Shelter Music Boston’s Children and Family Shelter Program in collaboration with Boston Philharmonic
Shelter Music Boston (SMB) has launched a pilot project that will expand services to Greater Boston children and/or families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Developed in collaboration with the Boston Philharmonic (BPO), SMB will pair its expertise in concert delivery to those who are homeless with the BPO’s established music education programs for school children. The collaboration results in an innovative program tailored to children and families utilizing homeless shelters and other services. Rebecca Strauss, SMB’s Children's Program Coordinator, and one of our original musicians, together with Derek Beckvold, Education & Community Engagement Manager at the BPO, will craft each children’s concert to explore a range of composers, classical musical styles, historic periods, and to provide access to a variety of emotional responses from each audience.
Our 2018 Children's Program Shelter Partners
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.