About Us

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Mission, Vision, and Values

Solutions at Work was founded by a group of homeless individuals in Cambridge in 1989. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with resources and opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, achieve self-sufficiency, and participate in helping others. We envision a Greater Boston in which homeless and poor people have the resources, opportunities, and partners they need to achieve self-sufficiency. The following organizational values inform how we approach every aspect of our work:

  • Inclusive
  • Respectful
  • Compassionate

Programs and Services

Solutions at Work serves thousands of people who are living in poverty annually. Our programs provide the following resources because countless local homeless people have told us time and again that these are precisely things they need to get their lives back on track.

Children’s Clothing, Books, and Toys
The homeless and low-income parents who participate in our Children’s Clothing Exchange trade their children’s outgrown items for age-appropriate clothing, books, and toys.

Business Attire
Our popular SolutionsWear program provides interview-appropriate clothing and accessories to men and women who are enrolled in area job-training programs.

A Voice
Our Speak Up! program raises awareness and dispels myths about homelessness by providing paid speaking engagements to people who have actually experienced homelessness.

Receive Services

For information about how to receive assistance from Solutions at Work, please contact Tara Riopelle at 617-871-1202 ext. 1 or triopelle@solutionsatwork.org.

Support Solutions at Work

For information about how to support Solutions at Work or to schedule a tour of our award-winning programs, please contact Tara Riopelle at 617-871-1202 ext. 1 or triopelle@solutionsatwork.org.