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Project Place, Inc.
  • 1145 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
  • 617-542-3740
  • Work Experience | Transitional Jobs
Transitional Employment
Program activities:

Project place runs three social enterprises that couple on-the-job training with wraparound case management and employment services to ensure clients cultivate the tools, confidence, and resources to obtain, and succeed in, employment.

Transitional employment includes hands-on experience in one of our enterprises, preparing clients for a variety of positions in popular industries in Boston including modern logistics, food preparation, hospitality, and facilities maintenance. Trainees work 20-40-hour weeks, making $15 per hour. Meanwhile, each client will continue to receive case management services as they work to address any personal barriers to employment. This includes services like crisis management, documentation obtainment, one-on-one weekly case management meetings, etc. Case managers also refer out to services such as mental and physical health treatment, substance use recovery, emergency housing, legal services, etc. Employment services, hosted by the agency’s Career Coordinator and Employment & Retention Services Manager, focus on guided feedback sessions and working with employer partners to stay on top of industry and hiring trends in Boston. Below is a description of our three social enterprises:

Clean Corners…Bright Hopes (CCBH) is a facilities maintenance and landscaping enterprise that provides beautification, exterior property and facility maintenance services to buildings and neighborhoods throughout the Boston area through fee- for-service contracts. CCBH trainees learn proper cleaning techniques, as well as reinforce safety techniques and application while obtaining their OSHA10 in the classroom. Clients who participate in this program graduate with skills that transfer directly to a variety of industries. It is a useful enterprise for those looking for custodial services, facilities maintenance, and waste management.

The Logistics Enterprise Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) is a social enterprise business that provides vending and delivery services throughout Greater Boston, preparing individuals for a career in logistics, transportation and warehousing. LEAP trainees learn modern day logistics with Par Level Software with classroom training paired with on-the-job applications. LEAP trainees also work toward their OSHA10 in the classroom to learn proper safety.

Working Opportunities for Women (WOW) teaches trainees food safety, basic culinary skills, and customer service while providing food service for Roxbury Community College (RCC) and the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. WOW trainees learn and reinforce customer service skills and learn light assembly and production, packaging and labeling, order fulfillment and Point of Sales systems. WOW trainees receive their ServSafe Food Allergens and Food Safety certifications in the classroom.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Individuals experiencing homelessness, housing instability, and very low-income individuals.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 30
Total hours: 26
Information About Program Hours: Average weekly hours of 25, can range from 15-39 hours
Program duration: 24 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 12
Program start dates: April 8th, May 6th, June 3rd
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-2:00pmOn the Job Training (Hours vary per enterprise)
9:00amGuided Job Search
2:00pmCase Management
Other Schedule Information: Clients must meet with their case managers weekly. Clients may be with us for up to 6 months, though some clients obtain permanent employment before that and transition before the six months.
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

1145 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118Accessible via public transportation by the Orange, Silver, and Red lines as well as the Commuter Rail.
Roxbury Community College at 1234 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02120Accessible via public transportation by the Orange line as well as the Commuter Rail.
Additional information about location:

Clean Corners Bright Hopes and Logistic Enterprise Apprenticeship Program is at 1145 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118. We provide transportation to and from the work site.

Working Opportunities for Women is at Roxbury Community College at 1234 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02120.

Other requirements: Must be able to lift 50 lbs. | Committed to supporting a community of recovery
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: For LEAP and Clean Corners participants: OSHA 10 For WOW participants: ServSafe All participants: NRFF Customer Service & Sales Certificate
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Test/License Fees
Books/supplies (Customer Service & Sales Class)
Interview Clothing
Uniforms (Clothing and Shoes for Social Enterprise)
Fees Associated with Work Documents
RMV Fees
Technology (Chromebooks, replacement devices)
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Victoria Patlajan
Telephone: 617-542-3740
Program code: PPI-WBLTJ-SUB
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes