On Friday, May 5, 2016 Circle of Hope will host HOPE Blooms, a fundraiser to support our mission to provide seasonally appropriate clothing and essential necessities to homeless individuals and families living in one of 20 homeless shelters in Boston and MetroWest. The theme, Hope Blooms, reinforces our belief that even in difficult times, under unimaginable circumstances, a flower blooms, inspiring all of us to help those less fortunate. Held in the Great Room of the Weston Recreation Center, this evening of charity will gather together more than 150 supporters for a night filled with springtime flowers, fabulous food and few surprises all to benefit the men, women and children served by Circle of Hope.
For more information about HOPE Blooms, including sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
In December, a 10-alarm fire broke out in Cambridge, destroying multiple buildings and leaving more than 125 people, including dozens of children, without a home. Soon after the fire destroyed everything these families owned, the temperature in New England dipped to dangerous lows. In addition to the families displaced by the fire, homeless individuals and families in the area found themselves without adequate winter coats and clothing to face the cold. During that time, Circle of Hope received emergency requests for winter coats, clothing, and boots from our partners in Cambridge. Within two hours of receiving the urgent requests, we were able to make the first of four emergency deliveries to On The Rise and Children's Clothing Exchange in Cambridge, bringing enough warm clothing for 50 children and dozens of coats for women. We were able to meet this sudden demand because of generous donations from our supporters. Thank you for helping us keep families warm this winter!
On Saturday, September 24, 2016 more than 300 people volunteered at Circle of Hope’s free family event on The Common in Needham Center. The event, Full Circle, gave families a chance to make a real difference in our community. Families received a "Passport of Giving" and collected stamps as they moved through meaningful, age-appropriate stations focused on helping the homeless.
Parents had the unique opportunity to begin talking with their young children about homelessness and service to others, and to learn about volunteer and donation opportunities at Circle of Hope.
Learn more about Full Circle by clicking here!
How to Talk to Your Child About Homelessness and Poverty
by Laurie F. Konowitz, M.D., neonatologist and board certified pediatrician