Mission: The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.
Target demographics: children and families experiencing homelessness.
Geographic areas served: Boston
Programs: Thanks to our specially trained staff, whose efforts are supported and amplified by hundreds of committed volunteers and donors, Horizons provides hope and opportunity to the families we serve. Our four pillars of work include:
Early Education Centers: We operate one of the state’s top-ranked early education programs, which starts children along the path toward success at school.
Playspace Program: We give children in shelters play experiences that let them be kids for a few hours each week.
Family Partnerships Program: We give their parents a much-needed respite from the difficulties of homelessness, a shoulder to lean on, and practical guidance toward getting their lives back on track.
Policy & Advocacy: We highlight the unique needs of homeless children and families to ensure they are consistent priorities among policymakers on local, state, and federal levels.
I have been a volunteer with Horizons for seven years. It is a wonderful organization that reaches far and wide in Massachusetts to enrich the lives ofhomeless children living in shelters. The children have time to play and be a child in the beautiful playspaces sponsored by Horizons. The playspaces are staffed by trained volunteers, Playspace Activity Leaders (PALS). This organization is well run in it's fundraising efforts.They are tops at recruiting and retaining volunteers from all walks of life. Horizons advocates for homelessfamilies acroosthe state. This organization should be a model forthewhole country!