MARCH 25, 2015
In celebration of the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s 30th Anniversary of providing shelter, supportive housing, and homelessness prevention services, Cambridge Savings Bank has stepped up to be the lead Diamond Sponsor of the SHC’s annual dinner, Under the Roof, on April 11, 2015, with a donation of $15,000.
“The Somerville Homeless Coalition provides compassionate care along with basic human service needs to help stabilize members of our community who have fallen on hard times. Cambridge Savings Bank recognizes and supports the important work they perform,” said Susan Lapierre, Senior Vice President, Community Relations and CRA Officer for Cambridge Savings Bank.
“We are incredibly grateful for Cambridge Savings Bank’s long-standing support, they are a great community partner,” said Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition. This year’s event will focus on honoring the founding members of the SHC, as well as looking ahead. “Homelessness prevention is our growing edge,” explained Alston-Follansbee, adding “for as little as $1,000 we can help prevent a family from experiencing the trauma of becoming homeless.” Over 4,300 families are currently homeless in Massachusetts. “We are fortunate to have support like this, and from so many others; we couldn’t do our work without all the support we receive,” concluded Alston-Follansbee.
Founded in 1985, the organization operates two shelters, one for single adults, another for families; provides case management and supportive housing services to help homeless people access and maintain affordable housing; manages the Project SOUP food pantry and meals program; and has added homelessness prevention services over the last decade. In 2014, they served 2,628 people, including 932 children, in Somerville and surrounding communities.