Transitional Age Youth Programs Home for Little Wanderers

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Contact Information

Home for Little Wanderers
Transitional Age Youth Programs
Email Address: directortay@thehome.org
Phone: 508-531-1483

10 Guest Street Boston, MA 02135
Area Served: Boston

Map Location Transitional Age Youth Programs

Narrative

Over the past decade, The Home has been at the forefront of serving young adults aged 18-22 who are transitioning out of state systems of care. By working in collaboration with the Department of Children & Families, the Department of Mental Health, the Massachusetts Task Force for Youth Aging Out, and other community partners, our staff has developed specific and effective supports to serve this population. Customized, age-specific services are particularly important for this demographic, as they are at-risk for homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, earl preganancy, and substance abuse.

The Home has developed innovative programs for aging out young adults:

  • Young Adult Resource Network (YARN)
  • Roxbury Village
  • Academic Support for College and Life (ASCL)
  • Peer Mentors

All of the programs share the same goal: to connect young adults with community resources to help them become contributing members in the community while acquiring the skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency. 

 About YARN
The Young Adult Resource Network (YARN) is a “wraparound” support program that assists young men and women aged 17-22 who are referred to the program through the Department of Children & Families. The hub of the program is the Community Advocacy Center in Dorchester where young adults can drop in, Monday through
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.*

The drop-in center’s resources include:

  • Laundry, kitchen, shower, and gym facilities
  • Music studio
  • Career lab with computers
  • Skill building workshops

The program’s philosophy is to meet young adults “where they are” and to provide skills development that will allow them to live independently  in there community.

About Roxbury Village
Roxbury Village provides transitional housing to homeless youth aged 18-22. The program’s purpose is to offer more than just housing by providing access to resources and skills. The housing portion of the program provides youth with an individual bedroom and shared access to full amenities of apartment living; including a kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities.

Roxbury Village provides:

  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Physical, emotional, and psychological wellness
  • Employment services
  • Educational support
  • Access to health services
  • Positive and appropriate peer relationships
  • Access to The Home’s YARN Program


Young adults living at Roxbury Village must demonstrate appropriate progress toward achieving self-sufficiency by being enrolled in school and/or being employed full time. As young adults transition to permanent housing,
the program continues to offer post-discharge support through case management services.

About ASCL
Academic Support for College and Life at Bridgewater State University (BSU) is The Home’s innovative college program designed to support aging out youth transitioning into higher education. The program provides nine young men and women with the opportunity to live on the BSU campus while receiving college-level academic
instruction, as well as clinical, social, vocational, and daily living supports.ASCL’s structured program includes a summer orientation, two academic semesters, a winter break service trip and a summer internship. Support
services and opportunities for internships are available throughout the student’s education at BSU.

The support services include:

  • Mental health services
  • Full-time clinical social worker
  • Individual and group therapy sessions
  • Ongoing and/or acute crisis management
  • Treatment plans
  • Coordination of needed services in the community


Eligible young adults must be 18 years of age, accepted by BSU Admissions, have no dependents and receive services through the Department of Children & Families (DCF).

About Peer Mentors
Peer mentors are an additional support, provided specifically for young adults between the ages of 16-21 who have a mental health diagnosis. Mentors are young adults who are able to share theirpersonal recovery stories and relate to the young adults concerns in a meaningful way. Those who want a Peer Mentor must have MassHealth and be involved with one of our Community Service Agencies (CSA).

Service Types

  • Job Training
  • Skills Training

Program Type

  • Education
  • Transition

Ages Served

  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service