NEEDHAM – Circle of Hope announced today that it received a $20,000 grant from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation to support its services for homeless individuals and families in MetroWest.
Based in Needham, Circle of Hope provides clothing and necessities to homeless individuals in 22 partner shelters and clinics throughout Greater Boston and Framingham. Funds from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation will support Circle of Hope’s partnerships with two family shelters in Framingham, Clinton House Family Shelter and Pearl Street Family Shelter.
Every month, Circle of Hope gives seasonally appropriate clothing, shoes, and toiletries to the 12 homeless families living at Pearl Street and the eight homeless families at Clinton House.
The grant will also support Circle of Hope’s pilot program with college students at Framingham State University.
Through this new partnership, Circle of Hope provides clothing and dorm room essentials to students at MassBay Community College and Framingham State, who are experiencing homelessness.
Governor Baker announced in January the launch of the Massachusetts Student Housing Security Pilot, which provides housing and meals to 20 homeless college students enrolled in eight Massachusetts schools, including Framingham State and MassBay.
However, the state’s pilot program does not provide clothing or toiletries. According to Circle of Hope Executive Director Barbara Waterhouse, the necessities Circle of Hope provides will help homeless college students meet their full potential.
“By providing everyday essentials like well-fitting, seasonally appropriate clothing, toiletries, and bedding, Circle of Hope gives these vulnerable students the opportunity to focus on school and attend in good health,” Waterhouse said. “I am deeply grateful to the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation for funding this important new partnership and helping Circle of Hope take care of homeless college students as well as homeless families in Framingham.”
“Middlesex Savings Bank cares deeply about the communities we serve,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. “One way we deliver on our commitment to community is through our Foundation grants. These funds go directly to the locally-based nonprofit organizations who best understand the needs of our neighbors and how to address them. We are pleased to support Circle of Hope this year with the awarded grant.”
Circle of Hope volunteers sorted, packaged, and delivered clothing and necessities to 6,600 homeless individuals last year. They accept donations of new and gently used clothing, shoes, linens, and new, unopened toiletries at Circle of Hope’s Rosemary Street location in Needham.
Circle of Hope is a nonprofit organization in Needham. The mission of Circle of Hope is to provide homeless children, women, and men in Boston and MetroWest with clothing and necessities in order to preserve and enhance overall health and personal dignity. Circle of Hope continually provides seasonally appropriate clothing, shoes, linens, and toiletries to 22 carefully vetted homeless shelters and clinics.
With the help of nearly 100 volunteers, Circle of Hope makes 8-10 deliveries per week. Last year, Circle of Hope served more than 6,600 homeless children and adults.
The Foundation was established in 2000 to carry out further the philanthropic mission of Middlesex Savings Bank by supporting the communities served by the Bank.
Since its creation, the Foundation has provided more than $6 million in grants to over 600 nonprofit organizations, supporting services, and programs in a wide variety of fields, including education, and basic human services. Since the inception of the Foundation, Middlesex Savings Bank has funded the endowment with over $18 million in contributions.