The homeless, whose numbers increase daily, have been cast as the losers in our society - a society that increasingly focuses on the big winners. We must not accept the inevitability of homelessness for any of our citizens. The visibility of their suffering must move us to end the atmosphere of alienation and disaffection in which the homeless try to survive. As we move into the 21st century, we must focus on these goals.
We can do that by pooling our efforts to ease and even end the horror of the men, women and children who are without a place to live, without adequate food and clothing, and without basic health care.
This Guide to Donating and Volunteering in Boston Area Shelters and Food Service Programs is a directory of four essential needs: food, clothing, furniture and volunteer hours.
This Third Edition of the Guide, which features a 1992 Addendum of new listings at the end of the book, represents the continuing efforts and many hours of members of the Boston Society of Architects Task Force to End Homelessness. These volunteers have given of themselves because they have recognized the need for architects and their affiliates to pool their resources and energies in meeting the crisis of homelessness. We would also like to acknowledge the particular support of Shawmut Bank NA, Consolidated Printing Inc. of Stoughton, and Cool-Comp Inc. of Boston who have been our steadfast allies since we began.
Thanks to the efforts of Task Force members to distribute it, and the willingness of merchants and institutions like the Public Library system to display it, the Guide appears to be working, and inspiring similar efforts elsewhere in the U. S. and Canada.
Many people are interested in helping the hungry and homeless. This guide provides information on where to donate clothing, furniture, food, etc. so that the donations will be put to good use. The guide also provides information for potential volunteers on ways they can help in shelters and feeding programs. Most volunteers do not need any special skills. The volunteers that help every day in Boston - serving meals, sorting clothing, babysitting so mothers can find an apartment - are the reason for the success of many programs. I want to thank all of you who volunteer for showing us wonderful examples of commitment and compassion. You truly make a difference.
The BSA Task Force to End Homelessness understands that this directory has not included all of the shelters/food service organizations in the Greater Boston Area. Some organizations did not respond to our questionnaire, and there are others we do not know about.
If you know of any organization that should be included in this online directory, please have them contact the BSA Task Force to End Homelessness or send an email to David Pearson at Shawmut Education.