Brookview has an impressive record of success. The agency has helped 92% of families in our program to leave the ranks of homelessness permanently. These numbers only tell part of the story. Our real success is about changing lives. Brookview helps families develop skills to overcome their challenges. Through our programs for homeless women we help families develop skills to overcome their challenges.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Our dedicated staff identifies the obstacles for both moms and children and assists them in developing an individualized strategy. We achieve this model with a combination of apartment-style housing, case management, classroom-style training, job readiness and life skills workshops, specialized youth programs, housing search assistance, counseling and other support services.
I am a mother of two children and I am proud to say that I now work in the information technology field. Brookview became the last of three programs my family lived in before I moved into my current apartment. Compared to the other programs, Brookview House felt like a permanent home. They helped me learn that no problem is too big to handle if you have a positive attitude and the goal to succeed.
I refuse to bow down to abuse for now I have the necessary resources to make a difference in my family’s life.
DORCHESTER WOMEN’S SAFETY NETWORK
Brookview established the Dorchester Women’s Safety Network (DWSN) with funding from the U.S. Dept of Justice Office on Violence against Women. This Network is a unique opportunity for community-based organizations to address the critical needs of victims of domestic violence in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture and effectively addresses language and communication barriers. DWSN is an innovative community partnership that increases availability of and improves the overall effectiveness of culturally and linguistically specific services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. The Network offers linguistically and culturally specific transitional housing, medical services, legal advocacy, counseling, safety planning, case management, childcare, housing search and placements, financial literacy and life skills workshops.
Shamieka is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
“I assumed Brookview would be like all the other shelters we lived in and that nothing would change, but I was wrong.
Drug and domestic abuse, and homelessness could have been leading factors in who I would become. But being a part of Brookview allowed me to place my future into perspective. Graduating high school was no easy feat, but the staff and members of Brookview were there every step of the way making sure I stayed on track. I lived in many different shelters, and not one compares to the experience I obtained while at Brookview. Brookview House became so much more than a homeless shelter, it became my home.”