Inside Roxbury’s new
Horizons for Homeless Children facility
As featured in the Boston Business Journal, Horizons for Homeless Children has opened a new 211,000-square-foot facility in Roxbury’s Jackson Square. The facility, named for longtime supporters Sandy and Paul Edgerley, will allow the nonprofit to serve 30% more children, the Boston-based nonprofit organization says.
The Edgerley Family Horizons Center features outdoor play areas; STEM room; library; and community space for families to learn about topics including financial literacy, job preparation, nutritional cooking and social services. What’s more, the facility ensures the nonprofit’s long-term financial health and stability, Horizons said in a statement.
“The Edgerley Family Horizons Center will improve the lives of children experiencing homelessness by giving them access to beautiful, safe spaces where they can learn, play, and gain access to much-needed programming, like STEM, literacy, and more,” said Kate Barrand, president and CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children, in a statement. “We are so grateful to those who have supported this endeavor and invested in our vision to provide many of our city’s at-risk children with the high-quality early education they deserve, alongside family services that will enable parents to lift themselves up and out of financial insecurity.”
The facility will serve 225 children in 22 classrooms — up 30% from the 175 children currently served — and will also house 400 jobs by tenants including the Department of Children & Families, YouthBuild and Healthcare for the Homeless. WaterMark Development and Horizons for Homeless Children jointly developed the project via a public/private joint venture.