A portion of the REFA Gala proceeds will benefit our charitable partners. FamilyAid Boston, HomeStart and Rosie's Place.
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Founded in 1916, and initially called the Travelers Aid Society, FamilyAid Boston (FAB) is the largest agency focused solely on homeless families in Boston, providing prevention, emergency shelter, housing supports, and comprehensive case management to more than 2,600 children and parents annually, and hundreds of thousands since its inception. Since COVID struck, FAB also now provides humanitarian relief to all our clients, supplying food, diapers and other essentials weekly, as well as educational supplies and financial support to parents, most of whom are now unemployed. FAB, who is the largest provider of private funding to prevent family homelessness in Greater Boston, has recently enrolled more than 1000 unstably housed children and parents into an innovative new homeless prevention program. Boston’s leading institutions are now working directly with FAB on this program to stem the city’s rising tide of family homelessness, including Boston Public Schools, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Housing Authority and the United Way. With these partners, FamilyAid Boston empowers parents and caregivers facing homelessness to secure and sustain housing and build strong foundations for their children’s futures.
Over the course of the last 25 years, HomeStart has permanently housed more than 13,000 individuals living on the street and in shelters, and has prevented more than 4,000 families from experiencing homelessness. HomeStart is uniquely positioned to dramatically reduce homelessness.
On any given night in Boston, there are 7,600 people experiencing homelessness: 3,384 individuals and 4,165 people in families. Over the course of a year, more than 15,000 people will experience homelessness in Boston, and local, state, and federal sources will spend over $200M in emergency services to address the problem in Boston. HomeStart serves hundreds of people each year in the Greater Boston Area. Our clients include single parents and their children, victims of domestic violence, veterans, and persons with disabilities. All of them are living at or below the poverty line.
Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
Every year, Rosie’s Place creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support.
Every day we are meeting the most basic and urgent needs of hundreds of homeless women with medical screenings, meals, showers, and both daytime and overnight shelter. Responding to the growing hunger crisis, our Food Pantry doubled its capacity, now providing groceries and household essentials to more women and their children than ever before.
Our staff of multi-lingual Advocates continues to help thousands of women with both urgent and long-term support. Further, our Legal and Outreach programs are lifelines to women who are facing the enormous challenges of looming evictions and crushing debt as a result of the pandemic. And guests can learn English and new skills in our Women’s Education Center’s ESOL and Technology classes, with a fully remote curriculum. While our Employment Specialist helps women to attain and maintain gainful employment at a time of unprecedented job loss.
Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding. Thanks to these donations, 86 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to services for poor and homeless women.