The O’Brien Family Up & Out - August 13, 2016

Total Funds Raised: $201.00
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Overview

Heading Home is looking forward to the O’Brien Family Up & Out on Saturday, August 13, 2016. 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. Please consider donating to help cover expenses for this move. Thank you for your support and involvement!

Client Background

The majority of the families Heading Home serves are headed by young, single mothers with at least one small child. Heading Home helps these families 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 family 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 family. We appreciate your patience and understanding given the complexity of this process.

Once we confirm your family, 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 your family, 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. Typically Up & Out moves take place in Dorchester, although some families move elsewhere in Greater Boston, including Medford, Malden and Chelsea.

Please consider contributing to the The O’Brien Family 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

    First NameLast Name
    MaeveMaguire

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

lkgreene@headinghomeinc.org
617-864-8140