A few weeks ago, Mike and I took our kids to a Celtics game, which was a lot of fun. It was a very cold night, and on our short walk to our car, the children noticed a few homeless people on the streets. I could tell they felt truly sad and helpless about their situation; in all honesty, it's something that still strikes a chord and upsets me as an adult. We walk on by, not quite knowing how to help or what to do. And this winter has already been particularly difficult with all the terrible storms- can you imagine not having a warm bed or a place to call home these past few weeks?
I have joined a great team of fellow Hingham residents and friends to spin for one hour outside and in whatever New England weather we get on FEBRUARY 28th in support of Homestart, an organization that helps move an individual or family from a shelter (or worse) into a permanent home. I have to raise $250 to ride, but if I raise $1,030, my ride will be the reason a family is in a home this winter.
When I spoke with my eldest daughter about what I was going to do, she wanted to help. So, we thought if we could have 50 middle schoolers donate $10 each, we could get to $500. I could wear a t-shirt with all your names on it so you can be a part of the effort and be with me in spirit as I sweat it out on a stationary bike! Please pass this along to any friends who may not have received this. You can have your parents use their credit card and pay them your own $10, or you can send a check to me at:
Mrs. Amy Maguire
5 Stagecoach Road
Hingham, MA 02043
With your help, I know we can get a family into a home! Thanks so much for your support.
Located at International Place, Boston Massachusetts with bikes provided by Fitness International. ICycle is a series of stationary cycle classes held outdoors in the middle of winter. Beginning at 6:30 am, and every hour from then on, a different team will ride to raise money for HomeStart, a non-profit dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness in Boston.
TO SIGN UP E-MAIL GUARDIA@HOMESTART.ORG or CALL 617 542 0338 x 230 or SIMPLY CLICK 'JOIN THE TEAM' BELOW.
6:30 am - Energi
7:30 am - Income Research & Management SOLD OUT
8:30 am - Fidelity
9:30 am - Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
11:30 am - Deutsche Bank
2:00 pm & 3:00 pm - Eastern Bank
4:00 pm & 5:00 pm - UBS
Founded on the principle that every person deserves a decent place to live, HomeStart provides the crucial next step to ending the cycle of homelessness by working to assist individuals and families move from shelters to permanent housing.
HomeStart advocates provide support and compassion as they help walk clients through the difficult process of moving from shelters to permanent housing. After securing housing, HomeStart continues to help each participant re-integrate into their community by providing support services such as money management programs and life skills training.
HomeStart also provides housing-search guidance to those who do not qualify to become a client during walk-in hours at both the Central Boston and Cambridge offices.
HomeStart is also one of the first and one of the largest agencies in Boston that ends homelessness by preventing it in the first place. Our advocates prevented 568 low-income families and individuals on the verge of eviction from being homeless, by using innovative approaches such as – emergency mini grants, court intervention, and landlord mediation. For HomeStart to prevent an eviction it costs on average $603. It costs taxpayers approximately $30,000 a year to shelter that same family.
Having a home restores a person’s dignity and offers the stability that is necessary for making other life changes, such as securing a job, advancing an education, regaining mental health stability, or maintaining sobriety. That’s why at HomeStart, we believe a home is where the start is.