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’s program broke financial barriers to enable 816 new individuals to visit the Museum exhibit halls. Through the cultural program, we have the opportunity to enhance existing relationships and begin new ones with community-based organizations and with colleagues from other cultural organizations.

— Museum of Science

Random Quote

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury