A Hand Up Not a Hand Out
Maslow Project provides goal-oriented, wrap around support services to homeless children, ages 0-21, and their families throughout Southern Oregon, with a goal of bringing enough stability into their lives so that kids are able to stay in school and complete their educations. We’re here to meet their immediate needs, and we stay involved to help them plan for a brighter future.
At Maslow Project, we realize that basic needs must be met before children and families can reach higher goals. How can elementary school children be expected to concentrate when their bellies are empty and they slept fitfully on a crowded living room floor? How does a high school student study for the SATs when his “desk” is the front seat of a car?
Our one-stop resource center ensures that immediate basic needs such as food, clothing, and hygiene supplies are met. We then facilitate easy access to in-depth services from a comprehensive team of community partners. Maslow Project helps youth establish educational, employment, and personal development goals while providing wrap-around case-management services to assist youth in attaining those goals. In addition, Maslow Project provides student support services at local schools. Our outreach team builds community awareness and seeks out unaccompanied and unenrolled youth who may otherwise fall through the cracks.
Maslow Project’s concept of providing wrap-around services and comprehensive case management has proven to be extremely effective at stabilizing at-risk youth. In 2008, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth (NAEHCY) bestowed Maslow Project with the honor of Outstanding School-Based Education Program Providing Services to Students in Homeless Situation. However, our most rewarding feedback has been from the kids themselves.
“There definitely should be more people like you in the world!
I appreciate all you have done and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
-Maslow Project Youth