DTCC Boston’s Up & Out - July 15, 2016

Total Funds Raised: $15.00
Overview Client Background Location Contribute Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to DTCC Boston’s Up & Out on Friday, July 15, 2016. Up & Out offers volunteer groups with the opportunity to make a huge impact on a homeless person’s life as they make the milestone move from shelter into permanent housing. Formerly homeless people moving into affordable, permanent housing through Up & Out have faced adversity, but leading up to and following the move they receive intensive support services to remain housed.

The actual move includes cleaning, furnishing and personalizing the apartment to the person’s taste and transforming the apartment into a “home.” Furniture and housewares are either purchased new through funds raised, donated new or gently used. The half-day experience concludes with revealing the apartment to Heading Home’s client and presenting them the keys to their new home. Ways you can participate in the Up & Out move include:

  • Contribute new or gently used furniture and housewares
  • Donate to help purchase items that need to be new (e.g., beds, linens)
  • Volunteer the day of the move (e.g., assemble furniture, buy groceries)

No matter how you participate, you will be making a difference. Thank you for your support and involvement!

Client Background

The majority of the formerly homeless adults served by Heading Home are 40 to 60-years-old. Heading Home helps our clients access publicly-funded subsidies of varying degrees to assist with rent as they get back on track. To ensure the viability of subsidy candidates, and landlords, the public entities providing the subsidies must coordinate many moving parts: security deposits, move dates and inspections. These steps can be lengthy and are out of Heading Home’s control. As a result, in most cases we receive details on the person you are moving about a week prior to your move date. However, you can still plan many details of your move ahead of time. For example, most of the inventory for the apartment can be collected beforehand without knowing the client. We appreciate your patience and understanding given the complexity of this process.

Once we confirm your client, we will alert your group leader(s), and we will post details within this “Client Background” tab for your entire volunteer group to access.

Once we confirm which Heading Home client you will be moving, we will alert your group leader(s), and we will post the address of where the Up & Out move will be taking place within this “Location” tab for your entire volunteer group to access. Up & Out moves take place in Greater Boston, including Dorchester, Chelsea and Revere. Of note, due to high rents, we are seeing some clients look outside Greater Boston for more affordable permanent housing options.

Please consider contributing to the Up & Out move!

Funds raised will be used to pay for items that must be new (e.g., beds, linens), the truck rental and other household items. The average cost to move one of our clients is $2,500-$3,000 if all items are purchased new. However, this amount may be decreased significantly, both through cash and in-kind donations.


Thank you!

Sign up to Volunteer

Please complete fields below to let us know you plan on volunteering at the move. Day-of logistics will be circulated in advance.

Confirmed Volunteers

Heading Home staff is here to facilitate every phase of this move. At any point, please feel free to contact our staff with questions or concerns:

Leora Kimmel Greene, Development and Events Officer