Fall Newsletter: Reaching Higher 
 

I hope you had an enjoyable summer. It's hard to believe that FamilyAid Boston's 15th annual Home for the Holidays celebration is right around the corner. 

I hope you will join me on November 16th at the Exchange Conference Center to celebrate our work to prevent and end family homelessness, and to honor our partners in these efforts. 

Together, we are helping parents and children regain stability and build a solid foundation for the future. Thank you for being a partner in our efforts to prevent and end family homelessness in our community.

Sincerely,


Richard E. Ring


Home for the Holidays will honor State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry , Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing, for her advocacy for affordable housing for families; and internationally recognized law firm WilmerHale  for its long-standing partnership and support of our work. Mayor Martin J. Walsh  is the honorary event chair.

HOMES: "The goal is sustainability"

Andrea, Case Manager in the HOMES supportive affordable housing program, describes her job as: "giving families the support they need to better themselves, become more independent, and improve the lives of their children." 

Andrea works with families living in FamilyAid Boston's supportive affordable housing units to help them build the life skills they will need to be independent. Andrea's motto is "This is real life." Her families know that she is always there to support them and celebrate their victories, no matter how small they may seem. Andrea cheers on the families who secure affordable childcare, keep up-to-date on their bills and rent, and put money into their savings accounts. She knows that these skills can mean the difference between a family returning to homelessness and remaining housed. 

Andrea believes that "everyone should have the opportunity to reach their highest potential." This can mean different things for each family. Some families are working toward goals like home ownership, while others might need ongoing support to handle challenges like chronic medical or mental health issues. Although each case is different, Andrea says: "The goal with every family is sustainability: making sure that families remain housed and do not fall back into homelessness."

Andrea knows the steep climb that families face as they work to overcome homelessness. Every day, she sees her clients striving for a better future. That, she says, makes her job worthwhile: "I will do anything I can to make a difference in someone's life. Sometimes people need that extra push and support to make a change for the better. That is what I'm here for." 

One of Andrea's greatest achievements while working with families at FamilyAid Boston was securing stable affordable housing for seven families in just one month: "This all happened around Mother's Day. To be able to say 'Happy Mother's Day, you have a home' was the best part of my year!"

Family Fun Fest

On September 9, FamilyAid Boston hosted our second annual Family Fun Fest! Our client families and staff spent the afternoon at a local park  enjoying food, games, music, and much more! Everyone who attended the event had a great time and went home with a full belly, smiling face, and free books donated by First Book!

We are deeply grateful to Jennifer Maguire Photography for taking free professional portraits of the families who attended the event. 
FamilyAid Boston Marathon Team: Running to end family hom elessness

We are excited to be a member of the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program again in 2018!

We are now accepting applications for the FamilyAid Boston Marathon Team! Every year, the funds raised by our Boston Marathon team provide homeless parents and children with shelter, housing, and the resources they need to return to housing and stability.

As a member of FamilyAid Boston's Marathon team, you will make a direct impact on families just like Kamini's:

"I can honestly say that FamilyAid Boston has played a major role in who I am today. As I go through life, I will always remember the lessons that FamilyAid Boston has taught and all the ways you all have changed my life." - Kamini



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