Since 1982, Father Bill's & MainSpring (FBMS) has been providing safe emergency shelter for men, women and children in our community. Our doors open wide for those in need.

For single adult men and women

We operate two emergency shelters for adult individuals, ages 18 and up --- Father Bill’s Place in Quincy and MainSpring House in Brockton. Guests receive triage case management, nutritious meals, health services with on-site clinics, bath and laundry facilities, and personal items.

For families

We shelter families at our two congregate shelters --- Evelyn House in Stoughton and Conway House in Middleboro and in apartments throughout the region.  Our congregate guests share kitchens, baths, laundry and common lounge areas, and have access to computers and indoor/outdoor play spaces. All guests receive triage case management and services for their children. Tutoring, classes and children’s activities are also offered.

Shelter provides a critical safety net but, it cannot take the place of a home.

In 2009, FBMS began an ambitious conversion of our shelter operations, increasing our capacity to move people to housing or care. Our emergency shelters are now Triage Centers, and are designed to put people on the path to self-sufficiency.

Triage Centers

Each shelter guest meets immediately with their Triage Worker when they first arrive at our shelters. Together, they create a personalized plan to achieve the shelter guest's goals. Along the way, he/she is supported by a team of housing, employment, veterans', children’s and healthcare specialists. By putting our staff and services at the “front door”, FBMS is jump-starting the housing search process, addressing the unique needs of each individual, and connecting people with the resources they need to rebuild their lives.



15% of the adults we sheltered each night were employed…but still homeless.

388 of the people we sheltered were children.

12% in our shelters for individuals were veterans.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate shelter, 

please click here for the directory. 


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    “Things have been tough at times, but the Triage Workers never gave up on me and this inspires me not to give up too.They have helped me find new opportunities that could change my life for the better." 

Shelter Guest



Addresses: Development Office
422 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-2255
Administrative Offices
430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-427-6448
Fax: 508-427-6943
Housing Information Hotline:
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