A Faith That Does Justice Holds Community Meeting on Ending Homelessness


Rosanne Haggerty, Fr. Peter Gyves, Becca Fritz, and Fr. J. Bryan Hehir at AFTDJ’s Community Meeting on Ending Homelessness

What are the three actions that communities can take to end homelessness?  A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) sought an answer to this question at its second Boston Community Meeting on December 19th. According to Rosanne Haggerty, president and CEO of Community Solutions in New York City, communities must know homeless individuals by name and know their specific circumstances. Successful communities adopt a “command center” approach to solving homelessness as they do for coping with natural disasters. Finally, communities need data in real time in order to learn what actions are effective and those that are not.  Haggerty, formerly a McArthur Foundation fellow, was interviewed by Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, the Secretary of Social Services of the Archdiocese of Boston.

AFTDJ is an ecumenical nonprofit working to move people to action in confronting injustices in the United States. Its goal is to create solidarity among people who very often have little contact in contemporary society – those with wealth, education, and privilege and those who are living in poverty and in threatened communities.  Its Community Meetings help educate participants in the challenges facing vulnerable populations and the ways to improve those circumstances.

An estimated 200 attendees – including representatives from Boston Health Care for the Homeless, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, the City of Boston, and several faith traditions – were at the Community Meeting that was held in Boston at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Ms. Haggerty recounted her journey from being a developer of supportive housing to becoming a community leader using a systems based approach to ending homelessness.  She believes that communities can solve the problem of homelessness if they do so holistically.  This means breaking down the siloes among the multiple public and private agencies providing programs for the homeless and engaging all members of the community as part of the process.

The meeting also featured a first-person testimonial from Becca, who first became homeless at the age of 15 after her mother became gravely ill and her father took his own life while in the grips of addiction.  Becca described being left to her own devices to find shelter, even though she was a minor. She described her ordeal as a “failure of the system.”  Eventually, after being hospitalized for an eating disorder, she received support from Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston.  She is now housed, working and attending school.

AFTDJ was formed in San Diego, where Fr. Peter Gyves, SJ MD, brought together English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities to share experiences and concerns about the direction the country was taking.  Fr. Peter moved the program to Boston last year and expanded its mission. In addition to holding workshops, which bring vulnerable populations and long-time Boston residents together, AFTDJ hosts Community Meetings on topics that impact vulnerable populations, such as immigration and homelessness.  AFTDJ will hold its next Community Meeting in March 2018.  If you are interested in learning more about its work, visit their Website, Like them at Facebook or Follow them on Twitter.

December 21st Marks National Homeless Memorial Day

St. Francis House

Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
And when you’re broken on the ground
You will be found…

This past summer I saw Dear Evan Hansen, a beautiful, tragic, yet ultimately redemptive musical about the ripple effects of a young man’s death. The show’s music is gorgeous, particularly a song called “You Will be Found” about the despair of feeling invisible and that universal desire to be seen, heard and known. That last stanza could be the theme song for St. Francis House.

On this National Homeless Memorial Day, as we acknowledge all who passed away while homeless, we have a moral obligation to ensure our fellow community members are finally found.

There are a million reasons people get lost — childhood trauma, addiction, mental illness, poverty. But the big difference between many of us and our guests is that we’ve had a safety net when things have fallen apart — and they have not. We must be their safety net.

Last year we served 6,800 unique individuals – 2,100 for the very first time. The amazing thing about St. Francis House is that even though we serve 500 people a day, when a guest walks in the front door they immediately feel welcome. They know they will find what they need to comfort the pain of being homeless and to move beyond.

As significant as our current work is, it is not enough.

With your help St. Francis House is making life saving investments in our community. In addition to all we do at 39 Boylston Street, the redevelopment of 48 Boylston Street will create 46 units of affordable housing, a social enterprise to enhance our Workforce Development program and with the relocation of our administrative offices, we’ll open up much needed space for a Recovery Center at 39 Boylston Street.

On this day, as we acknowledge all the lives lost, we must also recognize the impact you, and our community as a whole, are creating for so many individuals presently experiencing homelessness as they rebuild their lives and find their own pathways to stability and housing. By making sure no one is ever forgotten, our fellow community members are finally found.

-Karen LaFrazia
President & CEO, St. Francis House


Rosanne Haggerty to Highlight What Successful Communities Do Differently to End Homelessness at A Faith That Does Justice Meeting

Rosanne Haggerty pic

Ms. Rosanne Haggerty

Successful communities are effectively ending homelessness by changing the way they work. Learning from the fields of public health and engineering, they are using detailed data, quality improvement techniques and approaches to teamwork and accountability to create community housing systems, said Ms. Rosanne Haggerty, president and CEO of Community Solutions. based in New York City.  Haggerty will join Fr. Bryan Hehir on December 19th for at a Community Meeting sponsored by A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) called “Ending Homelessness: What Successful Communities Do Differently.”  Those interested in attending this meeting at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul on Tremont Street in Boston can do so by registering at the organization’s website.


“You have to know people by name in dealing with homelessness, you can’t solve this kind of problem at an abstract level,” said Haggerty.  “We see that once communities know specifically the people experiencing homelessness, and what it will take to end each person’s homelessness, they find they have a lot more resources than they realize.”

Haggerty observes that the communities who are successfully reducing and ending homelessness  have reorganized the way they approach homelessness, breaking down siloes among different government and not for profit agencies, which allows agencies to work more quickly – and with more accountability – in meeting the population’s needs.  Many have taken what she describes as a “command center” approach, similar to the strategies used when responding to natural disasters to coordinate information and resources across organizations rapidly.  Community Solutions’ methods are achieving results – of the 70 communities they are working with, 10 have ended chronic or veteran homelessness.  22 are reducing homelessness in their area month after month.

With regard to the current housing crisis, Haggerty says that faith communities are important to Community Solutions’ efforts because in many places, they are integral to outreach to marginalized populations and to providing an ongoing network of support.  Haggerty’s story is an example of how contact between marginalized communities and those with the means and willingness to help can lead to change, which is at the core of AFTDJ’s ecumenical mission of encounter and solidarity.

AFTDJ is working to move people to action in confronting injustices in the United States. The goal is to create solidarity among people who very often have little contact in contemporary society – those with wealth, education, and privilege and those who are living in poverty and in threatened vulnerable communities.  This Community Meeting will help educate participants in the challenges facing the homeless population and ways they can work to improve it.

AFTDJ was initially formed as a program in San Diego, where Fr. Peter Gyves brought together English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities to share experiences and concerns about the direction the country was going in.  The program moved to Boston last year and its mission has expanded. In addition to holding similar workshops, which brings together vulnerable populations and long-time Boston residents together, the organization is hosting a series of Community Meetings around topics that impact vulnerable populations, such as housing and homelessness.


Rev. J. Bryan Hehir

At the December 19th AFTDJ Community Meeting, Haggerty will be interviewed by Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary for Social Services for the Archdiocese of Boston.  Fr. Hehir is Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School and previously served as President of Catholic Charities USA.  He was also on the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and at Harvard Divinity School.  The evening’s discussion will include remarks from AFTDJ founder and director, Peter W. Gyves SJ, MD, as well as insights from an individual who has experienced homelessness.  Guests are welcome to register at AFTDJ’s website.

Marking National Homeless Memorial Day: A Message from Karen LaFrazia

Karen LaFrazia
President & CEO
St. Francis House

Tonight, as we eagerly mark the winter solstice as the turning point to longer days filled with sunshine, many in our community will be grappling with the longest night of the year. On this December 21, we mark National Homeless Memorial Day in recognition of all who passed away while homeless.

The invisibility and isolation that come with experiencing homelessness are exacerbated by the darkness of night, which so many suffer through.

For so many individuals experiencing homelessness, homelessness itself can be a death knell – uncertainty when your next meal will be, brutal weather conditions, and higher risk of assault. These factors all combine to exacerbate one’s health and lifespan, decreasing a chronically homeless individual’s life expectancy from the average U.S. life expectancy of 80 to their 60s.

Fortunately, St. Francis House is here as the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – but we are more than shelter. When dawn breaks, we are a welcoming place of refuge for those who need it, as well as a provider of supportive services to help our guests find their way out of homelessness.

For more than 30 years we have intervened in the lives of thousands of men and women who suffer and created a legacy within the city of compassion and social justice. When you think about it, this concept of legacy, it is a powerful life tool and a catalyst for social change.

Every faith tradition tells us what our legacy should be. Matthew 25 instructs:  “For I was hungry and you gave me food…” Judaism’s concept of tikkun olam calls on us to repair the world and zakat, or charity, is the Third Pillar of Islam.

Each day at St. Francis House we bear witness to the creation of legacies that scar and legacies that uplift. While we bear witness, it is our guests who bear the burden of a world that at times can be indifferent to their suffering or worse, blame them for their plight.

So, what of the legacy of St. Francis House? Our mission calls upon us to be a place of refuge and to create pathways to stability. And we are doing this, 365 days a year. You only need to stand in our lobby at the break of dawn to see the need. Some arrive carrying the blanket they slept under the night before, others come looking for a coat or a pair of shoes, all are hungry and are seeking a permanent place to call home.

Injustices such as these make me sad and angry but that only fuels my conviction to provide our guests relief from their suffering and create solutions that bring opportunities. And I thank God that I am not alone.

Our staff are men and women who know that the greatest poverty in the world today is experienced by those who feel unloved, unwanted and uncared for. Every day of the year, in contrast to the injustices of the world, we create a place that welcomes everyone, regardless of the circumstances that brought them to our door. In this way, we provide hope and the transformative power of what is possible when one is intentional and deliberate.

On this day, as we acknowledge all the lost lives we also need to recognize the importance of our own legacies and think deeply in the coming year about what our own will be. I challenge you to consider what steps you will make to support those who struggle in homelessness and poverty.  I invite you to join with St. Francis House and fellow organizations who are working together to see the dawn of a new day, a day when homelessness is ended and we live in a world where everyone has a place to call home.

Karen LaFrazia
President & CEO
St. Francis House

5 Giving Tuesday Campaigns

O’Neill and Associates is proud to partner with many local and national nonprofits and, in honor of this year’s #GivingTuesday, which takes place on November 29th, we are highlighting some of these organizations’ campaigns. #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, in an effort to remind consumers what the holidays are really about: lending a helping hand and giving back to our neighbors in need. Follow this guide to learn more about Massachusetts organizations participating in #GivingTuesday and how you can contribute to their campaigns.

1. Community Action, Inc.

Community Action, Inc. (CAI) strives to serve their local communities, whether through affordable childcare for working moms and dads, adult education classes, or making sure the families they serve have basics such as food and clothing for homeless families.

This Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016 marks the kickoff of CAI’s 2016 Stronger Families for a Stronger Community Annual Appeal Campaign. Your support allows CAI to continue to make our community stronger. Please consider a contribution to CAI this Giving Tuesday that will be used to support programming in 2017.

2. Community Teamwork

As a Community Action agency, a Regional Housing Agency, and a Community Development Corporation, Community Teamwork helps nearly 50,000 individuals from 63 cities and towns in northeastern Massachusetts gain greater economic independence. They are a catalyst for social change and seek to strengthen communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services and collaborating with key stakeholders to create housing, education and economic opportunities.

You can support Community Teamwork on Giving Tuesday by donating online, submitting checks directly, texting or in-kind donations.

Community Teamwork
155 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852


Number: 41444

In-Kind Donations:
Clothes for Interviews
+ More

3. Cristo Rey Boston High School

Cristo Rey Boston High School (CRB) is part of the Cristo Rey Network (CRN), a network of 32 high schools across the nation. CRB and the other CRN schools provide a private, Catholic, college-prep education by offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community. CRB is located in Dorchester, MA with over 300 students from all over Greater Boston.

This year’s #GivingTuesday campaign message is, “Don’t stand still, make a difference by donating to CRB,” which they are highlighting through a Mannequin Challenge executed by current students. Watch the CRB Mannequin Challenge here. CRB receives 40% of its operational funding from donations, visit http://www.cristoreyboston.org/apps/pages/donate to donate on #GivingTuesday. Invest in Education That Works.

4. Father Bill’s & MainSpring

For almost three decades, Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) has been a leading provider of emergency shelter, housing and supportive services in the South Shore area of Massachusetts. FBMS seeks to not just manage but to end homelessness by helping people struggling with homelessness or at-risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency.

FBMS has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Giving Tuesday this year. People interested in contributing to FBMS can do so here or by setting up their own crowdfunding page for their friends and family to donate. Here is a helpful breakdown of how contributions help FBMS towards their mission:


5. Friends of the Homeless, Inc.

Established over 25 years ago, Friends of the Homeless, Inc. (FOH) is the largest emergency shelter for adult individuals in Western Massachusetts. FOH provides services aimed at ending homelessness including a resources center and 110 low-income housing units.

FOH will be participating in #GivingTuesday by running a #FriendsMatter campaign. People who support Friends of the Homeless on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to post a picture with a friend that matters to help build awareness and spread the word.


St. Francis House and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs Announce State Funding for 46 Units of Affordable Housing

Development will convert the historic
Boston Young Men’s Christian Union into housing

sfh-logoSt. Francis House (SFH) and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston (POUA) are excited to announce the award of funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to create 46 units of affordable housing at the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union (BYMCU) building at 48 Boylston Street in Boston.

On behalf of the Baker Administration, DHCD will support the project with a combination of Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits that will leverage approximately $11.8 million in equity, and $4,000,000 in various subsidies from DHCD. The City of Boston is also providing significant funding for the development.

“These affordable housing awards reflect our administration’s commitment to a stronger, more prosperous, and more inclusive Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By increasing affordable housing production, and stabilizing working families, low-income senior citizens and homeless families or those at risk, these housing awards will strengthen communities across Massachusetts.”

In April 2016, SFH and POUA purchased the historic building located near the Boston Common and on the edge of Chinatown on Boylston Street. Together, SFH and the POUA will undertake the rehabilitation of the now-vacant building.

“This funding will help create affordable housing in the heart of downtown Boston in a neighborhood that has seen rental costs skyrocket,” said Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director of St. Francis House. “Without an affordable home, finding a job and being an active member of the community can be impossible. This development will strengthen our mission to provide pathways to stability for individuals experiencing homelessness.”

The property will be redeveloped by SFH and POUA to provide much needed affordable housing in the community.  The completed development will include units to serve people who have experienced homelessness, and others with very modest incomes. Twenty-six of the units will be reserved for individuals earning less than 30% of the area median income.

“Providing permanent housing for the homeless and workers priced out of the market is a critical need. We’re redeveloping this building to provide permanent housing for individuals who can’t afford Boston’s very high housing costs,” said Lisa B. Alberghini, President of POUA. “Our goal is to carry on the mission of the BYMCU by providing for people in need, and by offering housing for those who would otherwise be forced out of the neighborhood.”

A designated Boston Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was constructed in 1875 and was operated by the BYMCU for more than 150 years to provide a variety of social, recreational and service programs.

In keeping with the building’s history, the development will also provide benefits beyond housing. A street-level business venture will established by St. Francis House to add to the vitality of the neighborhood and create important employment opportunities for the people they serve. Additionally, SFH will relocate its corporate offices from 39 Boylston Street to free up space to provide more robust support services. Taken together, the award of DHCD funding for this project creates badly needed affordable housing, employment training and new jobs for homeless individuals, and expanded social services for vulnerable populations.

O’Neill and Associates is proud to provide St. Francis House with communications and government relations services. 


About St. Francis House

Located in the heart of Boston, St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty.

St. Francis House is a welcoming and inclusive community. For over thirty years, every day of the year, we meet guests’ basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. We transform lives by using a holistic approach to understanding and addressing the behavioral health, housing and employment needs of people.  We commit ourselves to helping those we serve achieve renewed lives of dignity and self-determination.

About the Planning Office for Urban Affairs

The mission of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, a non-profit housing developer affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, is to serve as a catalyst for social justice through its work in housing development, commercial development and neighborhood revitalization, and affordable housing advocacy. POUA has completed over 2,700 units of affordable and mixed-income housing. The emphasis of the Office is not on numbers, though, but on having a qualitative impact on the harsh reality of housing deprivation for all those we serve.

CEO’s Corner: April 2016

220px-Thomas_P_O'Neill_IIIIn January, the Brookings Institution cited Boston as the city with the greatest disparity between rich and poor, jumping up two spots from last year’s report. Although Boston is closely followed by New Orleans and Atlanta, the city’s gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen at an alarming rate.

One of the results of this disparity is the growing number of men, women, and increasingly young adults experiencing homelessness.

Boston Rescue Mission and St. Francis House Boston – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – opened warming shelters during the winter because of overcrowding at the shelters run by the Boston Public Health Commission. This past January, the Pine Street Inn averaged 20 percent over capacity. The opiate crisis, seen here in Massachusetts and across the country exacerbates an already critical situation, straining our shelter system.

The Coalition for Homeless Individuals, a statewide collection of emergency shelters, human service providers and their supporters, has worked on Beacon Hill to try to secure more dollars for this underfunded system that cares for our homeless men and women. Figures from across the state show that providers have deployed an extra 600 beds to take care of overcrowding – without any state funding to support these beds. State funding covers just 47 percent of the true costs of caring for homeless men and women in the Commonwealth with similar situations across the country.

Our providers are hard at work this budget cycle trying to secure more dollars so that budgets aren’t stretched so thin. Our state budget is more than just numbers in a ledger – it has a real impact on the lives of six million residents and an incredible effect on those residents in search of shelter. Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey famously said that the moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, those who are in the twilight of life, and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. Our homeless citizens too often live in the shadows, especially as the gap between rich and poor continues to widen.

Unfortunately, there is no single, or simple, answer to eradicating homelessness. Officials at the local, state, and federal level are grappling to find the solution and have shown a commitment to solving the problem. However, more work needs to be done to ensure better treatment for men and women on the margins of our society.

And it doesn’t end there. Understanding that this is not an issue that can be solved simply with government support and intervention, we have seen a rise in advocacy and involvement from non-profit organizations looking to help solve the problem. The solution will come from all of us, working together to ensure that food and shelter are never considered a luxury for anyone.

Why ICycle: Matt Pritchard of HomeStart

ICycle 2016 - Matt Pritchard

Matt Pritchard, Executive Director of HomeStart, with O’Neill and Associates’ Ann Murphy, Cayenne Isaksen and Jennie Hardin at ICycle 2016

One of my favorite things in the world is watching someone stop what they are doing to support another person who is suffering.  On a chilly day this past February that is exactly what 320 people did, and it was incredible! Those 320 individuals do not include the countless others who stopped what they were doing as they walked by, and decided to donate to this incredible cause. This is just one reason why ICycle.

Tonight, more than 1,200 people in Boston will fall asleep on a sidewalk or on a cot in a shelter because they’ve experienced a crisis and suddenly found themselves homeless.  At some point, most people I know have asked themselves the question, “How can I make a dent in a person’s homelessness?  Is there any way for one person to provide meaningful help?”  HomeStart has provided folks with an answer to those questions, and it is a resounding, “Yes!”

One way that HomeStart has answered this question is with ICycle: an outdoor spinning marathon where individuals and corporate teams raise money and ride on a spinning bike, outside, in the winter, to show solidarity with and support people who are homeless and find themselves living outside.  When those 320 people braved the cold and the elements in February, they made a practical and tangible dent in the ongoing problem facing our city. The simple act of riding a bike, with the fundraising support from others, made it possible for HomeStart to provide the service that will permanently end a person’s homelessness, and many people (who they will probably never know) will celebrate because of their help. And that is why ICycle.

Now, as the season’s change and our weather inevitably begins to get warmer, it is just as important as ever for us to remember our 1,200 neighbors who are experiencing the greatest suffering. Our goal at HomeStart is to serve all of them. Simply put, the more people who are willing to brave the cold and stop what they are doing to ride in ICycle in years to come will help us to do that!  That is why ICycle.

Last year, HomeStart permanently housed 680 people who were living on the streets or in a shelter in Boston and Cambridge.  By doing so, HomeStart very quietly and under almost every radar changed Boston and Cambridge’s public spaces and dramatically reduced trauma and suffering of our most vulnerable residents.  Every night on Boston’s streets and in shelters, people will fall asleep hoping that, tomorrow, they will be able to find a HomeStart advocate- because they know that HomeStart can – and does – permanently end cycles of homelessness for so many. And that is why WECycle.

So with this, on behalf of our 1200 beautiful and hurting neighbors, I’d like to give 1200 cheers to all this year’s riders who were willing and able to stop what they were doing to support another person who is suffering! Someone whose name they may never even know. Thank you so much, and I heartily look forward to seeing you again next year!

Matt Pritchard

Executive Director, HomeStart

St. Francis House, John Hancock Team Up for One Boston Day

John Hancock hosting a shoe drive to benefit homeless men and women in Boston

As the City of Boston celebrates the second annual One Boston Day, St. Francis House (SFH) is partnering with John Hancock, hosting a sneaker donation drive to benefit homeless men and women in need. Citizens of Boston are asked to honor One Boston Day with a donation of new or gently worn sneakers. Each pair of sneakers donated will directly benefit guests of SFH.

Donations from the sneaker drive will augment the Fresh Threads Department at SFH that currently distributes 3,000 pairs of shoes each year to men and women who visit SFH.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with John Hancock, a longstanding institution of Boston, in honor of One Boston Day,” said Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director of St. Francis House. “The sneaker drive will have a direct impact on the men and women who come to St. Francis House for support every day. St. Francis House has long relied on the kindness and generosity of Boston residents, we are excited to see that support continue on Friday, as we all come together to honor our great city.”

One Boston Day: April 15, 2016, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Donation Boxes will be posted at two locations in Boston: 

  • The intersection of Exeter Street and Boylston Street in Boston, near the Jumbotron.
  • Boston City Hall, Third Floor

“We are proud to partner with the City on One Boston Day to support St Francis House, and all the men and women they serve.” said Tom Crohan, AVP & Counsel, John Hancock Financial. “We encourage everyone who lives or works in Boston to join us in donating sneakers to this incredibly worthy cause.”

One Boston Day serves as an opportunity for the city – and its citizens – to celebrate the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the city of Boston and those around the world in response to the tragic events on April 15, 2013.

About St. Francis House

sfh-logoLocated in the heart of downtown Boston, St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in the Commonwealth, serving more than 600 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year. St Francis House provides basic, rehabilitative and housing services that overlap and build on one another to provide guests with continuous and comprehensive care.


About John Hancock Financial and Manulife

John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were C$935 billion (US$676 billion) as at December 31, 2015. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

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Father Bill’s & MainSpring Hosts 22nd Annual Fundraiser to Assist Shelters with Funding Gap

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Southern MA, will host its annual FoodFest fundraiser on Tuesday, July 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Launch at Hingham Shipyard (VIP party begins at 5:00 p.m. at Hingham Beer Works).

FoodFest 2016 features up to 35 of the South Shore’s finest restaurants, bakeries and beverage distributors, offering their signature samples, while guests are entertained by live music from District 21. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased online at helpfbms.org/FoodFest2016. Corporate sponsorships and auction items are gratefully accepted.

FBMS hopes to raise $300,000 to close the 54% funding gap in its emergency shelters housing. Father Bill’s & MainSpring provides emergency and permanent housing, work force development and prevention services annually to about 5,000 individuals across the South Shore area, including families with children.

Current Participating Restaurant and Beverage Vendors, with more to be announced:

  • Alma Nove, Hingham
  • Boathouse Bistro, Hingham
  • Fire It Up! Flatbread, South Shore
  • Fratelli’s, Quincy
  • Greenside Grille, Hingham
  • Jake’s Seafood , Hull
  • Lavishly Dunn Catering, Hanover
  • Margaritas, Weymouth
  • Peel Pizza Co., Hingham
  • Phillips Candy House, South Boston
  • The Quarry Restaurant & Lounge, Hingham
  • Punjab Café, Quincy
  • Simpson Springs, Easton
  • The Fruit Center Marketplace, Milton & Hingham
  • The Lantana, Randolph

Current Supporters:

Premier: Arbella Insurance Foundation, Bank of America, Citizens Bank, The Flatley Foundation, Granite Telecommunications, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, United Way of Greater Plymouth County

Gold:  Avalon Bay Communities, Cambridge Savings Bank

Silver: New England Regional Council of Carpenters, IBEW Local 103,

Venue Sponsors: Hingham Beer Works, The Launch at Hingham Shipyard

Media Sponsors:  The Patriot Ledger, Wicked Local


Event Highlights: New activities this year include a wine pull where guests purchase a ticket for $20, but could end up with a high-end bottle worth more than $100. Also featured is a cruise trip raffle on Royal Caribbean, airfare included; a chance raffle with many unique items and a robust silent auction with themed baskets, weekend getaways and tickets to New England sporting events and more. For more information about corporate sponsorships, or to purchase tickets on-line, please visit helpfbms.org/FoodFest2016 or call 508-427-6448.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring, (FBMS) is committed to ending and preventing homelessness in Southern Massachusetts with programs that provide emergency and permanent housing and help people obtain skills, jobs, housing, and services. FBMS helps people who are struggling with homelessness or are at risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency. FBMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton, Massachusetts and program offices throughout Southern Massachusetts. For more information, visit helpfbms.org or call 617-376-2255.

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