Boston-based nonprofit, HomeStart held its 7th Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, September 19, raising a record $548,000. HomeStart’s Gala celebrated the organization’s tremendous success by gathering elected and appointed officials, business leaders, members of the Boston community, HomeStart supporters, and the HomeStart team together for a night of reflection and recognition. The event recognized the nonprofit’s 21 years of providing permanent housing support services for the homeless population of the Greater Boston Area, and acknowledged a few key individuals who have helped support HomeStart and spread awareness along the way.
Last year alone, HomeStart saved 407 low-income families and individuals from eviction. Since its launch in 1994, HomeStart has found permanent homes for over 6,000 homeless people including veterans, single parents and victims of domestic violence. This year’s Gala, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, celebrated HomeStart’s growth, and highlighted the nonprofit’s clear vision and innovative plans to prevent and end homelessness in Boston permanently.
The 2015 Annual Fall Gala, hosted by Janet Wu, news reporter and anchor of WHDH-TV Ch. 7, and member of the HomeStart Advisory Board, recognized three influential HomeStart advocates. Joseph E. Corcoran, Founder and Chairman of Corcoran Jennison was honored with the Gold Key Award, Sushil K. Tuli, President and CEO of Leader Bank received the President’s Award, and William F. Boynton, Senior Vice President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management was presented with the Trent Hankins Award.
HomeStart is founded on the standards that every person deserves a place to live, and that having a home empowers individuals to make other positive life changes. Working with nearly every shelter in the Greater Boston Area, last year alone, HomeStart placed 658 families and individuals out of shelter or off the streets and into housing. And, as a result of their wraparound stabilization services, 95 percent of those clients have remained housed when tracked one year later and beyond.