Winter Newsletter: Looking Back with Gratitude
Dear Friend:

As FamilyAid Boston's 100th anniversary year draws to a close, I want to express my deep gratitude to you for joining me in an unprecedented campaign to raise $1million to help homeless families. I am proud to let you know that, thanks to your support, we are very close to reaching this goal. Together with hundreds of other community members, you gave your time and your donations and showed that our community is committed to ending family homelessness.

Together, we have made great strides in our work to create solutions for Boston's homeless parents and children. We have created more affordable housing in our city and established a Family Stability Fund to prevent homelessness and to help families in shelter return to safe and stable housing.

We know that working together we can have a meaningful impact. As Carlos, whose family regained housing and stability with the help of our programs, says: "Without FamilyAid Boston, I would not be where I am today."

To echo Carlos, we could never have come this far without you. Thank you, once again, for joining me in this campaign to provide shelter, housing, and hope to homeless parents and children. I wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a joyful New Year.

Sincerely,
Richard E. Ring
President
Regaining Stability and Hope

Cristina is a single mother of two. She was forced to leave her apartment when she could no longer afford the rising rent. The family had to move to a motel. Cristina recalls the difficult 6 months that she lived in a single motel room with her children: "There was no kitchen and I had to feed my sons meals from the microwave. I was far away from my family and I found it hard to remain hopeful that things would get better for my family." Cristina's asthma began to flare up due to the condition of the motel. Cristina was so worried about her family's future that she was unable to sleep or eat. She began to suffer from depression and found that she could not recognize herself.  
 
It was around this time that Cristina received a letter from her doctor stating that is was hazardous for the health of her and her children to remain in the motel. The family was placed into FamilyAid Boston's Community Based Shelter Program.
 
Cristina and her family had safe, supportive shelter and finally had the supportive social services she needed to begin rebuilding her life. Her social worker found her a therapist who gave her the support and encouragement she needed to have hope again. Cristina worked with FamilyAid Boston's employment services to gain a well-paying job as a CNA at a local hospital.  

After much hard work, Cristina and her family were able to move into their very own apartment. Her case worker, Barbara, recalls the tremendous strides that Cristina has made, "She is like a butterfly. Seeing all the changes she has been able to make in such a short time is a true inspiration, and now that she has stability she can truly fly." Cristina's sons just started school in their new neighborhood, and Cristina is excited for this new chapter in her family's life. She hopes that her children will continue to grow as much as she has and know that "They can do anything!"

Celebrating 100 Years of Shelter, Housing, and Hope! 

FamilyAid Boston's   100th Anniversary Event: 100 Years of Shelter, Housing, and Hope  was a great success, with over 200 people gathering at the Exchange Conference Center in Boston to celebrate this tremendous milestone. 
NECN Political Reporter Alison King emceed the evening. Adrian Walker of The Boston Globe
and President and CEO of the United  Way of Massachusetts Bay Michael Durkin were each honored for giving voice to and support for Boston's homeless parents and children. The family of Sharon Gallagher was recognized with the naming of the recently established Family Stability Program in her memory.  

The gathered guests got a deeply personal glimpse into the impact of FamilyAid Boston's
work through a video featuring the triumphant  story of the Romero family. 

Click Here   to watch the Romeros' journey from  homelessness to stability.

We would like to thank our event sponsors and honorary committee for making the event possible. Click here to see a full list of event sponsors and the honorary committee.
 

Bringing Joy During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult time for homeless families. Parents struggle to afford even the smallest items to make the holiday season a joyful time for their children.

We are grateful that we have so many donors and partners that have sponsored toy drives, provided tickets to sporting and holiday events throughout the city, and collected gift card donations for our families. 

Thanks to REFA BostonHarpoon BreweryBernard Lee of The Full House Charity Program WilmerHale Building Impact , and  The Boston Bruins Foundation  for bringing joy to families during this holiday
season! 





FamilyAid Boston's 2017 Boston Marathon Team

The 2017 Boston Marathon is just over four months away, and FamilyAid Boston has built an amazing team of experienced runners dedicated to helping the city's homeless parents and children.

Click here to meet our team and make a contribution to help us reach our fundraising goal!

2016 Annual Report 

Our 2016 Annual Report is now available. Click here to learn about our accomplishments over the last year! Read stories of hope that show how big of an impact your support makes to homeless families in Boston!

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