100 Years of Shelter, Housing and Hope
FamilyAid Boston
Spring Newsletter
A Letter from our President: 

Dear Friend:

I am pleased to announce our upcoming 100th Anniversary event: 100 Years of Shelter, Housing, and Hope, to be held November 17, 2016 at the Exchange Conference Center in Boston. This event will celebrate FamilyAid Boston's century of dedication to helping homeless families return to housing and stability.

100 Years of Shelter, Housing, and Hope will honor United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley President Michael Durkin for his support of critical programs for homeless and low-income families and columnist Adrian Walker of the Boston Globe for giving a voice to struggling families in our community.

As the number of homeless families in Boston has grown, increasing 25% over just a one year period, demand for our programs and services has skyrocketed. During our 100th anniversary year, FamilyAid Boston is working to raise $1 million to expand our affordable housing program and build a Family Stability Fund to help families overcome the barriers keeping them from permanent housing.

I invite you to join us in pursuing this goal. There are many ways you can make a difference in the lives of homeless parents and children: donate to our efforts, keep informed about the issues faced by homeless families, or about family homelessness and FamilyAid Boston's efforts to end it.

Thank you for being a partner in our efforts to end family homelessness in our community.

Sincerely,
 
Richard E. Ring
President

FamilyAid Boston's 2016 Marathon Team!

Members of FamilyAid Boston's Marathon Team before the race: Thuy Dang, Ryan Grady, Adriana Davila, Lizzie Owen, Zarina Temme, and Stephen Trumble

This year's FamilyAid Boston Marathon Team was our largest, most enthusiastic, and most successful team yet! 

We would like to thank all of our team members for their dedication and sacrifice on behalf of homeless parents and children. Our runners are an inspiration to all of us here at FamilyAid Boston!

Thanks to their hard work and the generous support of their friends and family, our fourteen runners surpassed their fundraising goal, raising more than $134,000 and still counting! These funds will provide homeless parents and children with shelter, housing, and hope!

It's not too late to support our Boston Marathon team! Visit their CrowdRise page to make a donation today!

FamilyAid Boston's Staff Cheers on our Marathon Team at Mile 18 - pictured: Lizzie Owen, Bruce Liddell, and Shannon Arnold

Tech Goes Home Helps Parents Build 21st Century Skills

FamilyAid Boston Case Manager Christian Brandt trains students at a Tech Goes Home class 

 
Student Ida C. 
FamilyAid Boston offers a range of workshops and pro grams to help homeless parents and children build the skills the y need to become stable and live independently. Through a partnership with Tech Goes Home, we offer an eight week class des igned to provide parents with important computer skills. The part nership began 3 years ago and continues to be a favorite among clients and case managers.

FamilyAid Boston case manager Christian Brandt, who teaches the Tech Goes Home class, says that the program teaches parents to use technology in ways that can really make a difference in their lives: "Students are learning valuable skills: how to search for jobs, apartments, and pay their bills on line." One of the most valuable aspects of the program is the computer that participants can purchase for $50 at the end of the course. 
Students Ida C., Luisa P. & William D.


With most jobs and rental applications now online, a l ack of computer skills and access can mean important misse d opportunities. Christian says, "Clients have told m e they won't apply for jobs that require an online application, which most companies now require. Teaching  our clients basic computer knowledge, how to upload their resumes, and how to access their banking information makes their already busy lives so much easier."

Tech Goes Home covers a wide range of topics important to homeless parents including online bill payment, job searches and resume building, free online educational resources for adults and children, and how to use applications like Google Drive to improve workplace skills. The course also places an emphasis on internet security.

Christian says that this session's students are enthusiastic and have many questions: "One of our clients wants to create a slide show set to music of her kids' pictures!" 


   
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Join FamilyAid Boston and Down the Road Beer Co. on Friday, May 20th from 6-8pm at Impact Hub Boston for a fun and delicious evening of craft beer and pizza to benefit homeless parents and children in Boston! 
Mark McCurdy of Craft Brew England along with Donovan Bailey,  Founder & Brewer from Down the Road Beer Co., will lead us through a tasting and talk about all things craft beer.

 
 
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