Beyond Shelter News                                        January 2014
Welcome to Friends of Boston's Homeless first e-newsletter. If you're receiving this, it's because you support us in some important way. We're thankful for your support, and with this newsletter hope to keep you updated on the vital work you make possible. Thank you! 

 - Mariann Bucina Roca, Executive Director 

Shelter from the Storm

As another polar vortex hits Boston with arctic temperatures and blowing snow, we all must brace ourselves for the harsh weather sweeping in. At the same time, Boston's Woods Mullen Shelter in the South End prepares for a high number of people who seek refuge during a time when it becomes increasingly critical to get people off the street and out of the cold. 


Woods Mullen Shelter provides vital emergency services to some our City's most vulnerable: a warm bed, a nutritious meal, a hot shower, clean dry clothes, and compassionate care, for more than 300 people seeking shelter from the elements. In weather like this, this support is life saving.


But no matter what the weather, a caring staff works 365 days/year to provide for these basic human needs. Case managers, mental health clinicians, and housing workers are also on hand to connect guests with health care providers, secure benefits and housing, and enroll people in educational and job training opportunities to help them make a permanent move beyond shelter.


Friends of Boston's Homeless is proud to support Woods Mullen Shelter and the hard-working, compassionate staff who often work round the clock in especially bad weather to help keep some of our community's most vulnerable citizens safe. Woods Mullen never turns anyone away; a policy that is especially important during these frigid winter months.


There are many ways you can help some of our most vulnerable neighbors this winter. Run a drive for critically needed items. Serve a meal. Or, please consider making a donation. A couple of clicks and a gift of any amount helps ensure these needs are met. Thank you!
Community Partnerships
With the help of valuable supporters and volunteers, Woods Mullen Shelter is able to meet the needs of hundreds of homeless individuals every day.
"Crazy Sock Day."

The kids at Saint Agatha School, Milton had a Crazy Sock Day on a Monday in December and by Friday they'd collected over 600 pairs of new socks to help keep people warm and dry this winter. And this month, they're running a toiletry drive! Amazing kids making a big difference!


Not only does Woods Mullen receive gracious donations, the shelter is also fortunate to have volunteers serve meals to guests almost every day of the year. Volunteers from Silicon Valley Bank have been sponsoring and serving meals at Woods Mullen Shelter every month for over 14 years and find the experience just as rewarding as when they first began. 

One dedicated volunteer, Pamela Aldsworth, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank, shares her thoughts on the significance of serving. 
"When we first started volunteering at Woods Mullen, I thought I was helping others. Every time I leave the shelter, I feel like the guests have given me so much more. Through the 14 years, it is amazing to see the good. One gentlemen we first met as a guest, then worked at the shelter, and now is out on his own." 

How You Can Help
Operation Sock Drop

Clean, dry socks are vital to helping keep people safe and warm during 
the coldest of months. Organizing a sock drive at your work, school, or place of worship is an easy way to make a difference. Download the flyer to get started.
Community Meals Program
  Serving a hot nutritious         meal at Woods Mullen or       Boston's Long Island             Shelter is a great group         opportunity and means a lot   to shelter guests. For just a few dollars a guest, your group can also choose a special meal to sponsor and help support the shelter's kitchen too (they serve 2,000 meals every day). It's a great way to give back and connect with the homeless population of Boston. More Info 
Beyond Shelter 2012
Join us for the 27th Annual Beyond Shelter Gala, April 10, 2014 from 7-10pm at House of Blues Boston. 
New Blog Post
Check out  "Finding the Invisible: Boston Counts Its Most Vulnerable Population" by Ally Gittens, our New Sector Alliance/
AmeriCorps Member who participated in Boston's 34th Annual Homeless Census on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Articles of Interest
Table of Friends Lunch
Table of Friends
TD Garden served a delicious Thanksgiving dinner to over 700 homeless and low-income individuals from around Boston at the 18th Annual Table of Friends EventMayor Menino and Bruins and Celtics legends like Cam Neely, Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney and Don Sweeney helped serve!
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