BENEFITING: Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2016
I decided to raise money for the Somerville Homeless Coalition because I believe that as human beings, we are obligated to help those less fortunate, and as community members, help those in our community.
The Somerville Homeless Coalition has the mission to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing. Their target population is the homeless and the poor of the Somerville area, which otherwise lack these services. Last year, they served over 300 through case management and housing programs and over 1,500 through food pantries with Project SOUP. The typical homeless family they see is a mother with two children, many of whom have such low income that still they remain in poverty.
The values that drive the Somerville Homeless Coalition are the same values that I hope everyone lives by: compassion, a sense of duty to our fellow humans, and a mission to improve our community as a whole. It's important to remember that while most of us have safety nets and protection from complete loss of our livelihood, there are some who don't. And while we benefit from thriving communities, they suffer.
There are many factors that play into our lives and the makeup of our society, from family stability to race and gender, and from opportunities that come with quality education to the policies written into federal law. We live in a broken system that supports some, but lets others fall through the crack. I believe that, through SHC's work, and many other similar organizations', we can not only reduce the thousands of dollars that cost the public in medicaid, social services, and jail by providing some preventative service and support, but also give people a home and some dignity.