Homeless Shelters

The Summer Fund partners with 20-25 Boston-area homeless shelters and transitional agencies to identify at-risk children and youth who would benefit from participation in safe, structured summer programming. If your shelter or agency serves homeless families in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, or Somerville and is interested in partnering with us, we encourage you to contact us.

Shelters and agencies that partner with the Summer Fund receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Homeless Campership Fund, a vital resource providing 400-600 weeks of free camperships each summer to homeless campers and their families
  • Access to high-quality camps providing safe, supervised, enriching  summer activities for children who are especially vulnerable due to homelessness
  • Relief for homeless parents and families who need childcare during summer months to address financial and personal issues
  • Access to the unsurpassed expertise of the Summer Fund camp network serving underserved and at-risk children and youth in Greater Boston

Our Impact

The Summer Fund Cultural Day program allows Boston Children’s Museum to fulfill its mission of reaching out to underserved populations of children in the greater Boston area. Without this program, many of these children would never have the opportunity to attend the Museum and to learn and grow from the educational opportunities we offer.

— Boston Children’s Museum

Random Quote

As part of the Summer Fund, in 2017 the Homeless Campership Fund supported 25 camp and shelter partners enabling families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities free access for over 1300 summer camp slots for this at-risk youth population.