The mission of One Family, Inc. is to end family homelessness in Massachusetts. This mission grows out of a core belief that no parent and child should be without a home of their own in such a richly resourced state. To be successful, we know we must address family poverty; the two go hand in hand. One Family approaches our mission in two ways. First, we work to change the response of government and private agencies from providing shelter to preventing homelessness and creating pathways for families to afford stable housing. Second, we provide direct service programs that help individual families move from poverty and homelessness to economic security by supporting their success in higher education and the workforce, and providing the resources they need to begin building family assets for the future.
Our signature direct service program, One Family Scholars, serves low-income, homeless and at-risk single parents living at, or more typically well below, 200% of the Federal Poverty level. Through the One Family Scholars program, these single parents are awarded flexible funds to bridge the gap between their existing resources and the true costs they incur to attend college. This financial aid is paired with coaching to help them stay in school and on track to a family-supporting career.
One Family relies on public and private donations to support its programs and initiatives.