When people are ready to change their lives, they need the skills and tools to do so. Our Workforce Development Department provides guests with the help they need to move toward a brighter future.


Our workforce development programs include the Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP), One-Stop Career Center Access Point, and Rapid Rehousing Employment Services. In these programs we work with job seekers to address individual barriers to employment by offering immediate engagement, customized employment services and connection to One-Stop Career Center employment program resources.

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Providing job coaching and connecting job seekers to targeted individualized employment opportunities

One-Stop Career Center Access Point

St. Francis House is a physical center and resource for homeless job-seekers, providing specialized support, information on job openings, and job search assistance for clients, currently experiencing homelessness, to better overcome severe barriers to employment.

Rapid Rehousing Employment Services

Annually, we engage 50 job seekers, who are currently homeless and enrolled in Rapid Rehousing Program, with comprehensive individualized employment services.

MAP Employment Services

Annually we help 110 MAP program participants in job coaching and job placement.

In the summer of 2017, St. Francis House was selected as a one-stop access point by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD).

As the lead agency, working collaboratively in partnership with other homeless workforce providers, we provide job coaching and connect job seekers to One-Stop Career Center program resources. Read more.

St. Francis House is a physical center and resource for homeless job-seekers, providing specialized support, information on job openings, and job search assistance for clients, currently experiencing homelessness, to better overcome severe barriers to employment.

How does an access point help me?
  • St. Francis House is the entry point to One Stop Career Center services by helping you create/update your Career Center profile
  • We offer employment counseling services customized to your individual needs
  • We provide information and referrals to other community resources that can help remove barriers to employment

 

Our career pathway specialist provides post-placement retention support and career coaching with an emphasis on career advancement

The Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP) is a 14-week job- and life-skills training program for individuals who have experienced homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and/or histories of incarceration. MAP, which began in 1995, serves 140 students a year.

The MAP model is extremely effective. In FY16, we served 162 students on a rolling basis, achieving a graduation rate of 54%, with 62% of our graduates employed at the time of graduation with an average hourly wage of $11.59 – 15.9% more than the Massachusetts minimum wage of $10 an hour.

Visit our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program (MAP) page to learn more about the program, how to apply, and take advantage of resources as alumni.

The Moving Ahead Program (MAP) is a 14-week job- and life-skills training program that helps students learn to identify, pursue, and succeed in careers that match their abilities, skills, and work values. The program emphasizes the importance of job readiness and satisfaction, which can increase students’ ability to secure and maintain employment and housing, thus improving their lives and the community-at-large.

Since MAP started in 1995, more than 1,500 homeless and under-served individuals have graduated. MAP Alumni Services provides a network of support and tools that will help graduates secure and retain employment. We offer guidance at every step along the career path, and we’re here as long as someone needs us.

Studio Shine was the brainchild of a MAP graduate who understood the need for high-quality, fashion-forward professional attire that completes a student’s “look” and mirrors the internal transformation that happens during the 14-week program.

Studio Shine is an on-site boutique and image consulting service that provides MAP students with first-impression workshops, self-esteem counseling, and professional business attire.

Our full-time image consultant/counselor provides students with a one-hour private consultation in which they learn how to present themselves in a professional setting and how to dress for work. Studio Shine supplies each person with all of the wardrobe pieces necessary for job attainment and success.

Studio Shine is grateful for individual donations and corporate support from organizations like Men’s Wearhouse. We welcome all professional clothing in gently used or new condition. However, we always have a particular need for large-size women’s professional clothing (size 16 and above) and for women’s dress shoes. If you would like to donate, please call 617-457-1016.

Since MAP started in 1995, more than 1,500 homeless and underserved individuals have graduated. MAP Alumni Services provides a network of support and tools that will help graduates secure and retain employment. We offer guidance at every step along the career path, and we’re here as long as someone needs us.

MAP maintains an Alumni Center on the fourth floor of St. Francis House. There, graduates have access to staff and state-of-the-art computers to help with research and job hunting. The center is a beautiful, welcoming place to relax and stay connected.

We work hard to support our alumni after they graduate. In doing so, they sometimes support us, too. Alumni have the chance to “give back” to MAP and gain professional experience by volunteering or by serving on the Alumni Council.

Visit our Moving Ahead Alumni page to learn more about alumni resources.