VIB's Social Impact Center was established to prevent and reduce the impact of violence by addressing immediate and basic needs: housing, food, clothing, and public safety for the disenfranchised residents of the City of Boston.
-Reduction in recidivism
-Reduction in homelessness
-Reduction of BPS students & families experiencing food insecurity
-Improvement in mental health among residents
-Reduction of health disparities in communities of color
Located less than a mile away from Cleary Square, our newly renovated 4,000 square foot Impact Center will serve the inner city community in the following ways.
Safestay will be the central program of VIB. Residents, who lose housing, require temporary housing until they find a more permanent solution. Safestay will partner with hotel chains, such as Extended Stay, or with private housing clients. Safestay may also be provided to victims of violence to ensure their safety until they feel safe to return to their homes.
VIB has a food pantry whose hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday that will service those in communities of color experiencing food insecurity. They will need to schedule a time to come in and pick up food items. We will also provide PPE as we are able.
Greater Boston Food Bank has committed to providing 5,000 to 7,000 pounds of food per month.
Back Pack 68
Back Pack 68 was designed to address the poverty within the BPS system. We provide Non-Perishable items to those students who are impacted most by poverty with 68 hours worth of food because there is 68 hours from lunch time Friday - Monday morning when breakfast is served. To some these are the only meals that they are able to have so we fill in the gap which is the weekend. Back pack 68 will grow and continue to provide food to those who need it. By partnering with local supermarkets, catering companies, and utilizing VIB’s established Back Pack 68 network and processes. Furthermore, VIB plans to provide a weekend meal service for qualifying families.
Our population are young men ages 15-28 who are proven risk (court involved, felony, gun charges etc.) Transcend will provide.
Emergency Housing Relief- Utilizing SRO’s and providing case management. In the first 6 months aid in securing employment to be able to transcend into permanent 1 bedroom housing through our community partner.
Healthcare Equity- Onsite Clinician providing the ability to give physical exams,STI testing and Mental Health treatment and assessment. (Provided via Community Healthcare Partner)
Education, Training and Artistic Expression- VIB will provide training in HSET, Financial Literacy, Know your Rights, Apprenticeship, Resume Building, Civic Engagement and Social Justice. VIB has onsite studio and podcasting space to be utilized for artistic expression to aid in the healing. process.
VIB has and will continue to provide rental assistance, utility assistance to individuals facing homelessness. This service is done through a screening process. All recipients will be required to attend a financial literacy/money management workshop to prevent reoccurence. Areas of Assistance:
The healing space will be an open community resource for any individual to enter in and practice healing in their desired style.
Mental Health Services
VIB will become a one-stop-shop for comprehensive victim services. The plan is to provide any resident, who experiences any form of violence, the ability to walk in and obtain all required assistance from VIB staff.
With the help of Certified Engineers we will provide podcasting classes for our clients. Along with recording studio space for those individuals who use music as a theraputic release. All while teaching them the ins and outs of how the process is completed from start to finish.