Support Team HomeStart as they make strides to end and prevent homelessness!

Peter Hepburn

Hi! My name is Peter Hepburn. I'm a demographer and assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University-Newark. A lot of my research is about the causes and consequences of eviction in this country. Every year, millions of households risk losing their homes and suffering severe long-term hardships because of it. 

I'm also an avid distance runner, and I'm very proud to be running the 125th Boston Marathon to raise money for HomeStart. For the last 25 years, HomeStart has been doing the critically-important work to helping Bostonians find and maintain stable housing. This work could not be more important.


If you can, please donate to my fundraising project and support HomeStart!


Sarah Varney

Hi! I am excited to run the 125th Boston Marathon in support of the incredible non-profit, HomeStart.

Over the last 25 years, HomeStart has permanently housed more than 14,000 individuals living on the street and in shelters, and has prevented nearly 4,000 families from experiencing homelessness in the Greater Boston area.

I strongly believe in their mission to not only help community members experiencing homelessness obtain and maintain housing, but to also help families avoid eviction in the first place. HomeStart’s focus on preventing families and individuals from experiencing the destabilizing trauma of eviction through advocacy, financial assistance, and ongoing supportive services is stabilizing communities and truly changing lives.

69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. As we weather the pandemic and begin to recover as a nation, many people are one emergency away from not being able to make rent.

My goal for this year is to raise the equivalent of what it can take to help 5 families receive supportive services and avoid eviction – $10,000.


HomeStart is proud to be an official Partner of John Hancock in the Marathon Non-Profit Program. The Non-Profit Program provides over 1000 Boston Marathon® bibs to select non-profit organizations throughout the community, which provides organizations with a significant fundraising opportunity. Last year, John Hancock Non-Profit Runners raised over $38.7M for their causes.