Where families move up and out of poverty.
Project Hope Programs
Adult Educational Services (AES)


In 1990, Project Hope established the Adult Educational Services program to meet the basic educational needs of homeless and low-income women. AES is for women 18 years of age and older. Offerings include Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). It combines intensive academics with creative programming to foster each woman's empowerment and self-development as a launch pad to earning their High School Equivalency. 


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For information about AES, please contact our info line at 617-442-1880 x262.

Children's Center

The Project Hope Children's Center opened on Magnolia Street in 1992 to address the need for quality childcare in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods. The Children's Center is a high-quality childcare center for 26 homeless and low-income children, ages 0-5. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), having met and maintained this tough industry standard since 1998.


The Center values the family's role in a child's education. The staff foster strong relationships with the families by communicating with them regularly and partnering with them on their children's learnings. Families are able to obtain accurate, age-appropriate information on child development, parenting, healthy child development and kindergarten readiness from Children's Center staff. 

For more information or to enroll your child in our program contact Francia De Jesus at 617-442-1880 x280.


Data Management

Project Hope has implemented a plan to build a robust, user-friendly data management system that is deeply utilized to inform program strategy.  We completed a thorough inventory and analysis of our Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) database, and implemented a plan to to revise and improve the intrinsic database structure, build out the front and back ends to better meet the needs of programs, and revamp our ETO training offerings.  By building out our capacity to collect and analyze data, we are able to integrate our programming, providing a fuller and more effective intervention for Project Hope participants.


Grants from the following foundations have made this critical work possible. Thank you for all your support.


The Cummings Foundation


Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Richard and Susan Smith
John and Amy S. Berylson and James Berylson
Jonathan Block and Jennifer Berylson Block
Robert Katz and Elizabeth Berylson Katz
Robert and Dana Smith
Debra S. Knez, Jessica Knez and Andrew Knez

Family Child Care Business Enterprise (FCCBE)

In 1998 Project Hope launched the Family Child Care Business Enterprise, an innovative venture that supports quality home-based childcare center providers. Licensed providers are assisted with their professional development and business success. Women gifted in caring for children gain the skills and support to run their own businesses. FCCBE Providers are licensed with the Department of Early Education and Care. College level child development courses and a range of educational and professional development opportunities are offered on an ongoing basis. 

For more information on joining our network as a provider or to enroll your child in our program contact Arlene Ramos at 617-442-1880 x215.

Family Shelter

Founded in the early 1980s, Project Hope addressed the emerging problem of family homelessness in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods. The Family Shelter was one of the first homeless shelters for families in the state and remains a model for its respectful and empowering approach.


Today the Family Shelter offers a haven for 11 single mothers and their children. Each family has a private room and access to a communal kitchen, dining room, living room and children's activity room. They receive assistance to find safe and affordable housing for their families and access to educational and workforce development programs. Our programming is designed to promote confidence and empowerment, helping women find the courage to prevail against tremendous odds to obtain a  better life. 

If you need more information about how to access emergency shelter in Massachusetts call the Washington Street branch of the Department of Housing & Community Development DHCD at 617-989-6100.

Housing Services

The original mission of Project Hope's Housing Services was to find affordable housing for families living in the Shelter. While continuing that service today, we also focus on helping Dorchester and Roxbury families find and keep affordable housing. A team of staff provides housing counseling, eviction prevention, landlord negotiation, housing search assistance, budgeting advice and emergency rental funds.


An initiative in the Housing Services program is the Collaborative Shelter Referral (CSR) which connects homeless families to adult education, higher education services, ESOL, workforce trainings, and employment through case management and referral services. To refer a homeless family, please email Paulette at pgomes@prohope.org with the client’s name, address and contact information.


For specific questions on our housing services, please contact Christine Dixon, the Director of Housing and Case Management, at x219. For general information call the housing information line at 617-442-1880 x261.

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is comprised of present and former participants who want to develop their communication skills and use those skills to educate the community about issues of poverty and homelessness. These women, our Ambassadors, attend ongoing communication workshops and are ready to share their stories publicly, relating how Project Hope programs helped them attain their educational, career and financial goals. To learn more about the Speakers Bureau, click here

For questions contact Robyn Eastwood, the Assistant Director of Development & External Affairs, at 617-442-1880 x206. 

Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships (WDEP)

WDEP was founded to assist low-income residents of Boston, particularly single mothers from the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods. Without adequate training and an accessible path to employers, living wage jobs were out of reach. WDEP provides the link between community residents and work supporting them with, job readiness training, access to career ladder job opportunities and ongoing case management support for a full year after job placement


WDEP offers a variety of job training and readiness tracks depending on the participant's varying skill levels. This continuum is WDEP's distinct edge and ensures all participants receive the training they need to be successful. 


To register for an upcoming open house, click here. For questions about open houses, please visit our frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please call 617-442-1880 ext. 234 to leave a message.  A staff member will return your call.