Homes For Families, Boston, MA
Marvin organized a community-based participatory research project to examine the family shelter system in Massachusetts. He spent the summer working with the homeless social change organization Homes For Families by training formerly and currently homeless women in data collection, survey design, and social-behavioral research methods. He lead a team composed of Homes for Families Consumer Advisory Board members, staff, interns, and research team members to assess current program structures and gaps in needs and services, and practice modalities in family shelters throughout the state using a mixed-methods approach. The goal of this project was to develop policy recommendations for re-designing this system using a triage-based assessment model interlinked with data from local and federal databases, as well as key findings from surveys/interviews conducted for and by members of the homeless family community. Furthermore, the training and participatory research process constituted meaningful professional and personal development for the women involved.