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Breaktime United, Inc.
  • 170 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114
  • 508-319-1679
  • Work Experience | Transitional Jobs
Breaktime Liftoff Work Experience
Program activities:

Breaktime’s core program is a three-part supported transitional employment program that utilizes partnerships to empower young adults at risk/experiencing housing insecurity.

This includes 3 weeks of work readiness training and financial education, 3 months of paid job placement at a local nonprofit or business, and 3 years of continued wraparound career, academic, housing, and financial support services. The Breaktime model is uniquely and intentionally designed to support young adults to access high-quality, in-demand job opportunities while equipping them with the skills, financial knowledge, and support necessary for them to acquire long-term stable housing.

After completing the Launchpad program Breaktime connects associates with local nonprofits or small businesses where they work for three months as part of our Liftoff Program. During this time, they earn a living wage of $18+ per hour for 20-30 hours per week while gaining valuable work experience with continued support from Pathway Coaches. Participants have the option to save money every week in a matched savings account where Breaktime matches each contribution up to $50. During Liftoff, Pathway Coaches also work to connect their participants with external supports for mental health, child care, and housing resources.

At the end of the 13 weeks/3 months, any participant who is not brought on full time by their placement works with their Pathway Coach to update their resume, compile job postings, and submitting job applications until employment is secured.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Young adults experiencing homelessness, ages of 18-25.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 60
Total hours: 30
Program duration: 13 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 12
Program start dates: A new program begins on the first day of the month for all 12 months.
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
VariesWork Experience at Job Site
Other Schedule Information: Associates typically do not work on Sundays
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

Breaktime: 170 Portland Street, Boston MA 02114Location is directly across from North Station T stop and within walking distance of Haymarket, Downtown Crossing, and Park.
Additional information about location:

Organizations where the job training may take place:
Bloc Cafe | Community Servings | Cityscapes Plant Care | Cradles to Crayons | Daily Table Dorchester | Diesel Cafe | East End House | Forge Bakery and Cafe | Revby | Spaulding Rehabilitation | YMCA Greater Boston East Boston Food Pantry

Program requirements: CORI check
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: Breaktime Job Readiness Certificate
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Wage
Other, please explain: Participants receive wages of $18 per hour worked.

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Grace McDonald
Telephone: 860-514-8258
Ext: 1234
Program code: BUI-WBLTJ-SUB
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes