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Saint Francis House, Inc.
  • 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • 617-542-4211
  • Job Search Training
Moving Ahead Program (MAP)
Program activities:

The Moving Ahead Program (MAP) is a classroom-based employment readiness program serving adult men and women who have histories of homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse.   MAP prioritizes serving individuals who are currently homeless.  MAP maintains a very low barrier to entry; a 5th-grade literacy level, a stated intention to find and maintain employment, and a stated commitment to meeting the expectations of the program.

MAP classes are 14 weeks long and operate regularly throughout the year.  Students participate in the classroom Monday-Friday, for a total of 24 hours per week.  The curriculum includes self-exploration, stress management and overall wellness, life skills, workplace readiness and relevant skill building, career exploration, basic computer skills, job search techniques and practices including resumes, cover letters, online databases and applications, interviewing skills and practice, and communicating with employers.  Work in the classroom is supplemented by the Employment Services team, which seeks out and manages existing employer partnerships, and connects students with employers and jobs, and provides case management.    Students also participate in Studio Shine, a career image program component that prioritizes self-image and professional image and provides students with clothing they need for interviews and the workplace.   Finally, each student receives case management support and works individually with a designated Workforce Development staff member, who helps them to identify and reduce barriers to their success in the job market or workplace and helps them to ensure stability in their recovery and or other areas of their lives.

The classroom and individual work are supplemented by a variety of other program supports designed to reduce barriers to success and ensure the likelihood of participant completion and job placement.  All participants receive 16 weeks of emergency housing if needed, a weekly stipend to pay for essential items, and an MBTA pass to remove any barriers to daily attendance, and breakfast and lunch daily.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Individuals who have experienced homelessness

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 50
Total hours: 24
Program duration: 14 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 10
Program start dates: Next starts: May 13, 2024, June 3, 2024
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9am - 10amVirtual field trip to MassHire
11am - 12pmBudgeting 101
12pm - 2pmResume and cover letter
1pm - 2pmWellness (diet, sleep hygiene, exercise)
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116Accessible by MBTA Subway Red Line, Orange Line, Green Line, Silver Line, and local buses.
Other requirements: 5th grade reading level
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: Certification in work readiness
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Test/License Fees
Cash stipends/paid housing
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Contact for more information
Telephone: 617-654-1257
Program code: SFH-JST
ABAWD Qualifying? No