Friends of the Heights Announces Partnership with Heading Home
At the forefront of lifting hundreds of families and individuals out of homelessness
Boston (November 29, 2022) – Heading Home is delighted and honored to be selected as the first not-for-profit partner by The Friends of the Heights, the founding not-for-profit NIL collective for Boston College student-athletes. Heading Home’s mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training. Friends of the Heights (FHF) will be joining Heading Home as one of its corporate partners.
What particularly resonated with Friends of the Heights was the organization’s support of women and their children. Now the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, single mothers lead 90% of the organization’s homeless families. With nearly 320 families and over 600 children on any given night in shelter, Heading Home is the largest family shelter provider in Massachusetts. 145 single adults in permanent supportive housing also have a “home” at Heading Home.
“It is a privilege to have Friends of the Heights support our mission,” said Suzanne Picher, Boston College graduate and Chief Development Officer at Heading Home. “In the spirit of doing for others, housing is arguably one of the most basic human needs, with cascading repercussions on quality of life and mobility.” Alongside Picher at Heading Home is another Boston College grad, Joe Gravellese, ’10, who shares in the enthusiasm for this meaningful partnership. Scott Mutryn BC ‘98, FHF Board Member, former BC Quarterback and WEEI radio personality offered “Given the Jesuit ethos of being Men and Women for Others, FHF is honored to partner with and support Heading Home’s critical mission.”
Support from Friends of the Heights (FHF) will include volunteering by Boston College student-athletes as well. On Thursday evening, December 1st the partnership will be kicked off when Boston’s Prudential Center is lit blue and gold for Heading Home, as part of their “31 Nights of Light 2022”, a long-standing tradition of illuminating the city each night in December, in celebration of a local non-profit’s work. Student-athletes will be brand ambassadors for the evening, the first in many programming plans between the two organizations.
John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk and Chairman of the Board at Boston College, as well as long-time supporter of Heading Home remarked, “Our organization has always been a steadfast supporter of Heading Home because of its mission to end homelessness and the incredible impact it has had on families in need throughout our community.” He said, “It is truly an honor and privilege to partner with this organization and support this very worthy cause.”
More About Friends of the Heights
Friends of the Heights was formed in early November 2022 by a group of Boston College alumni and friends with a mission to service the Name, Image and Likeness needs of Eagles student-athletes through community-oriented non-profit organizations.
More About Heading Home
Heading Home provides a supportive pathway to self-sufficiency by utilizing evidence-based case management strategies that enhance economic and social mobility. Heading Home’s unique housing-plus-services approach has yielded a 17-year 90% success rate of clients remaining permanently housed. Last year, fiscal year 2022, 97% of the households that moved out of shelter maintained their housing success for one year and beyond.