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Carolina Hill

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Marshfield, MA  781-837-1377

DONATIONS:  always welcome.  

  • Ask about adopting a family or an individual
  • Year-round needs: new warm clothing, especially for children


Carolina Hill is a private, non-profit (Chapter 180, 501(c) 3) corporation operating as a transitional shelter for homeless women and children. Our program is reality-based, pragmatically approached, result-oriented, and it is unique in several aspects.

Our services are designed to break the cycle of repeated homelessness experienced by many families. We are also unique in our ability to accommodate families whose members may have special needs, (i.e. developmentally disabled or handicapped), due to the specialized training and experience of our staff. Our physical facility and its location are ideal for a shelter program. The fenced yard, recreation building and living spaces are ideally suited for larger families who cannot find shelter elsewhere.

The average length of stay for a family here at Carolina Hill is six months, during which the mothers receive mandatory counseling in order to examine the reasons for their homelessness and to avoid similar situations in the future. The program houses from 13 - 16 families depending upon the size of the families. Since June 1988, we have provided for 323 families with a total of 610 children.

Training is provided in basic life skills such as money management, parenting, nutrition, assertiveness and accessing community resources. These training programs which emphasize the acquisition of skills, confidence and information, lead to a certificate of "housing readiness" and can expedite a successful housing search. While all Carolina Hill residents share a common problem of homelessness, many are also escaping situations of domestic violence and/or recovering from substance abuse. After families are successfully placed in a new home, we offer follow-up services to assist their smooth transition into local schools and social services.





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