homelessness

Yoga on the Common - Supporting COH!

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Local yoga instructor Samantha Hoff is hosting yoga classes on Needham Town Common in September and October. The classes are FREE, but Samantha is accepting donations to raise money for Circle of Hope!

The first of the three free classes took place in August and raised vital funds for the homeless children, women, and men we serve. We're so grateful to Samantha for this new fundraiser to help Circle of Hope keep homeless individuals and families healthy.

Details of the next two classes are below.

  • What: All levels vinyasa yoga class

  • Where: Needham Town Common (in front of Town Hall)

  • When: Sunday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 12:30-1:30 (arrive 15 minutes early to set up)

For more info, visit Samantha's website by clicking here.

Circle of Hope Receives $12,000 Grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation

COH Board Member Sarah Hart and her mother, Sue, packaging clothing for two families who lost everything in a recent house fire

COH Board Member Sarah Hart and her mother, Sue, packaging clothing for two families who lost everything in a recent house fire

We are very pleased to announce that Circle of Hope has received a $12,000 grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation to support our shelter deliveries, general operations, and Emergency Response Program. With these funds, we have already helped two homeless families who lost everything in a house fire and we will be able to help many more families recover from trauma in the coming year.

“In recognition of the many contributions they have made to their community, the MAXIMUS Foundation is pleased to award a grant to Circle of Hope,” said MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman John Boyer. “We are delighted to present this award to such an exemplary organization whose work reflects our shared values – partnering with people in disadvantaged communities so they build better lives for themselves, their children, and their neighbors. I thank Circle of Hope for its commitment to enriching the lives of those it serves.”

We are very grateful to the MAXIMUS Foundation for helping Circle of Hope protect the health and dignity of homeless individuals and families in Greater Boston.

Read more about Circle of Hope’s exciting new grant in Hometown Weekly and Needham Times.

Circle of Hope Receives $20,000 Grant from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

We are thrilled to report that Circle of Hope has received a $20,000 grant from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation!

These funds will support our partnerships with Clinton House Family Shelter and Pearl Street Family Shelter in Framingham. Through these two partnerships, we provide clothing, Welcome Baby Bags, and toiletries to 20 families experiencing homelessness at a time.

The grant will also support our new pilot partnership with Framingham State University, where we give homeless college students the clothing and everyday necessities they need to attend school in good health. We are very grateful to the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation for giving us the opportunity to deepen our impact on homeless individuals and families in MetroWest.

Read more about this exciting new grant in The MetroWest Daily News and Framingham Source.

Thank you for supporting HOPE Blooms!

 
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On Saturday, May 11, 150 guests celebrated Circle of Hope's tenth anniversary at our third annual fundraiser, HOPE Blooms, at Needham Golf Club. The evening was full of great food, an incredible silent auction, and, most importantly, wonderful, generous people. We are proud to share that the event raised  $120,000  to support the homeless children, women, and men we serve.

Honored guest Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley spoke about the crucial role Circle of Hope plays in helping homeless individuals and families in Greater Boston and MetroWest. We were honored to have her join us. 

Circle of Hope presented Dr. Laurie Konowitz with the inaugural "Hope Award," honoring her dedication to homeless infants during her 30-year career as a remarkable neonatologist. 

 
COH Executive Director Barbara Waterhouse (left) with Dr. Laurie Konowitz (right)

COH Executive Director Barbara Waterhouse (left) with Dr. Laurie Konowitz (right)

 

Drs. Laurie and Paul Konowitz established The Newborn Fund at Circle of Hope to support and expand our Welcome Baby Program. Launched in April, The Newborn Fund at Circle of Hope has already raised more than $25,000! These funds will help homeless newborns in Circle of Hope's partner shelters and clinics get a strong and healthy start.

We are grateful to everyone who supported HOPE Blooms by sponsoring, donating, or attending the event. Last year, we provided clothing and necessities to 6,600 homeless infants, children, women, and men - a 20% increase over the previous year. This winter alone, we also provided 5,500 winter coats to people experiencing homelessness. You, our incredible supporters, made this possible.

Thank you to our dedicated event committee and Circle of Hope Board for all of the energy and enthusiasm you put into HOPE Blooms. Thank you to Rep. Pressley for your time and your inspiring words. Thank you to Drs. Laurie and Paul Konowitz for establishing The Newborn Fund and continuing to help homeless babies. Thank you Four Seasons Greenery for the beautiful floral arrangements. And thank you to our HOPE Blooms 2019 sponsors for making this amazing evening possible:

 
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Charles River Apparel, Presenting Sponsor

 

Betsy & Bruce Amsbary | Amstar Group | Myra & John Anderson | Jodie & Frank Apeseche | Beaumont Capital Management | Linda Borman | Betsy & Eric Cohen | Dedham Savings | Donna & Michael DeFuria | Louise & Peter Donovan | Sarah & Christopher Escobedo Hart | Four Seasons Greenery | Emily Goode | Pamela & Bruce Goody | Jill & Jeremy Grossman | Susan & Ron Halpern | Hartney Greymont | Honey Dew Donuts | Marla & Bill Kannel | Lizbeth & George Krupp | Suzanne & Dave Lissy | Longmeadow Group | Peggy Lowenstein & Steve Berez | Wendy & David Lustbader | Mainsale Management | Needham Bank | Carolyn & Dana Pope | Alan Reese | Christine & Kevin Ruddy | Rosemarie & Jeff Rudin | Jeannie & Phil Shapiro | SharkNinja | Dale & Peter Sinesi | Anya & Corey Thomas | Trisha & Rob Ticktin | Tieso Family | Barbara & Jay Waterhouse | Judy Waterhouse | Wegmans | Anne Welch & Stephen McMillan | Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation | Wells Fargo

Together, we are building a brighter future for homeless children and adults in Boston and Metro West. THANK YOU!

Circle of Hope's Winter Wish List

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We have created a Winter Wish List on Amazon, making it quick and easy to donate winter essentials to Circle of Hope!

The gloves, hats, boots, and scarves on the list are vital to the health of homeless individuals this time of year. With the splitting of the polar vortex, we can expect more severe winter weather for the rest of the reason, leaving homeless individuals vulnerable to frostbite, hypothermia, and other illnesses.

Please help us protect homeless children, women, and men by donating items off the Winter Wish List today! Simply view the list, add items to your shopping cart, and proceed with checkout. When asked to select a shipping address, select Circle of Hope’s Gift Registry Address. The items will ship to COH and we will give them to the homeless individuals who need them. Thank you!

View Our Wish List

New Partnership with Boston Police Department

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Earlier this month, Circle of Hope kicked off a new partnership with Boston Police Department District E-13 by making our first delivery of winter coats, hats, and mittens for 75 homeless infants and children in Jamaica Plain. We will continue making monthly deliveries to the station so that Community Service Officers can give our clothing to homeless families in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

Full Circle was a success!

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It was a cold, rainy morning, but 150 people came to volunteer at Full Circle on Saturday, October 13th. Thank you to everyone who supported Full Circle this year! By attending the event with your kids, volunteering to set up or run a station, or sponsoring the event, you helped hundreds of homeless children, women, and men in Boston and Metro West get the essential items they need to stay healthy.

Click here to read Hometown Weekly’s coverage of the event.