The most effective way to end homelessness in our society is by preventing it from happening in the first place. Many factors can lead to homelessness, such as substance use and dependence, mental illness, and unemployment. We address these issues with several programs designed to address these issues directly.
Outpatient Counseling Center
The Mission's Outpatient Counseling Center seeks to provide quality outpatient care to individuals struggling with substance abuse and substance dependence. The center provides clinical and support services to individuals to help address the wide variety of issues arising from substance abuse and substance dependence, including:
Individual and family counseling
Case management to address vocational, financial, medical, mental health, educational, rehabilitative, and housing needs
Referral to other services dependent on level of care needed (i.e. inpatient treatment, vocational training)
Patient education related to sobriety, medical and mental health
Patient education related to transmission of infectious diseases (i.e. TB, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs)
Patient education related to smoking cessation
Aftercare and transition planning
Sober Living Program
An opportunity for downtown Boston’s community of recovering alcoholics and addicts is the Mission's Sober Living program. Adult men with 30 days of sobriety can complete a short screening procedure to determine eligibility and enter the Mission as a member of a sober community.
But a few things distinguish the Mission’s Sober Living program from other sober communities:
1. A centrally located and convenient downtown location is a huge plus for many program members, who can find and access places of employment and transportation options easily.
2. Members have access to in-house group recovery meetings, case managers, spiritual development and many other resources available to residential recovery program members.
Our job readiness efforts provide Mission program members with training to join or rejoin the workforce. We teach, develop, and reinforce the work skills, coping abilities, positive attitudes and self confidence (necessary to successfully apply for a job, accept an offer, and maintain employment). The Mission collaborates with several vocational programs in the area to prepare our clients for employment that is realistically attainable. We maintain a Job Referral Network where local companies partner with the Mission to provide employment opportunities.
Our food pantry provides nutritious staples like rice, beans, pasta, meats, vegetables, cereals and other packaged foods to our hungry neighbors. Every other Wednesday morning, recipients come to the Mission and receive food to supplement their regular pantry items at home. In many situations this food can provide just enough to keep a household fed while people seek longer-term reliable solutions.