Where families move up and out of poverty.
Project Hope Programs


Adult Educational Services (AES)

Adult Educational Services offers a basic adult education to more than 80 low-income women a year.  It combines full time, intensive academics with creative programming to foster each woman's empowerment and self-development in mind, body, and spirit.  Basic literacy, GED preparation, career advising, transition to college support, case management, leadership development, and English for Speakers of Other Languages are among the program’s offerings.  Since its foundation, the program has provided quality adult education for homeless/formerly homeless and low-income women whose average educational level is 6th grade.


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

Children's Center

The Children’s Center is a high-quality, nationally accredited child care center for 26 homeless and low-income children, ages 0-6.  Only 18% of Boston centers achieve this rigorous standard of national accreditation.  The center promotes the whole child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth; targets children in crisis and with special needs; involves parents in promoting family literacy and kindergarten-readiness; and works for better access and quality child care in the broader community.

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


Collaborative Shelter Referral Program

The Collaborative Shelter Referral Program (CSR) connects homeless families to adult education, higher education services, ESOL, workforce trainings, and employment through case management and referral services.  Project Hope, in partnership with shelters and programs across Boston, meets with families to develop and track individualized training plans to place homeless families on the pathway out of poverty. 


To refer a homeless family, please email Paulette at pgomes@prohope.org with the client’s name, address, contact information, and area of interest (education, training, etc.).

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)

The Family Child Care Business Enterprise is an innovative venture that oversees a network of 20+ home-based family day care businesses.  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. Ongoing college-level child development coursework, and business support is offered throughout the year. 

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

The Family Shelter was one of the first homeless shelter for families in the state and remains a model for its respectful and empowering approach.  Approximately 20 women and their children are sheltered each year.  The women are assisted to secure permanent housing and to connect with Project Hope's adult education and career development opportunities.

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 Housing Services Department assists Dorchester/Roxbury families with various housing issues.  A team of experienced staff provides housing counseling, landlord negotiation, housing search assistance, budgeting advice and training, emergency rental funds, and more.  Project Hope is in the process of growing its homelessness prevention activities and better integrating them with our career development services so women can improve their economic conditions in order to keep their families housed long-term.

For specific questions 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 composed 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 and the programs at Project Hope. These women, our Ambassadors, attend ongoing communication workshops and are ready to share their stories publicly, relating just 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 women—single mothers predominantly—and other community members in the Dudley neighborhood who found that without adequate training and an accessible path to employers their dreams of living wage jobs were out of reach.  WDEP provides the link between community residents and work, supporting them with:

1) job readiness training
2) access to career ladder job opportunities, and
3) ongoing case management support for a full year after job placement

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. 218 to leave a message.  A staff member will return your call.