full participation. This helps people take charge of their own lives, developing long-lasting self-sufficiency while building trust in themselves and those providing services.
Our Children's Program is delivered to the Chamblet and Revision Family Homes.