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Emergency Shelters

We offer emergency shelter for both families and individuals, with the goal of providing not just a place to sleep but also services to help those who are homeless get back on their feet.

Cute-kid-decorating-cardShelter for Families

The Emmaus Family House program serves up to 54 homeless families at one time. Of these, 28 families live together in a congregate setting at 150 How Street in Haverhill. Families live with dignity and respect in their own suites and join together for meals, meetings, and group activities in the spacious common area located on the first floor. The family shelter program also serves 26 families in scattered site apartments located in the same Haverhill neighborhood.

Our caring, multicultural staff promotes self-reliance from the time each family enters the program. Emmaus House provides meals; housing search assistance; medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment referrals; an on-site licensed social worker; regular visits from a registered nurse; assistance with school registration and enrollment; on-site after-school tutoring; access to enrichment programs; parent training; budgeting and tax preparation; job training and GED programs; and access to clothing, household goods, and furnishings.

The overarching goal is to prepare each family to live in independent, permanent affordable housing. The program provides an extensive base of both volunteer and professional supports that assist our families in moving ahead toward independent living. Most families find housing within 6 months.

Shelter for Individuals

Mitch’s Place offers temporary overnight shelter to homeless individuals year-round. Guests receive a bed, meals, and staff support to secure needed health and social services. Mitch’s Place was first organized in 1987 as a winter (six month) program to accommodate the addicted population as well as those in psychiatric distress. Today, Mitch’s Place is a 30-bed, year-round emergency overnight shelter for single men and women. In the winter months, the shelter offers life-saving support for up to 45 individuals.