EDEN was founded on the belief that the path out of homeless, poverty, and gaining the ability to survive and thrive begins from alleviating homelessness from the roots. Every year, thousands of families lose their homes, and a great deal more are stuck in a merry-go-round of chronic homelessness. We believe that a stable home is more than a roof over one’s head; it is an invaluable right that defines our liberty, life, and pursuit of happiness.
EDEN is committed to reducing barriers to opportunities by offering intervention and stabilization evidence-based programs that can help families attain self-sufficiency, secure better jobs and pursue their dreams. We recognize the value, uniqueness, and dignity in every individual. We know that when people have access to homes and the skills and resources to maintain their autonomy and support their families, they can chase their dreams effectively.
Therefore, we re-invent the wheel through actionable plans aimed at helping families build skills, access knowledge, and resources. From case managers, clinicians to coaches, our team works diligently to combat and break the barriers. Together, EDEN aims to be the voice and vessel for underrepresented youths and families in shelters. We are relentless and unapologetic in our pursuit of helping one more family access permanent housing and long-lasting poverty-fighting solutions.
E.D.E.N is an excellent supportive organization for youth and families in shelters. E.D.E.N is dedicated and concentrates on meeting families right where they are. The team immediately gets to work by connecting with families and learning the needs and goals that each person is striving to achieve. I'm grateful to hear about an agency like E.D.E.N. They are dedicated, committed to their families. In times like these, they support, encourage, mentor and train families towards self-sufficiency.
I am a housing specialist through Justice Resource Institute and was fortunate to be able to work with EDEN worker Jehu Laconte on a challenging case between the months of January and March. JRI offers a plethora of services, but I work for the FOCUS program; we work with homeless families in shelter, and our aim is to help them eliminate barriers that make re-housing difficult in an attempt to stabilize them and get them into their own apartments. Myself and Jehu worked together on a case consisting of two undocumented adults from Cape Verde and one child who was born in Brockton, MA. As a housing worker, it was at times challenging to navigate the barrier of citizenship status with this family between the language barrier, and lack of documentation. I found Jehu to be not only flexible and approachable, but also resourceful and was able to help connect the family to resources. He was able to speak to Boston Legal Services regarding the family’s needs, and schedule consultations with attorneys to discuss their options in terms of securing citizenship documents. He also connected the family with the Immigrant Resource Center to enroll the head of household in ESL classes, and together, we were able to help the daughter enroll in classes through Bristol Community College to be able to secure her GED. Along with the ability to connect families with resource, I found EDEN to be very helpful in that they provided our homeless families with hygiene baskets, and provided assistance in terms of securing jobs and scheduling virtual job fairs to assist clients with honing their professional skills while also trying to gain employment and increase their income. Working with EDEN was a great experience, and I would love to be able to refer clients in the future, especially upon leaving shelter, so ensure that the cycle of homelessness does not continue. Jehu’s communication and professionalism was unmatched, and I think his work speaks volumes about the type of organization EDEN is and their mission to help families in need.