Horizons for Homeless Children

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Basic Information

Address: 888 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: 508-999-9454
Fax Number: 508-999-9455
Director: Sarah Beal

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Poverty, Homelessness, Arts, Literacy
Clearances Required: No
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Homeless Children
Ages for Volunteer: 16-100+
Hours of Service: Primarily evening shifts but late morning and after school hours available as well
Minimum Hours Required: Two hours weekly for six months
Days of Service: Monday-Friday
Mission Statement:

The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of homeless children and their families. We provide homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways. To improve the lives of the children we serve over the long term, we connect their parents with the tools they need to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency. We provide leadership in advocating for homeless children and their families through leveraging and sharing our expertise with others and advocating with policy makers and the public.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We help children learn how to play, to share, to read, and to enjoy exploring their worlds. We help parents learn how to be nurturing and involved in the growth and development of their children, and help them learn and grow through job training, GED and college courses. We help to stabilize families so that they can weather any crisis, and thus help to break the cycle of homelessness that too often occurs.

Program History:

Horizons for Homeless Children was founded in 1988 as an independent, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving young homeless children and their families. Horizons for Homeless Children touches the lives of more than 2,700 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through Playspaces (educational and recreational spaces) in shelters and 175 children through its three Community Children's Centers, Boston's only comprehensive, full-time early education and childcare centers specifically for young homeless children. In addition to direct service, we advocate on behalf of young homeless children and their families with policy makers and provide training and technical assistance to related service providers


Annual Women's Breakfast. Featured guests in years past have been Lily Tomlin and Michelle Norris of NPR Children without Homes National Conference Annual Spring Gala

Additional Information:

We are a statewide agency with five regions. The Southeat region includes the Barnstable, Plymouth, and Bristol Counties.

Every volunteer needs to attend a mandatory training. They can attend one in any region and still volunteer in the region of their choice.

Besides a background check, references are also required.

Volunteers between the ages of 16-18 are required to volunteer with their parent or adult guardian.