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March 02, 2017
BENEFITING: Horizons For Homeless Children
ORGANIZER: Horizons For Homeless Children
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
It is an honor to run the Boston Marathon and run on behalf of Horizons for Homeless Children.
I have been volunteering with Horizons for Homeless Children and deeply care and believe in the Organization and their mission. For the past three years I have two hours a week at the same shelter and playing with the children (also known as Playspace).
My dream is for everyone to live a happy life. Everyone should have permission to dream and I would like to help everyone I can to dream big one step\mile at a time. Three years ago I decided I was ready to contribute to society more by volunteering and found my "calling" helping homeless children. I have been a Playspace Volunteer for Horizons for Homeless Children for the past three years at a shelter in Boston and dedicate one day a week for two hours playing with children. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and as much as I'd like to say I contribute by volunteering for Horizons, the experience has transformed me into becoming a better person. Playspace Volunteers provide time for the parents to focus on daily chores, education, training, and enrichment. It also gives a place for the children to feel like kids and play using creativity. Most have experienced trama and it is away for the children to to feel at ease. Horizon Playspace Volunteers are in 120 shelters across Massachusetts.
Horizons for Homeless Children is an unbelievable organization that provides resources to help families get out of being homeless. Horizons helps families navigate the frightening and frustrating terrain of homelessness. The organization advocates on behalf of homeless families and partners with other great organizations like Bright Horizons, Urban Edge, EMPath, Homes for Families, and Project Hope to connect parents with much-needed services, including job training, housing support, and more. They are focused on policies in Massachusetts that impact the homeless. Please copy the link below to know more about Horizons for Homeless Children and the remarkable things they do.
Facts about homelessness in Massachusetts, according to Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless:
- The number of people experiencing homelessness is continuing to rise.
- In the 2014-2015 academic year, public schools across Massachusetts were able to identify and serve 19,515 students who were experiencing homelessness.
- As of June 17, 2016, there were 3,811 families with children and pregnant women in Massachusetts’ Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter program. 485 of these families with children were being sheltered in motels. This number does not count those families who are doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars.
- During state fiscal year 2015, 6,192 families were assisted with emergency shelter and/or HomeBASE diversion assistance, out of the 11,856 families who completed applications for assistance. For the first 9 months of fiscal year 2016, 4,397 families were approved for EA and HomeBASE diversion benefits and 3,275 families were denied assistance.
- 2013 data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), released in August 2014, estimates that 9,493 high school-aged students in public schools are experiencing homelessness on any given day in Massachusetts. These figures are derived from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey responses. This number includes an estimated 4,085 unaccompanied high school students who are experiencing homelessness and not in the custody of their parent or legal guardian.
- On any given night in Massachusetts, the approximately 3,000 night shelter beds for individuals usually are full or beyond capacity (supplemented by cots and sleeping bags).
- The presence or absence of affordable housing is a main driving force behind the rise in homelessness.
Thank you for your time and please donate to Horizons for Homeless Children any little bit counts!
Learn more at www.horizonschildren.org.