Based on the successful model followed by Bridge of Hope ministries throughout the US, Home with Friends brings together the resources and energy of three faith-based social service agencies on Boston’s South Shore to support an innovative program to end homelessness – one family at a time.
Home with FriendsTM offers the families we work with:
- a proven approach for breaking the cycle of homelessness,
- help with gaining the skills and confidence they need to become self-sufficient, and
- an opportunity to increase their success in transitioning from emergency housing to a permanent home.
Each family in the program gets support in three key ways:
- Rental assistance via a decreasing subsidy
- A dedicated social worker
- Personal guidance from a trained “mentor” team that helps with the rental subsidy and offers the family their time, talents, encouragement and ongoing friendship.
For more information, contact:
Rev. Lora Wooster
Home with FriendsTM Coordinator
Agencies in Collaboration
There are three agencies that collaborate with the Home With Friends program:
- Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
- Sanger Center for Compassion
- Starlight Ministries of Emmanuel Gospel Center
A Single Unifying Goal:
To be a change force in the lives of families who need hope, love and stability.
3 ways you can help a family in crisis find a permanent home:
- Recruit a team of 8-12 people from your church to develop a long-term (1-2 year) mentoring friendship with a family in transition. You and your team will receive training and support from Home with Friends as you help the family find independent housing and self-sufficiency.Involvement requires a financial commitment from your church to partially fund the cost of transition from emergency shelter into a more permanent home.
- Become a Friendly Visitor and regularly offer hope, support and friendship to families in motels as part of a team from a specific congregation.
- Contribute financially. One-time donations or ongoing giving through your church’s mission outreach are always welcome. They will be used toward the decreasing rental subsidies and coordination of volunteers to help a family in need.
Home With Friends’ Mission
To educate, encourage, and equip local churches to minister to families that are homeless by offering training, support
and mentoring opportunities.
Family Homelessness: A quick look at the statistics
How many families are in crisis?
- Nationwide 2 million families experience homelessness each year.
- Currently about 300 families in Massachusetts are staying in motels, and another 3,500 are in shelters. This means that over 7,600 children are staying in motels or shelters tonight.
- About 20 of these families stay in a motel in Weymouth.
- 71% of the families at the Super 8 in Weymouth have been there for more than a year.
Who Are They?
- 84% of families that are homeless are headed by women.
- 92% of these women have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual abuse at some point in their lives.
- In 29% of families that are homeless, someone is employed.
How Homelessness Affects Children
- 32% of homeless children repeat a grade in school.
- Children who experience homelessness are sick 4 times more often than others and have 3 times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems.
What Does It Cost?
- A family living in a motel for 2 years will cost the state about $60,000.
- In contrast, it costs about $29,000 to serve a family for 2 years in the Home with Friends church mentoring ministry.
Did you know …?
- Fair Market Rental for the South Shore area is $1,567/month for a two bedroom apartment.
- A parent working full-time at minimum wage will only gross $1,733/month.
- Financial planning experts suggest not spending more than 30% of your income on housing. A family needs to earn $62,700/year or $30.14/hour to meet that guideline.