Project Place

Filed Under: CORI, Employment, Housing
Location
1145 Washington Street
Boston, ma 02118
Phone
Phone: 617-542-3740 x 434
Fax: 617-542-3860
Online
bcarter@projectplace.org
Website
Who to Contact
Beth Carter, Director of Re-Entry Services and Programs
Services

Project Place Re-entry Services and Programs provide a path to success and self-sufficiency for men and women returning to the community after incarceration.  Through a sense of belonging to the Project Place community that maintains high standards of accountability, participants can thrive as they pursue their goal of stabilization through employment.

Employment, Job Training, & Resource Services

Project Place Re-entry works with residents, residential facilities and agencies within Suffolk County and the expansive surrounding communities.  They help all who are re-enter the community and need help in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Project Place utilizes programs and curriculum developed specifically for individuals returning from incarceration and/or those who are system impacted.  Courses include Financial Math and Budgeting for Society, Anger Management, Family Reunification and other educational resources.  The Re-entry team provides individualized case management while assessing the needs of each person. Their services included guidance for obtaining identification and documentation, health insurance, assisting with housing, including transitional housing, and employment.

Project Place has a full Career Services Department that works closely with their Re-entry Department for their clients and focuses on each individual client and partnering employers.  Career Services and the Re-entry Departments at Project Place are practiced in overcoming the hurdles of CORI challenges and windows in work history

Community Re-entry for Women (CREW) provides job readiness and life skills training to incarcerated women at the Suffolk County House of Correction. Through linking the participants with case management, career coaching and health care, the program seeks to foster the strength and independence of participants in preparation for positive re-entry into the community. This program is only available to incarcerated females at the SCHOC.  Upon release, the women are welcomed to the Project Place community and continue to work with a case manager for programming and support services.

Stabilization Programing Around Recovery and Resiliency Coaching (SPARRC) is one of several entry points into Project Place and is essential for many people before they begin job training.  The program is for those who desire change but aren’t quite prepared for or ready to commit to the Re-entry curriculum or Work Ready. Covered topics include:

  • Recovery and mental health support
  • One-on-one case management sessions
  • Group counseling and skill development
  • Structured guidance for personal and employment goals
  • A welcoming and supportive community

Work Ready: WORK READY is a 4-week job-readiness training program focused on the basics of preparing clients for a successful job search. Clients will learn to develop resumes, write cover letters, perform a focused job search, & prepare for the interview process. In addition, clients will attend a weekly computer class. Upon completion of the program, clients will be assigned a career coach/case manager to assist with job search and provide ongoing support & resources. Classes are presently held virtually.

Further Credentialing: Project Place offers a 4-week Customer Service Training with Professional Certification in Customer Service through the National Retail Federation Foundation. They also offer a 4-week practicum focused on daily guided job search with the express goal of employment for clients who complete Customer Service credentialing. ServSafe, an industry-recognized certification in food safety is offered regularly. OSHA training is offered on an occasional basis as well.

Social Enterprises: Project Place operates three businesses. These enterprises provide transitional employment for clients for up to 3 months at starting pay of $11/hr. Individuals apply to be hired. Their social enterprises provide an opportunity to fill gaps in work history & gain references while pursuing permanent employment with the support of a case manager. To be considered for hire into one of their enterprises, clients must first complete Work Ready.

  • Clean Corners…Bright Hopes: Clean Corners… Bright Hopes is a facilities maintenance service that employs homeless individuals to perform maintenance and landscaping. This business offers transitional employment for three months.
  • The Logistics Enterprise Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) is a social enterprise business that provides vending and delivery services throughout Greater Boston, preparing individuals for a career in logistics, transportation, warehousing, etc.
  • Working Opportunities for Women (WOW) employs women to perform light manufacturing, order fulfillment, sales and marketing, and other small business operations to support local businesses seeking to expand their operations.

Housing

  • Partnerships with various housing providers including Caritas and sober living communities
  • Rapid Rehousing: Betty’s Place is a program that can accommodate up to 10 women at one time. Residents are provided with Project Place programming and supports while making the transition from the emergency shelter system to independent living. Betty’s provides each resident with a room of her own in a safe, clean environment and two meals a day. Residents also receive their wraparound support services to address barriers in finding and obtaining employment and housing. Betty’s Rapid Rehousing hopes to transition women to independent living within 3-6 months. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To refer someone or apply, call 617-482-1126.
  • Permanent affordable housing – Gatehouse: The top floors of the Project Place building hold 14 affordable studio-apartments for single occupants. Each furnished unit contains a kitchenette and private bathroom with all amenities. Residents must have income, lead a sober lifestyle and qualify for disability (substance abuse can be considered a disability). Rental subsidies are available for all units, and residents should expect to pay one third of their income towards rent. Call 617-542-3740.

All programs are CORI friendly.

Transportation: Silver Line: East Berkeley St.; Red Line: Broadway.

Service hours

M - F: 9am - 5pm

Cost
None
Languages

English, Limited Spanish

Transportation

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Last updated December 9, 2020

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