I am riding in ICYCLE presented by Fitness International at 12:30 pm. Please come cheer me on. To donate click 'Donate' and follow the steps. While I need to raise $250 to ride, HomeStart can usually keep a family in a hom efor $700. That means if I raise $700, a family will be in a home this winter rather then out in the cold.
What is HomeStart?
HomeStart ends and prevents homelessness.
If you're homeless, HomeStart is your realtor. Much like a real estate agency, HomeStart helps you find permanent housing by assessing your background, financial ability, and a variety of other factors. But once HomeStart puts you in a home, they make sure you stay there. HomeStart provides stabalization services like money management, life skills training, etc. to make sure that you re-integrate into the community and never become homeless again.
That's how HomeStart ends current homelessness, but HomeStart also prevents it before it starts. If you're on the verge of losing your home, HomeStart offers emergency assistance that helps you stay in the home and avoid costly taxpayer shelters. Usually HomeStart can keep a family in a home for $700, while moving that family into a shelter, could cost taxpayers upwards of $40,000 (nevermind the moral cost.)
So you ready to help HomeStart end homelessness? Then sign up, raise at least $250, and let's see if you're as tough as some of our clients. Also while you're riding, just think, you're only outside for an hour, imagine if you were homeless.
"I hate the cold and I really hate the breeze. When you're homeless, you can't even feel yourself you're so cold. It's all you can think about. And when the wind blows, you want to be anywhere else but outside"
"I was talking to a client the other day and he told me how grateful he was for HomeStart. HomeStart helped him get his first place, manage his money, go to school, but he was the most grateful to HomeStart for getting him out of the cold."
For general and sponsorship information please contact Anthony Guardia, Director of Development, at Guardia@homestart.org and 617 542 0338 x. 230.
Sponsorship opportunities include: company hour, signage on a bike, large signage at the event, and official sponsor of the event.