A Community Resource Center at St Mary’s Center for Women and Children
This October, St. Mary’s Center was very fortunate to receive a $1 million match gift challenge from Amazon, so we may prevent family homelessness in our community! And you can help! Amazon will double all gifts up to $1 million.
A PERSISTENT CYCLE for some
for those who come to St Mary’s Center for Women and Children there is HOPE.
At St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children we are working to address the challenges of poverty, homelessness as well as trauma and abuse. We help empower women to move beyond their present circumstances and build lives that are sustainable for themselves and for their children.
Our focus is on the individual. We provide wrap-around assistance: housing, job training and employment, parent education, and emotional supports – a one stop-shop for homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Our goal is to stabilize families before they become homeless and to support those who are homeless or recently homeless with high-quality, caring services with our proven success at ending the cycle of homelessness, one family at a time.
In order to expand our reach in the community we are launching The Center Campaign to fund our Community Resource services and to create a new building on our site – offering meeting spaces, training facilities and offices to meet the increased demand for St. Mary’s Center expertise and services.
The statistics are grim. Overall, the City of Boston has seen a 5.6% increase in homeless men, women, and children. A high concentration of this homeless population is from the Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury neighborhoods. The number of homeless families has increased 25%, and a high percentage of these homeless families are headed by single women. The percentage of homeless youth has increased 35%. Twenty-one percent of all Boston residents live below the Federal poverty level. Equally troubling, is well over 25% of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury residents 18 years of age and older, do not have a high-school diploma or equivalent.
During our nearly 25 years of providing evidence-based support we have found if an individual, particularly a single mother has the 3’E’s – emotional well-being, education and employment, she can lift an entire family out of poverty. St Mary’s Center acts as safety net for women, teen girls and children. We also serve the dads of the children living in our programs.
A new Community Resource Center on the St. Mary’s Center Campus in Dorchester
The possibilities are endless – the outcome a certainty. Everyone has a role in ending homelessness. Together we will change lives. By working with families, we can help them gain the skills they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
The Community Resource Center will allow us to expand our reach beyond our current clients to partners across the city and to families throughout the community who desperately need our help.
A new building will provide essential space to accomplish these goals. It will be a gathering, sharing and learning space. Providing a spectrum of essential services and resources. Providing a home for our Community Resource work — to bring together under one roof the services people need will help increase the accessibility and use of our services to an underserved population.
Everyone has a role in ending homelessness.
Together we will change lives for generations.