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Operation Sock Drop - Virtual Opportunity

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ORGANIZATION: Friends of Boston's Homeless

Operation Sock Drop

Great Virtual Opportunity. Fresh, clean socks (and underwear!) are vital for people's health, warmth, comfort, and dignity and the least donated item to people in greatest need.

By participating in Operation Sock Drop you not only help keep our community's most vulnerable neighbors safe and healthy, but you will also help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time in their lives. The shelters we support give out over 8,000 pairs/year so we are always in great need!

You can organize a drive with your co-workers, classmates, colleagues or even with friends, family and neighbors. It's an easy and inexpensive way to make a big impact on the comfort, health, safety and dignity of our community's homeless.

To get started, just download this flyer and share with everyone you'd like to participate: http://fobh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Sock-Drop-Flyer-2021.pdf

You can drop off 24/7 at the Woods Mullen Women's Shelter, 794 Albany Street, right in the South End. You can also box them up and mail them, or place orders online, and have them sent to Attn: Dwayne Brown, Southampton Shelter, 112 Southampton Street, Boston, MA 02118.

PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF AT 12 WISE STREET.
Keep our community housing programs residents healthy, we continue working remotely and there is no place to leave packages if we aren't there. Thank you!

Friends of Boston's Homeless supports Boston's Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Long Island Shelter). These shelters serve over 700 of our vulnerable neighbors experiencing homelessness every day (about 70% of those served are men and 30% women). The shelters provide safe dignified care and basic emergency services including, a nutritious meal, hot shower, clean bed as well as clothing and toiletries to each and every person in need.

For more information on Friends of Boston's Homeless and Operation Sock Drop, please visit our website, www.fobh.org or contact Mariann Bucina Roca at (617) 942-8671/mariannbucina@fobh.org.

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About Friends of Boston's Homeless

Location:

12 Wise Street, Boston, MA 02130, US

Mission Statement

Friends of Boston's Homeless develops and funds innovative, solution-oriented programs to help homeless men, women, and their children move beyond shelter to lead independent lives. In addition, through advocacy and education, Friends seeks to increase the public's awareness and understanding of the homeless. Friends serves to bridge the gap between public sector funding and the current needs of the homeless by providing a vehicle for individuals, businesses, foundations and charitable organizations to be a part of the solution to homelessness. Programs include basic shelter (bed, shower, food), comprehensive supportive services (health and mental health care, case management, substance abuse treatment and counseling), job training and employment services, adult education and literacy, life skills development, and transitional and permanent affordable housing. Shelters associated are Long Island Shelter (located in Boston Harbor) and Woods Mullen Shelter in the South End.

Description

Helping the Homeless Move Beyond Shelter

One of the most effective solutions to homelessness is to help homeless individuals gain independence through education, employment, life skills development, and permanent housing. However, the solution is not as simple as building houses, schools and businesses. Nor is simply providing a bed, shower and a hot meal for the night sufficient for a permanent move beyond homelessness.

Many of the homeless have long histories in the Boston community: they have cycled for years between foster homes, shelters, marginal housing and low-income neighborhoods. Many have also experienced abusive family lives and relationships, and as a result often lack role models. Most have never in their lives known opportunity or stability. All have known repeated failure.

The homeless also often have inadequate education and lack the basic job skills, work experience, social supports and life and coping skills necessary to succeed independently. Lasting success for the homeless is difficult without first receiving assistance in addressing these issues.

Friends addresses these issues with each and every individual we serve, provding them the support and opprtunities to move beyond homelessness

CAUSE AREAS

Emergency & Safety
Health & Medicine
Homeless & Housing
Emergency & Safety, Health & Medicine, Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

At your work, school, club, or w/ friends & familyBoston, MA 02110

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • a few hours
  • This is a meaningful and impactful opportunity for people of all ages!

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