J Barrett & Company announced it recently donated more than $7,000 to Family Promise North Shore Boston, a non-profit organization that strives to return newly homeless families to economic self-sufficiency.
“We are very proud to support such an amazing organization that helps our neighbors on the North Shore,” says Jon Gray, president. “Family Promise makes a significant impact on the issue of homelessness that is, unfortunately, a reality today regardless of geographic location.”
Family Promise works intensively with a small number of families at a time, dedicating many hours per week to ensure each family has the services they need to be successful. This includes a financial literacy course, job skills assessment, monthly budgeting accountability and other services as needed, such as family therapy, crisis intervention or therapeutic mentoring. Children are able to continue their usual school routine and remain in their normal school system, providing them with a sense of stability during this time of transition for their family.
This community-based response to homelessness has proved to be efficient and lasting. None of the families that have “graduated” from the program have experienced homelessness again.
“The donation from J Barrett & Company allowed us to assist two of our recently housed families,” says Rachel Hand, Executive Director. “In one case, the funds covered the purchase of a washer and dryer, which will save them hundreds of dollars in laundromat costs. We will also help one family purchase a vehicle. Last year, because of homelessness, their youngest son was forced to give up soccer because his mother could not consistently get him to practices. This year all three children will be able to continue in their beloved sports programs!”