Mission: Hhc's mission is to improve the lives of homeless children and their families. Hhc provides homeless children in ma with the nurturing,stimulation, and opportunities for early education and play that allchildren need to learn and grow in healthy ways. Hhc also connects the parents of the children served with the tools they need to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency.
Programs: Our community children's centers began in boston in 1994 and provide comprehensive early education services specifically focused on the needs of young homeless children, ages two months through five years,while providing parents with support services and resources to break the cycle of homelessness and become self-sufficient. We operate 3 such centers serving a total of 175 children each weekday from 8am to6pm. Since the program began in 1994, we have served more than 1,000 homeless children and their families and helped them move into self-sufficiency.
the playspace program has been providing greater boston family homeless shelters with playspaces and volunteers (called playspace activity leaders or pals) since 1990, and has expanded to provide these services to children in family shelters throughout massachusetts. Trained volunteers engage children in educational activities, giving each child an opportunity to learn and grow from these interactions, as well as have fun. Since 1990 more than 11,000 volunteers have served for at least 6 months for 2 hours per week, and in fy15 we reached a peak of 2,349 pals per week in 152 shelters for homeless children across the state. The estimated value of these volunteers was $3,920,000 in fy15.
horizons for homeless children provides specialized training through their training and technical assistance program. Hhc staff members present workshops and conferences for professionals who work withhomeless families, including educators, social workers, shelter staff, and government agencies. The goal of the training and technical assistance program is to improve the delivery of services for younghomeless children and their families in the broader community. Since its creation, hhc has co-sponsored seven conferences in massachusetts and delivered numerous workshops and trainings both locally and nationally.
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!