StandUp for Kids - Worcester was founded in 2006. Volunteers started street outreach in 2008 and it became an official program in November of that year.

In September 2009, we opened our first outreach center at the Wesley United Methodist Church. This outreach center was closed in February 2011 and a Food Backpack Program was started at the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. Funding was obtained and volunteers worked with school counselors to provide food to fill backpacks for 15 students for three school seasons.

The Worcester Program opened our current outreach center in March 2014.

Current Programs:

  • Street Outreach twice weekly

  • Apartment Support for youths struggling to live independently

  • Outreach Center is open two times a week for 3 hours per session

  • Back Pack Program delivers weekly food for children every week of the school year to take home over the weekends.


  • The Worcester Program received Program of the Month in June 2009.

  • Thirty-seven youths visited and received services at the Outreach Center in 2016.

  • Fifteen to twenty youths made repeated weekly or monthly visits to the Center.

  • Street Outreach counselors contacted 674 youths in 2016; services provided to 111 youths that identified as homeless or at risk of being homeless.  

  • StandUp for Kids - Worcester paid fees for twenty state ID’s and documents.

  • Twenty-three volunteers contributed 1,134 hours of volunteer time in 2016