Liz & Tucker Kelton’s Up & Out - June 13, 2015

Total Funds Raised: $9,575.00
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Heading Home is looking forward to Liz & Tucker Kelton’s Up & Out on Saturday, June, 13 2015. Up & Out offers volunteer groups with the opportunity to make a huge impact on a homeless family’s life as they make the milestone move from shelter into permanent housing. Families 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 on track and housed.

The actual move includes cleaning, furnishing and personalizing the apartment to the family’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 the family 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

In August 2014 Digna came to Heading Home, unemployed and with zero savings. We immediately placed Digna and her 11-year-old daughter, Jelani, into one of our family shelters where they felt safe and increasingly motivated. The road leading up to permanent housing included working closely with one of our career development specialists on her job search, resume and interview skills. For nearly a year, Digna has been working full-time with the U.S. Postal Service. She also graduated from our eight-week financial literacy course. Through this course and one-on-one coaching she received help with developing a budget and savings plan. Currently Digna is saving 30% of her income and has a balanced budget. Digna’s new apartment will provide her entire family with a home of their own, including her 15-year-old son.

483 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA, United States

Street parking is available.
Apartment Number: 3R

Please consider contributing to the Liz & Tucker Kelton’s 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 a family is $4,000-$5,000 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

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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