Cambridge Family & Children's Service
 
Putnam Place residents at an outing to a game in TD Garden.

Putnam Place residents at an outing to a game in TD Garden.

Putnam Place

Putnam Place is a group home for youth 16 to 21 years of age. The focus of the program is to engage youth and their families in a supportive collaborative process and to provide life skills to our youth as they successfully transition to adulthood.

The program is located in Dorchester in a house with a remodeled basement that features a recreation room and lounge area. The house is on a residential street and conveniently located near the Croc Recreation Center, Bird Street Community Center, medical and dental providers, MBTA train and bus stations, and a shopping center with employment opportunities.

Putnam is staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors. A full time clinical case manager works on site daily to provide strength-based case management. A family-driven model encourages each youth and caring family members to work collaboratively with the Putnam treatment team to ensure a positive transition to a successful adulthood, while maintaining their life-long connections.

A Pathways life skills adviser works with each youth to develop a goal-based transition plan to a successful adulthood. Some reunite with their families and some move into their own apartments through our Independent Living Program. Our residents have the opportunities to do community service. A staff advocate is available for any youth interested in connecting with a positive adult influence. These relationships often continue beyond their time at Putnam. 

Residents at Putnam are provided with supports and expectations to grow emotionally, and fun experiences are a large part of the culture of the program. There are recreational opportunities to provide new experiences and enhance multicultural awareness. Annual activities have included trips to Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Museum of Science and Six Flags. Putnam collaborates with Teens Learning Choices, CFCS’s group home in Malden, for holiday events and field trips to increase the sense of community among residential clients.

 
 

 
 
TLC Residents on a rafting trip.

TLC Residents on a rafting trip.

Teens Learning Choices

Teens Learning Choices (TLC) is a group home for youth 16 to 21 years of age. As with Putnam Place, the focus of the program is to engage youth and their families in a supportive collaborative process as they successfully transition to adulthood.

The program is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Malden. It’s an ordinary house from the outside and a short walk to the MBTA station with easy access to employment, supportive people and services.

TLC is staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors. A full time clinician is on site daily to provide counseling and clinical case management. The family-driven, strengths-based model encourages each youth and their family to partner with the TLC team as they work to meet their goals.

A Pathways or life skills adviser works with each youth on a transition plan, some reuniting with family and some moving into their own apartment in our Independent Living Program. They volunteer in local soup kitchens, animal shelters and schools to increase community connections. A mentor is available for any youth interested in connecting with a positive adult influence and these relationships often continue beyond their time at TLC. Residents at TLC have supports and expectations to grow emotionally during their time, but it is not “all work and no play.” There are recreational opportunities to increase joy and practice safe risk-taking. Annual activities have included camping, white water rafting and trips to Martha’s Vineyard.