Virtual Opportunity. The cold weather will soon be here and our community's homeless women and men are especially at risk to the elements. You can help reduce the danger to those on the streets this winter through our Warm Hands Warm Hearts Winter Apparel Drive.
By participating in Warm Hands Warm Hearts you will not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable citizens warm and safe this winter, but you will also help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time of year.
To participate, all you need to do is donate at least one brand-new (or very gently used) winter hat, scarf, pair of gloves, mittens or pair of socks. It's a simple and inexpensive way to make a lasting impact for the homeless women and men in our community.
To get started, just download this flyer here and share with those you'd like to participate: https://fobh.org/how-you-can-help/
Friends of Boston's Homeless supports Boston's Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and the Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Long Island Shelter). These shelters serve over 700 of our community's homeless men and women 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 individual in need.
For more information on Friends of Boston's Homeless visit www.fobh.org or contact Mariann Bucina Roca at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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