FamilyAid Boston | Fall Newsletter 2015
Home for the Holidays is around the corner!

In its 13th year, Home for the Holidays is our annual fundraiser  benefiting FamilyAid Boston's 24/7 emergency shelter program for homeless families. This year's reception will be hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and will honor Representative Kevin G. Honan. 

We hope you'll join us for an evening of  hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and live music to celebrate the season and help homeless families in Boston.

Event Details:
December 10, 2015
5:00-7:30 p.m.
The Parkman House
33 Beacon St., Boston

Homelessness: A Student's Perspective 

Homeless: having no home or permanent place of residence. For what seemed like an eternity, I saw myself homeless, sleeping in the living room of my mother's friend's apartment with
Carlos Romero is a sophomore in college and member of our Community Advisory Board. He is studying to be an
aerospace engineer.
cockroaches and mice crawling around. After that I went to live in my godbrothers' living room,  thankfully free of pests. While living with them, I started school, wearing a light windbreaker from Florida in 30 degree weather. I was devastated for various reasons: my mother was crying every night because she could not find a job, I had no stable place to live, and there was barely any money to eat. In mid-October, 2012, FamilyAid Boston took my family under their wing until we finally received government hosing in April 2014.

Many people have the impression that being homeless means you have no hope of being successful, since one of the keys to life is having shelter.  However, I am studying at an Ivy League institution with a full scholarship due to my efforts at school.  My story, surprisingly, is not unique.  
New School Year, Same Challen ges
With a new school year comes the stress of coordinating schedules, shopping for supplies,and securing transportation. For families struggling with homelessness, this
 time of year is particularly trying, as the added planning and costs involved  add weight to the already heavy burden they carry daily in their fight for secure and stable housing. 

We've compiled a list of the top challenges homeless students face as they head back to school:

1. School Supplies: Pencils, backpacks, notebooks, highlighters, pens...this list goes on. In some cases, students may even face punishment for lacking school supplies. However, as we know, for a family unable
to afford stable housing, the smallest of costs can seem impossible to cover. 

2. Clothin
g/Uniforms: Schools across the city set strict restrictions on what students are allowed to wear, including specific colors and even clothing embellished with a school's logo. With or without uniform requirements, clothing growing children can be an overwhelming task.

3. Transportation: Students who can't walk or drive to school must rely instead on public transportation. As many of us know, MBTA buses and trains are not always reliable. Late or absent buses lead to tardiness and missed classes, reflecting poorly on a student who has no control over the situation.

4. Attendance:  Parents with inflexible work schedules and unreliable transportation often lead to higher absence rates. Our social workers often find the children that they work with miss valuable lesson time as a result of their instability at home. 

5. Embarrassment: Many students choose to hide their homelessness for fear of judgement from classmates. The psychological impact of this stress can impact performance in school.

Can you help us provide homeless children with the stability they need to succeed in school?
We're Back!

We are excited to share with you our new and improved e-newsletter, in which you can expect to find agency news and updates, client success stories, upcoming events, and much more.

Now more than ever, as homelessness rates in Boston climb to incredible heights, we are grateful to have the support of individuals like you committed to providing families with safe shelter and critical support services designed to return them to stable housing as quickly as possible.

Thank you,

Richard E. Ring

In case you missed it...
Check out Rich on Boston Neighborhood Network discussing the plight of  homeless families in Boston. 

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