There are more than 16,000 homeless children under the age of 5 in the state of Massachusetts.
Horizons for Homeless Children is leading the fight in Massachusetts to help alleviate the trauma and stress of homelessness on both children and their families.
I was first introduced to Horizons in 2006 through a close family member and decided with Caroline to begin our involvement with this wonderful organization as “Playspace Activity Leaders” (“PALs”). When we first started volunteering, we couldn’t fathom the concept of a homeless child. As we worked each week playing with the young children who lived in the shelter, we learned just how real this problem is and the devastating impact that homelessness can have on children and their families. Consider that children who are homeless are 2 times more likely to develop learning disabilities and 3 times more likely to develop emotional and behavioral disorders as those who have the stability of a home.
Horizons is committed to improving the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and their families by providing high-quality early education centers, opportunities for play via their PALs program, comprehensive family support services, and advocacy on behalf of these families.
After having children of my own, I am even more acutely aware how much in need these children are and what critical services Horizons provides to help these families end the cycle of homelessness. I simply cannot imagine my young family without a home and the impact that this would have on my two rambunctious boys.
I am running the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise money for an organization that changes the lives of young families and gives homeless children the stability and support that every child needs to thrive. I am also running to serve as a positive role model for my two boys and help introduce them to an organization and cause that means so much to Caroline and me.
I hope you will support me in this endeavor.
To learn more about Horizons and how you can become involved, please go to: www.horizonschildren.org.