On Monday, April 20th 2020, I will run the Boston Marathon to raise money for Project Hope (a multi-service agency providing low-income families with access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services) because I appreciate the value and understand first hand the need for its services.
For the majority of my youth, my siblings and I endured the ramifications of poverty. Its cyclical nature gives way to inequities that have plagued communities for centuries .
With all of this comes unimaginable suffering, both physically and mentally, leaving trails of tainted and scattered memories. This also has significant impacts on key aspects of learning, knowledge, and social-emotional development.
For all to many, it also includes separation, as was the case in my family.
Please join me in my effort to ensure brighter and better futures for families in need by donating to the cause. See below for more information about Project Hope and details about the lasting impacts your contributions will have.
At the forefront of efforts in Boston to move families up and out of poverty, Project Hope fosters low-income families' personal success and works for broader systems change.
Located in the Dudley neighborhood, one of Boston’s most underserved, Project Hope has worked in partnership with families since 1981.The agency was founded by The Little Sisters of the Assumption, who, in response to the family housing crisis of the 1980’s, established one of the first emergency family shelters in the state and launched Project Hope. Today the agency offers an array of direct services, including temporary housing, housing search assistance, adult basic education, childcare and job training, to assist families in gaining the resources and skills to overcome homelessness and poverty.
In 2006, Project Hope opened its Community Building on Dudley Street, which also serves as a neighborhood center for job training and employment placement, adult education, housing assistance, and more. Just a few blocks away, Project Hope’s original site remains home to its Family Shelter. Empowering homeless and low-income families in Dorchester and Roxbury for more than 30 years is Project Hope's greatest achievement.
I am so excited to run the Boston Marathon to raise funds for such an amazing organization- Project Hope. I have committed to raising at least $8,000 with a goal of $10,000 for Project Hope, and I need your help.
Your tax-deductible contribution will help:
$25 – Cover school supplies for a new adult basic education student.
$60 – Give a job seeker a professional outfit for her interview.
$100- Help with a utility bill for a family this winter.
$150- Provide a family with meals for a night in emergency shelter while we help them seek housing.
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$250- Help with the heating bill for one of our families this winter.
$350- Cover the application fees for an adult learner to take her high school equivalency exams.
$500- Enroll a job seeker in our three-week Tracks to Employment program.
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$1,000- Furnish the living space for a mother and her children in their new housing
$1,500- Enroll a job seeker in our eight-week career and employment readiness program.
$3,000- Give an adult student a semester of high school equivalency classes.
$5,000- Provide homelessness prevention services to a family struggling to stay in their home.
To learn more about Project Hope, visit http://www.prohope.org/
I hope you will consider donating to support my run and our families in Boston.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you for your support!