Family Mobility

contact person: Melody Valdes at (617) 375-8144

What is Family Mobility?

Coaching is a supportive partnership that empowers participants with the tools to find solutions and move their families forward. Participants work with a coach to create an individual employment plan; identify and pursue career goals; develop better self-awareness and resiliency; access resources; and find strategies to increase financial stability. Our coaches help participants set goals, identify concrete steps toward meeting those goals through an action plan, and provide bi-weekly check-ins on progress and to help keep them accountable. We focus on building success in five areas: career, finances, family, education/training, and community connections.

Coaches also provide a wealth of knowledge about resources, including referrals to – and support in obtaining – additional services around health and basic needs, further education and vocational training opportunities, and specialized services to meet needs beyond our expertise.

Coaching participants also receive income maximization services. We provide income supports screening to all participants upon entry into our program and, once potential sources of support are identified, we offer assistance in connecting to public and private benefits. This includes transportation, in-house childcare, housing, SNAP and other public benefits, as well as referrals to external support services as needed.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Marielle Sheck at msheck@uses org or 617-375-8127.

Parent Building Blocks

These are opportunities for parents to expand their resources and skills through both long-term interactive classes and one-time educational workshops.

Examples of Programming

The Power of Parenting – a 12-week program geared towards empowering parents with knowledge, skills and the social capital to support their parenting.

Cooking Matters – a 6-week workshop to increase participants’ knowledge around nutrition, and how to shop and cook healthy meals on a limited budget.

Planned Parenthood (one-time workshop) – the purpose of this workshop was to give parents/caregivers skills, information and resources to help them engage in conversations about sexuality, sexual health and physical development with their kids.


Family Engagement Series

These are family-oriented events that allow parents and children to engage in collaborative, meaningful activities with other families in our community.  Some of the events we have hosted this year are STEAM Night, Movie Night, International Night, and Family Game Night. Events usually occur on a monthly basis. For more information, please refer to our monthly calendar.

For more information on Family Mobility, contact Melody Valdes, Family Mobility Manager, at or 617-375-8144.

The mission of United South End Settlements is to harness the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families.