Domiciliary, Inc.

This site is running at Shawmut Education. It is designed and developed by the students of Shawmut Education in conjunction with our MASS (Mutually Assured Stakeholder Skill development) Program..

Homelessness has increased steadily for the last 20 years. Domiciliary Inc wants to do its share in the eradication of homelessness. The Domiciliary is a therapeutic, communal transitional housing initiative. We are dedicated to working with families that are denied shelter and Emeergency Assistance benefits through the Department of Transitional Assistance. Without this assistance, a family can not gain access to shelters in Massachusetts. We are also focused on working with chronically homeless individuals and couples who have difficulty getting into shelter, which makes getting permanent housing a near impossibility. This site will present our organization's cause or ideas to the world. As communicating isn't always easy, we'll try to include photos and images that convey our message (remember, a well-chosen picture is a great way to get a point across). We'll also include specific information about our organization and its members, so no one forgets the people behind the pictures.

On this home page, we'll introduce our cause or message. We'll also try to include a picture or two that represents the kind of work we do.

Mission Statement

To ensure people get the right idea, we'll include a brief statement here that describes our organization. We'll tell people what we want to accomplish and exactly how we plan to do it.

Rebecca Cooper who grew up in Delaware and Pennsylvania, where she began to develop her interest in space and design. Her early experience with temporary housing and emergency shelters, both as a volunteer and, at times, a resident, deepened her interest in how space communicates to residents and confirmed her desire to become a designer of compassionate and supportive spaces. Rebecca began her study of psychology and design at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, then transferred to Boston in 1994 to pursue a professional degree in architecture at the Boston Architecture Center. From 1994 to 1999, Rebecca worked for JA Architects, an award winning architecture firm dedicated to excellence in the public realm, where she had a chance to participate in the renovation and new construction of public schools and housing. Currently, she works for T. Chalmers Architects as a staff designer. Rebecca has never forgotten those concerns which led her to the field of architecture, and despite the demands of her education, she has found time to participate in the Boston Society of Architect's Task Force to End Homelessness and in Christmas in April, a volunteer program to help renovate housing stock for low-income or disabled homeowners. These interests culminate in her thesis project: a design for 30 units of transitional housing with an occupational therapy component in downtown Boston. Shawmut Education founder and Domiciliary Board Member David Pearson introduced Rebecca to Domiciliary, Inc. She is now working with this group to design transitional housing to be located in the Roxbury/Dorchester area.

Rebecca Cooper, Architect

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