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resources

The following are further resources and links to agencies/services outside of The Home for Little Wanderers that help youth aging out of state care.



General Resources

Speaking of Hope
Speaking of Hope is the go-to site to connect with other young adults who have lived experience — a site created by young adults, for young adults. You will find recovery information, tip sheets, resource guides, information for connecting with your local young adult area council and more! We seek to share ideas on wellness, make connections and open doors for peers.


Childcare and Parenting Support

Room to Grow
617-859-4545
Provides therapeutic educational interventions with pregnant and parenting moms - 13 visits over three years. Assistance with books, toys, gear and clothing.

South End Head Start & Early Head Start
617-426-2855 x739 | 100 Shawmut Avenue, Boston MA 02118
ABCD's South End & South End Early Head Starts offers free child care for young adults with children along with other support, like a family advocate, etc.


Housing Assistance

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
617-417-1620
Shelters, transitional housing, advice, help and suggestions of where to go.

Children's Services of Roxbury
617-989-9405

Youth on Fire
617-661-2508 | 1555 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Youth on Fire (YOF), a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street - involved youth, ages 14-24, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Over 3,000 youth have benefitted from YOF since the program opened its doors in the Spring of 2000.


Education Support

High School Plus — School on Wheels of Massachusetts
508-587-9091 | 790 West Chestnut Street, Brockton, MA 02301
This program offers guidance and assistance for students impacted by homelessness who are in high school and are interested in continuing their education. The High School Plus students are connected with colleges or vocational programs, as well as other local agencies, to help them move forward with their plans. This program also places a large emphasis on working with unaccompanied youth. High School Plus provides advocacy, guidance and support services for all student impacted by homelessness.

The Re-Engagement Center
617-635-2273 | Madison Park Complex, Bldg 1, 55 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02119
The goal of the Boston Public Schools Re-Engagement Center (REC), one of the first of these centers in the nation, is to re-engage students who have become disconnected from their education. The REC provides the resources and counseling students need to re-enroll in school and to get back on track to graduation.


Work/Job Skills Support

Community Work Services
617-720-2233
CWS assists men and women to effectively enter the workforce, seek advancement and pursue higher education to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency. We offer classroom learning and hands-on training so that individuals gain technical and personal skills to successfully enter the job market.

ABCD Career Explorations Program
617-348-6541
Career Explorations offers youth the opportunity to receive basic skills and advanced training in high-demand career fields including building trades, culinary arts, early child care, and health and biotechnology. Youth meet professionals from an array of occupations within each pathway, participate in workshops and field trips throughout Boston to enhance their career development. The Career Exploration staff also provide individual job counseling and assistance with the job search and application process in order to help link youth to jobs that match their interests.

More Than Words
781-788-0035 | 242 E. Berkley Street, Boston MA 02118
More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Youth gain job skills and work experience by working through and managing a used bookstore with an in-store coffee bar.

Maritime Apprenticeship Program
617-443-1900 | 22 Drydock Avenue, Boston MA 02210
The Hull Lifesaving Museum’s Maritime Apprentice Program (MAP) takes DYS youth that have CORI issues and teaches them carpentry skills and boatbuilding. MAP creates viable, entry-level employees for the vibrant Marine Trades industry in the Port of Boston. They offer a GED.