What We Do

Just-A-Start is a community development corporation, dedicated to creating opportunity, strengthening community, and improving lives. A multi service agency, JAS focuses on affordable housing, workforce development, and educational programming to help people find gain the skills or get the help they need to secure a home, get a good job, and live a successful and productive life.

JAS YouthBuild

At JAS YouthBuild, we help young adults in Cambridge and Chelsea devel...

Read more

Biomedical Careers

Now in its 22nd year, the mission of the JAS Biomedical Careers Progra...

Read more

Housing Services

JAS Housing Services provides help across a wide continuum of services...

Read more

What We Do At JAS

Housing Services

JAS Housing Services provides help across a wide continuum of services, helping people find emergency shelter, to transitional housing, to affordable housing and even home ownership. These services include working with individuals to find stable housing, assisting families at risk of becoming homeless find a way to keep their home, training and technical/legal assistance for condo owners and associations, helping renters find ways to secure money to pay for rent, helping landlords and tenants resolve issues.

We provide assistance in managing home improvement projects, and help homeowners, condo associations, and landlords secure financing for housing improvements.

Through JAS House, and our JAS Next Step program, we help at-risk teen mothers and their children, providing them shelter while equipping them with the tools and life skills to successful transition into independent housing. Educational, vocational training, money management, and parenting skills are taught at the JAS House and the Next Step program provides support and advocacy to young parents once they regain an independent living  situation.

Education & Training

JAS offers a wide array of educational and training opportunities designed to help teens and adults find the right path to success.

For teens and young adults, the JAS Summer Program offers a paid work experience and academic enrichment program for Cambridge teenagers. The JAS TeenWork Program provides job readiness training and private employer job opportunities for Cambridge youth (16-21) designed to secure jobs in settings where youth traditionally do not have access.

Other programs are designed for unemployed or underemployed adults looking to improve their lives. The JAS Biomedical Careers Program offers qualified individuals extensive academic and hands on laboratory skills training needed to secure entry level positions in the biomed and biotech industries.

View Comprehensive Services Materials