CSR Family shelter newsletter Holiday Edition


"Here we are again" with this month's Housing & Stabilization's Resource Newsletter for Staff. India Pulido, Editor will highlight information concerning Homeless students and offers an update about the Golden Domes Budget Overrides from Libby Haynes, Homes for Families.

We encourage each of you to share any of your newsworthy items or updates for the future newsletters. All of the opportunities shared in the newsletter can make a difference in supporting your work with our participants.

I'm heading off for a self care vacation of spiritual, mental and physical healing (with my 3 grandchildren)!!

Thank you all for your efforts in working together to Get The Job Done!!


Anita Burke-Johnson

Vice President

Newsletter Highlights

  • Boston Tuition-Free Community College Plan
  • Operation A.B.L.E ( Medical Office Training)
  • Fresh Food Truck
  • Job Fair
CSR FAMILY shelter food pantry

The CSR Family Shelter Food Pantry is now OPEN!!

In partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank, We now have an Emergency food shelter for our participant families! We plan to utilize the Family Shelter Food Pantry by providing our participants with "Welcome Bags" when they first enter our shelters and on emergency need basis afterwards.

Please contact India Pulido X454 for more info

In the News

Walsh appoints special chronic homelessness adviser

“Laila has proven her capacity to lead the city and our partners through major reforms to the homeless response system, skillfully navigating the perspectives of diverse — and at times competing — stakeholders and bureaucracies,” the mayor said in a statement. The goal is to eradicate chronic homelessness by 2018, and Walsh said appointing Bernstein as adviser to the mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness will help Boston “reach our ambitious goals.”


Today, We want to give a pleasant welcome to our new team members Kiara Julks and Anthony Parker who come to us from CSR's Pilgrim Shelter for adult men.

Kiara was formerly a Case Manager and Shift Lead for the past two years at the Shelter and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is the new Office Manager/Receptionist for Family Housing and Stabilization located at 504 Dudley Street . Anthony was a former Counselor at the men's shelter for two years and is now the new Maintenance Care Worker for our Shelter facilities. His office will be located at 471 Dudley Street.

We are so grateful to have them on board and share their experiences and practice as we move forward to strengthen our Division.




Boston Tuition-Free Community College Plan

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang and Mayor Martin J. Walsh launch the application for the tuition-free community college plan, which provides a cost-effective entry point into higher education for Boston's young people!

Job Corps: A no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training.

Job Corps' mission is to attract eligible young people, teach them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Job Corps or would like more information, please call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627 today!

YEAR UP Recruitment: Interested in taking the next step in the journey towards a career & higher education? Year Up provides a one-year program that serves youth ages 18-24 to receive an educational stipend and earn up to 31 FREE college credit recommendations while taking classes and completing an internship at top companies in Boston to prepare them for a professional career. Located at 45 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109. Contact SReyes@yearup.org or 857-305-9990 to RSVP!

ABCD Career Explorations: ABCD provides FREE workshops for Boston residents ages 16-24 on topics such as job readiness and life skills workshops, career specific trainings, paid internships and one-on-one case management. Career specific trainings are offered in the fields of health, early childhood education, culinary arts, building trades and criminal justice. Mikayla Carignan, 617-348-6654, mikayla.carignan@bostonabcd.org

Boston Re-Engagement Center: The REC provides the resources and counseling students need to re-enroll in school and to get back on track to graduation. Services Provided Below:

  • Outreach to dropouts via mail and phone
  • Review transcripts to give students a picture of what they need to complete school
  • Help students enroll in an appropriate BPS high school or alternative program
  • Online credit recovery, night school, day and summer school classes
  • GED program referral
  • Follow-up with students after placement
  • Connections to various support services within the community
  • Life and career workshops

The REC maintains an open-door policy. Youth and families are welcome to call the REC at (617) 635-2273 or drop in to visit the center which is located at Madison Park Complex, Bldg 1, 55 Malcolm X Blvd. Roxbury, MA 02119.


About the Teaching Kitchen: 12-week curriculum covers all facets of working in a professional kitchen including food safety and sanitation, proper equipment handling, menu planning, food preparation, nutrition, packaging and delivery.In addition, participants receive job-readiness skills highlighting the importance of punctuality, attendance, cooperation, and teamwork as well as writing, interviewing and job placement assistance.

The following training programs will be beginning new sessions, if you have participants whom are interested in any of the following industries or someone new to the workforce whom would like to enroll in a program. Please contact Jani Lopes X119 JRaynor@csrox.org

St.Mary’s Center for Women and Children:  Women @Work Training program/ GED program ( Next session starting in 1/17)

Community Servings: Culinary Training ( application deadline 12/13)

Best Corp: Hospitality Training

Building Pathways: Construction Training

Medical Professional Institute: Phlebotomy/ EKG Training Program

Bunker Hill Community College- Pharmacy Tech, EMT, CAN programs ( our participants may qualify to enroll in these programs free of charge and receive a stipend)

Mattapantech- IT Training

YMCA Training : YMCA Training Provides training for jobs in Healthcare insurance call center reps, administrative, financial services and medical office. Must have a HS Diploma or GED, programs include 12 week training program plus internship with job placement assistance provided. To schedule and information session call (617) 542-1800 if interested in the healthcare insurance field specifically please reference healthcare insurance training when you call.

Building Pathways ( Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program):Provides pre-apprenticeship program for metro Boston residents who want to begin careers as skilled building trades men and women in construction and transportation. This is a 6 week program of career exploration and hands-on exposure to trades, such as electrician, pipefitters, carpenters, operating engineers, laborers and more. Sessions are held three times a year in the spring, fall and winter. Upcoming information sessions are 9/6,9/13 &9/20 at Boston Housing Authority 125 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, all sessions start promptly at 10:00am! No RSVP required. For questions, contact Building Pathways at (617) 282-2242

Operation A.B.L.E ( Medical Office Training): Coursework includes: Patient registration , appointment scheduling, copayment/coinsurance, medical insurance & billing, report generation, medical terminology and much more. Training program followed by 6 week internship placement to gain experience, the next class begins 10/3/2016. The learn more please call (617) 542-4180 or visit www.operation ABLE.net

Partners in Career & Workforce Development: This is a free 8-week employment and training program designed for individuals interested in entry-level employment within one of the Partners hospitals. Candidates must attend an open house offered the first and third Fri of every month from 9:30am-1pm. Open houses are at 550 Dudley St., Roxbury. The training program takes place on the Massachusetts General Campus. 617-442-1880 x218,www.prohope.org/openhouse.htm

PROJECT HOPE: 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.

To register for an upcoming open house, click link If you have additional questions, please call 617-442-1880 ext. 234 to leave a message. A staff member will return your call.



Parking Facility Managers, Parking Cashiers, Parking Attendants, Parking Shift Supervisors, Lobby Attendant. Full and Part-time positions available in the Boston area. Competitive wages and employee benefits. Military veterans are encourage to apply. Please send resumes to mmsgroup@aol.com

Vanguard Parking & General Services Corporation 795 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing, MA (617) 585-3150 employment Office(617) 585-3153 Fax

custodian (SEAPORT)

Nonprofit in Seaport near south station or courthouse stations seeks custodian for afternoon- evening hours. Janitorial and light maintenance duties. Full-time with excellent benefits and starting pay. Resume and letter to careers@uua.org

2nd Annual Construction Job Fair:

Thursday December 15 3pm-7pm Hibernian Hall 184 Dudley Street Roxbury Ma 02119

Local Full-Time Opportunities available in Electrical, Plumbing, Sheet Metal, Roofing, Masonry, Carpentry, Heating/ Cooling, Insulation, Sitework, Flooring, Demolition and Steel Fabrication.Minorities and Women are encouraged to attend. Onsite applications available/ resume preferred!

Women @work Training Program

The women@ work training program held at St. Mary’s Center for Children and Infants has space available for the current session. The programs runs for 6 months Mon-Fri from 9am-3pm, which includes a paid internship. Participants must have their GED or HS Diploma. This is a bilingual program, please send me a referral form ASAP as the employment specialist at St. Mary’s is looking for participants whom can start on Monday. If you have any questions please feel free call or email

Restaurants Hiring in JAMAICA Plain

The restaurants below will hire applicants whom are not documented. They ask that applicants come by in person to provide their contact information and/or fill out an application. These are either cook or cashier positions. Pikalo located on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain is currently looking to hire a cashier. Please feel free to call or email Jani for more info.

Alex Chimis (358 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Miami Restaurant (381 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Pikalo (378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Bruins Warrior Ice Arena

The Boston Bruins have a brand-new practice facility in Brighton, and YOU could work there! Jobs being offered include: Guest Services, concessions clerk, maintenance and so much more! Check out the application page at the link below (in the search, set it to Brighton for city, MA for State and Warrior Ice Arena for location!

Kiessling Transit

Kiessling Transit is currently hiring Part-time drivers in the Dorchester Area. $13 per hour driving “oversized” wheelchair vans. AM and PM shifts available Monday – Friday schedule. 25 hours per week guaranteed. For more information please call Kiessling Transit Inc. at (800) 698-7676

Museum Of Fine Arts

The Museum Of Fine Arts is currently hiring for the current positions: Member & Visitor Service Representative, Mailroom Specialist/Shipping,& Receiving Assistant, Security Specialist, Utility worker, Security Officer

Please send your resume to resume@mfa.org or by mail to : Human Resources Department Museum of Fine Arts Boston Avenue of Arts

465 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115

Seasonal Lifeguards: BCYF hires many lifeguards to work at pools and our beach during the summer months. Find the job postings on the City of Boston website,boston.gov/ohr/careercenter/.

Mass Parks Lifeguard Position: Become a Mass Parks Lifeguard! Gain experience, self-confidence, and make $530.50/week! Opportunities are available at DCR-operated pools and inland or ocean beaches. Must be 16+ and able to swim front crawl at least 500 yards. Contact John Dwinell at 617-626-1224 or email DCRAquaticsUnit@massmail.state.ma.us




ESL Classes—The Boston Public Library offers ESL instruction in a traditional classroom environment. Classes range from beginner – for people with little or no experience with English – to high-intermediate. Classes are free; however, registration is required. For more information and to register please call 617-859-2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org.

ESL Conversation Groups—Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting with other ESL students and new English speakers. Groups are led by a native English speaker.


Our Small Group Tutoring program offers both English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) skills instruction. ESL groups are composed of 2-4 participants and one native-English speaking tutor. Participants have the chance to work on improving their conversational skills, as well as reading and writing. ABE groups traditionally have less students and focus on improving basic reading and writing skills toward individual student goals. For more information and to register please call 617-859-2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org.

CHILD CARE/Afterschool

Want to join your local BCYF community center?:

Fill out this application online and bring a print out with you to the center. Make sure you contact the center to find out what documents you need to bring with you to complete the application process, determine membership rates and the forms of accepted payment.


DYEE Resource Line: Do you need help finding an after school program, scholarships, or a job? The Department of Youth Engagement & Employment can help! Our resource line is open weekdays from 10am-7pm and from 10am-6pm during school vacations. We are here to help you find and get connected to programs and opportunities for youth of all ages, all across Boston. Call us at 617-635-2240 or 617-635-4202.

Fun Things To DO

lee school toy drive

  • When: December 17th
  • Where: Lee School- 155 Talbot Ave, Boston, MA 02124
  • Time: 1-3

Christmas in the city

Our annual party for those living in homeless shelters is a spectacular, go-all-out holiday event that many kids tell us is the best day of their lives. We also “play Santa” to thousands of other children who live in poverty, and provide assistance throughout the year to help families successfully transition from homelessness to independent living.

  • When: December 18th
  • Where: Boston Convention Center
  • Time: Bus Pick-up 8 AM at all congregate houses

Winter with happy feet

MFA Playdates

Bring your toddler in for a FREE drop-in storytime and art-making in the galleries. FREE with admission. First and third Monday of every month, 10:15-11:15am. Museum of Fine Arts. www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/mfa-playdates

Mama & Me

Toddlers and their parents can enjoy interactive art and creative movement classes. Registration is now open for winter sessions. Most sessions are 8 classes long with one class per week. 617-477-3432, www.mymamaandme.com

Coffee Hour

Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library is hosting a weekly coffee and conversation hour. Coffee and friends - the perfect combination! Wednesdays, 10:30am, Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02111. 617-436-8214



Massachusetts EBT cardholders can show their EBT card to pay only $2 per person cash admission. The discount applies for up to four people per card, per visit. The Museum/ZOO does not process EBT transactions; cash or other payment must be provided for admission.

FREE YMCA Membership

FREE YMCA Membership: Teens ages 13-19 can join the YMCA for FREE this summer! The free membership runs until September 5!



  • December 15th
  • 6

All shelter Holiday potluck

Holiday Pantry Bags Giveaway

Please email ipulido@csrox.org with feedback or any resources that are not presented here
Created by: India Pulido Scheduling & Resource Coor. X454
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