The Haven Project, a Lynn-based organization under the director of Gini Mazman, has been existence for less than a year, but it is already making a tremendous impact with its services for homeless young adults in the city of Lynn and surrounding areas.
The Haven Project’s panel discussion and movie at Cinema Salem was a well-organized event and the panel discussion, moderated well by life coach Carrie Stack, certainly brought a number of important issues to light.
Deb Bernard of the Lynn Public Schools, was particularly eloquent in her remarks to the gathering, noting that there are 163 “unaccompanied” students in the Lynn school system.
Bernard has worked closely with Mazman in making sure that these students have the guidance they need through issues such as housing, school, health, and jobs, and day-to-day matters.
Organization president Kurt Lange, pastor of the East Coast International Church in Lynn, where the Haven Project is headquartered, also merits commendation for his outstanding work on behalf of this non-profit organization.
The most inspiring moments came when program participants and student panelists Anna Bonifacio and Justin Reese each told the gathering how grateful they are to the Haven Project for getting them back on track in leading productive lives. Bonifacio has earned her GED while Reese graduated from Lynn Tech and is now advancing toward certification in his vocation.
We say, keep up the great work being done at the Haven Project.