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

I'm running to to raise money for HomeStart because of the crucial work they do, which I also have a personal connection to.

 

In addition to working with households facing eviction to help keep them safe in their homes and providing stabilizing supportive services so that formerly-homeless families and individuals can thrive, Homestart works to get unhoused people in Boston their first home (post-homelessness) to break the cycle. A dear friend of mine benefited from this type of program in 2004 and it completely transformed his life, from self-medicating with alcohol and other substances under the Charlesgate overpass to being housed and healthy and happy.

 

He's been a friend since 2005. That fall while a Freshmen at BU, a friend and I approached a few people who were panhandling around BU asking if they’d like to join us for lunch in a BU dining hall. We were 1% social justice warriors and 99% trouble-makers looking to ensure BU didn’t make $$ on guest meals they forced us to buy. Little did I know that lunch would launch a hugely important relationship.

 

Since 2005, he and I have spent some Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners together, I’ve become his health proxy, and I’ve been blessed to see him build a totally stable life in an apartment with part-time work after 25 years of drinking himself to verge of his death bed. We typically speak multiples times each week.

 

The only reason my friend has been able to remain sober is because he has a home. And he only has a home because someone intervened and helped him to help himself 19 years ago.

 

There is something particularly meaningful knowing that he will watch me run by (*probably walking at that point) in Kenmore—it’s the location we met nearly 17 years ago and prior to that it’s the location he camped out for the better part of 25 years until organizations like Home Start stepped-up to help.

They do amazing work and I'd be really grateful for your support!

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Dietmar Serbee

Hello Friends -- I need your help!

 

I'm taking part in 126th Boston Marathon to raise money for HomeStart, who does great work for a cause that's very close to my heart– ending and preventing homelessness. 

 

They make an meaningful, tangible impact in the community: To date, HomeStart has permanently housed more than 14,000 people out of homelessness and prevented more than 4,000 households from being put out through eviction– with 95% of those households remaining securely housed even 48 months after the intervention.

 

HomeStart helps on three levels:

 

Eviction Prevention: Intervening to prevent families and individuals from experiencing homelessness by way of eviction through court advocacy and financial assistance.

 

Housing Search: Assisting families and individuals who are staying in shelters or living on the street with the process of finding and moving into a stable, affordable place to call home.

 

Housing Stability: Providing wrap-around case management and supportive services to help formerly homeless clients maintain stable housing connected to a community of support.

 

If you can, please donate to my fundraising project on GivenGain!

 

Thank you!

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.