Our Mission, Programs, Shelter Partners


Boston Share Network (BSN) is a non-profit organization consisting of a coalition of volunteers, shelters and agencies working together to bridge the gap between homelessness and a life of hope by:

  • assessing the immediate and ongoing needs of the homeless and poor people in the Boston area
  • responding to those needs by collecting tangible items and by raising funds to administer BSN programs
  • fostering the sharing of resources and information among shelters
  • advocating for change in policies at the state and federal levels by engaging individuals, groups, and governmental bodies in its efforts

Established Programs

Homeless and poor people do not have extra money on hand to cover the cost of transactions that can change their lives for the better:

  • In order to prove who you are, you need a state-issued ID card.  Once you have one, you can apply for a job, cash a check, sign a lease, open a bank account, etc.  Without one you can do none of those things.  So BSN started the "You Are SomeBody" ID Program which provides the $25 fee required by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to get a Massachusetts ID card.
  • When you're living in a shelter, you still need to get to important commitments like medical appointments, job interviews, court appearances, new jobs, meetings with probation officers, and family-related visits.  So BSN started the Transportation Program that enables clients to use Charlie cards or use other forms of public transportation in and around Boston.
  • When a person is finally ready to move out of the shelter into housing, they don't have the money to pay for a moving van or truck and a couple of people to transport household items from a furniture bank to their new place.  Without it they have to sleep on the floor.  So BSN started the Moving Assistance Program which pays a moving company up to $300 for clients who need that help.
Homeless people often need clothing and other tangible goods, and Boston Share Network has addressed those needs over the years through its Tangible Goods Donation Program.  BSN accepts clothing only for adults since the shelters in its network only serve adult clients.  In addition, since neither BSN nor the shelters have storage space for out-of-season donations, it is important that tangible goods donations be season-appropriate when given.  For specific information on types of clothing needed, gender, sizes, and other tangible needs, click here and scroll down past the financial donations information.


Our Shelter Partners
  • Boston Rescue Mission
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans
  • Rosie's Place
  • St. Francis House
  • Starlight Ministries
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • Women's Lunch Place
  • Y2Y Harvard Square

Donate here using PayPal. Your donation will go toward the most urgent needs of the shelters in the Boston Share Network.




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