Overview of programs

Emergency Shelter

The Emergency Shelter, located at 55 Lunenburg St., in Fitchburg, formally opened on March 4, 1985, provides meals, shelter, housing search, and advocacy services in the spirit of hospitality to homeless men and women.

The Emergency Shelter program is designed to offer a temporary shelter opportunity to homeless men. It is a “dry shelter” in that guests are not allowed to use alcohol or drugs. Every guest meets with a case manager weekly and is expected to participate in his/her service plan. Guests with an income are required to develop a budget and save 70 percent of their disposable income during their stay.

Case management is the cornerstone of
homeless service delivery at
Our Father’s House
and has proven to be the
model for success.


Navigating the complex human services delivery system can be difficult for some - particularly those with many barriers. The homeless population often has a variety of challenges including mental health diagnoses, physical disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence and poverty. Linking these individuals to the necessary services is paramount to their achievement of self-sufficiency.

The length of stay at the shelter — 1 and 180 days — is determined on an individual basis. If at any time during the stay the guest has not lived up to the contract, or has violated serious house rules, or has used alcohol or drugs, they will be asked to leave.

Elizabeth House

On July 1, 2000, OFH assumed the management of Elizabeth House, located at 76 Mechanic St., Fitchburg. This program provides transitional housing to homeless women in recovery.
Case Management is provided.
Requirements of this program is to: 

  • Have at least 30-days sobriety
  • Have a personal plan for recovery
  • Be involved with a self-help group
  • Have a willingness to participate in the program
  • Be in need of housing
  • Have a continuous source of income  

West Street Sober House 

OFH opened West Street Sober House Oct. 1, 2016, at 42 West St., in downtown Leominster. This program provides permanent housing to men in recovery and is modeled after the National Oxford Sober House. 
There is not case management provided on site as a resident council meets regularly and enforces all program expectations.  

Requirements of this sober house is to: 

  • Have at least 30-days sobriety
  • Have a personal plan for recovery
  • Be involved with a self-help group
  • Have a willingness to participate in the program
  • Be in need of housing
  • Have a continuous source of income  

Transitions at Devens 

OFH assumed the management of a family transitional housing program located at the former Ft. Devens in September 2006. This program is for single, female-headed households who are homeless with children. Transitions at Devens, which operates 13 units at 18 Cavite St., Devens, and seven scattered site apartments in Fitchburg, offers each family up to a four-month stay during which time we provide Case Management Services through collaboration with the Montachusett Opportunity Council.

Street Outreach

Our Outreach workers strive to build relationships with people living on the streets to encourage them to use local services and resources. We also respond to calls for assistance from law enforcement, businesses and concerned citizens. Our outreach efforts are focused in the North Central Massachusetts area.

The Street Outreach Program offers referral information, crisis intervention, counseling and case management to the unsheltered homeless. To break down the barriers and build trust, Outreach workers go to locations where homeless gather. We frequent wooded areas, parks, underpasses, abandoned buildings and other areas to meet with homeless people where they live.

Our workers are equipped with food, clothing, hygiene supplies, first aid, and referral information. We assist those with mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and unmet social service needs and coordinates services for those individuals.

The primary goal is to increase access to services for all individuals. Whenever possible clients are moved to an environment where their immediate physical, mental, and emotional needs are addressed. Whether it's detox, the emergency room, or emergency shelter - the program works tirelessly to assist those in need.

 
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