What is the Program?
Safe Homes is a program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) young people between the ages of 14 and 23. Led by youth and professional staff, as well as volunteer adult advisors, they offer support and resources in a safe and nurturing environment.
Young people at Safe Homes come from Worcester and surrounding towns. Some are still in high school or college, and some have jobs or attend work-training programs. Though they all come from different experiences and backgrounds, they are united in their support for one another.
Safe Homes is a program of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, a human service agency headquartered in Worcester. Safe Homes is one of forty one programs operated by The Bridge and is the only program in Central Massachusetts which provides specialized services to LGBTQ youth.
UMass Medical School and Safe Homes
UMass Medical School and Safe Homes have formed strong bonds over the past years. The Safe Homes People of Courage Awards were presented this past Spring. John Trobaugh of UMass Medical School was presented with the Volunteer Award for all his work with the program. UMass Medical School continues to support Safe Homes with many initiatives.