Virtual Opportunity. Now more than ever, 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. And
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 virtually with your co-workers, classmates, colleagues or even with friends, family and neighbors, and it's very easy to run. Some people are even running one on their Facebook pages!
To get started, just download this flyer and share with everyone you'd like to participate: http://ow.ly/LPeJ305pLkJ
To participate all you and your co-workers, school mates, colleagues or friends need do is just go to your favorite online store (Target, Walmart, Old Navy, even CVS and Walgreen's) and purchase some new pairs of men's or women's socks, pair of underwear or undershirt (men's XL and 2XL are always needed) and have them shipped to Corey Grier, Southampton Shelter, 112 Southampton Street, Boston, MA 02118. It's an easy and inexpensive way to make a big impact on the comfort, health, safety and dignity of our community's homeless.
You can drop off anytime at the 112 Southampton Street Shelter right in the South End. The entrance is on Atkinson Street on the left hand side. You can also box them up and mail them, or place orders online, and have them sent to Attn: Corey Grier, Southampton Shelter, 112 Southampton Street, Boston, MA 02118.
Friends of Boston's Homeless helps the Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and the 112 Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Long Island Shelter) in the South End. These shelters serve over 800 homeless individuals every day. The shelters provide safe, dignified care and basic emergency services including a nutritious meal, hot shower, a warm bed, clothing and toiletries to each and every individual 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) email@example.com.
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.
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
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