On April 20th, 2015, I will run my 5th Boston Marathon. As I did last year, I will run in celebration of and in gratitude for my family and in support the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem, MA.
After the horrific events at the finish line of The Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013, we underwent a journey of grief and healing as a city, as a community and as a family. My family drew strength from one another to move past our fear and "take back the finish line" on April 21, 2014. It is precisely these family bonds that enable us to move forward through our lives, tackling fear, hardship and challenge with hope and love. Everyone, and especially children, need and deserve such a family and safety network.
It is unfathomable to me that children who enter the foster care system can go through their entire childhood without ever finding the stability and security of a family that will be with them forever. Plummer Home is working to change this with services that heavily emphasize finding permanent families while teaching skills and connecting youth with community. The stories of these young people and Plummer’s work are incredibly moving.
Plummer Home gives children the support necessary to successfully navigate to healthy adulthood and strives to find them permanent families before they leave the foster care system. Please join me in supporting Plummer Home by donating to my marathon run. Your gift will support things small and large such as holiday gifts, athletic fees, camping trips and therapy.
I run in gratitude for my family. I run Because Children Need Families. I run because together we are Boston Strong, Family Strong.
Plummer Home serves young men and women who have been bouncing around the foster care system for years, or who are at risk of entering the system. We find them families, teach them skills and connect them with community.
Founded in 1855, the mission of Plummer Home is to provide adolescents innovative support and services, in a safe and nurturing environment, to build the relationships and skills necessary for successful adulthood.
Why we do it
Because annually, more than 23,000 youth who have been living in group care or foster care leave the child welfare system with no permanent family.
By age 24:
- Almost 4 in 10 will experience homelessness
- More than half will be unemployed
- 2/3 of the girls will become pregnant
How we do it
Our holistic Model of Care is focused on:
- Finding kids permanent families
- Preparing kids with skills, and
- Connecting them with their communities
Where we do it
- Group Home for 12 boys between 13 and 18 years old.
- Supported Apartment for young men ages 16–22. On same premises as Group Home.
- Community-based 1-bedroom apartments for young men or women who turned 18 while in group care or foster care.
- Foster Care for girls and boys birth to age 22, though we prefer to work with older youth. Currently serving 17 children; anticipated growth to serve 50 children in three years.
- On Point Teen Resource Center for youth at risk of being removed from their families for