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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 and women. Every guest meets with a case manager weekly and is expected to participate in his/her service plan.
Case management is the cornerstone of homeless service delivery at Our Father’s 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.
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.
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, 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.
This is a closed-referral shelter. To apply, please call 866-584-0653 and speak with a Homeless Coordinator
Our Outreach workers 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.
Our Community Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., in the basement of the Faith Christian Church, 40 Boutelle St., Fitchburg.
Each household may shop once per calendar month. Unlike other pantries, where the food is chosen for them, shoppers here use a grocery cart and go around the room and choose the food they want.
OFH has been the recipient of 'Rapid Rehousing' money distributed to communities via the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to help people 'exit homelessness." As HUD is the funder, OFH is mandated to use its definition of homelessness, which in part is: Living in a place not meant for human habitation, is being evicted, is under 25, or fleeing domestic violence