19 Winter Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
PHONE (978) 975-4547
FAX (978) 975-2672
The primary program components of Daybreak Shelter are triage, engagement, substance abuse stabilization services, outreach and assessment, referral, educational services, and emergency shelter services. All program components are delivered with competencies in culture, language, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, and age.
Daybreak Shelter is open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. on a first come, first served basis, each day for men and women at least 18 years old. Admittance is not granted after 9pm unless escorted by law enforcement. Daybreak Shelter offers emergency shelter for individuals under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
Every guest has access to a hot dinner, warm shower, and safe sleeping accommodations.
Daybreak Shelter delivers triage services to assess the specific needs of the individual in crisis and direct that individual to the appropriate resources. All individuals are immediately assessed for whether they require emergency medical care, require medical attention related to contagious diseases, or if there are safety concerns. Staff will then work with the clients to determine the level of current engagement and care needed. Daybreak Shelter is committed to opioid overdose prevention and trauma-informed care. Staff approaches clients with respect and support to engage clients and identify their needs. Our trauma informed care is an approach to delivery of behavioral health services.
Our stabilization services include:
> Referrals to appropriate components of the continuum of substance abuse services including, but not limited to, SUD treatment services, emergency services, housing resources, and specific community based resources.
> Introduction to self-help programming to all clients
> Educational groups designed to educate individuals regarding substance abuse, motivation for substance abuse treatment, homelessness prevention, access to public services, and access to health insurance among other appropriate topics.
> Assisting with access to mainstream benefits, health insurance, medical care.
> Allocating shelter beds that allow for 24 hour access to individuals who wish to remain substance-free and who are requesting a referral for continuing substance abuse treatment.
Please feel welcome to direct individuals without shelter to Daybreak Shelter, 19 Winter Street, Lawrence.
If you want to donate to a guest’s care, a referral to Daybreak Shelter is a very good option.
Other options include donations to Daybreak Shelter for the 50 guests helped each night.
Andrew McMahon – Program Director, Daybreak Shelter
Andrew has been the director of the Daybreak Shelter since 1999. He is a life-long resident of the Merrimack Valley, and attended both Suffolk University and Merrimack College.
During his tenure with The Psychological Center, Daybreak has evolved from simply providing a place to sleep into a resource for individuals seeking to rebuild their lives.