Compassionate. It might be the most commonly used word to describe the network of employees, volunteers, and donors who serve as the heartbeat of our mission to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts.

But there’s another word that’s often overlooked, but equally as important, which describes Father Bill’s & MainSpring’s (FBMS) efforts to ensure the long-term health and stability of our communities. That word is: cost-effective.

At FBMS, we’re providing innovative solutions that improve the lives of our neighbors — and at significant savings to the taxpayer. In this report, you’ll read three stories that demonstrate how our upfront investments brought hope to individuals and families, while also producing public cost savings.

On a larger scale, we have made progress with our strategic plan goals, all of which come with long-term economic benefits. Our new family programs model is helping more families end, or avoid, their homelessness; we’re creating more permanent, supportive housing; and our community relations program has helped inform the public about our ambitious plan to reduce the need for emergency shelter by opening a Housing Resource Center.

Our ability to achieve these goals is only as strong as our support system, and we’re grateful to have a group of forward-thinking doers at our side. We hope we can continue to count on you to help strengthen our neighborhoods, one life at a time.

Success Stories

Prevention Program Helps Stoughton Couple Avoid Shelter

Luella and her bedridden husband were on the verge of homelessness last spring when Father Bill’s & MainSpring stepped in and helped the Stoughton couple stay put until they found a more affordable apartment. The couple continues to face health challenges, but they remain grateful that they’ve been able to avoid shelter and have their own home.

Brockton Woman Worked Hard to Keep Family Out of Shelter

Lucie prides herself on being a hard-working, independent single mother who can take care of her family without outside financial assistance. But when her family suddenly became homeless in late 2016, she was grateful she could turn to FBMS for help retaining her belongings while she paid to move her family into housing.

Once Chronically Homeless, Quincy Man Feels Revitalized

Michael, at 47 years old, is finally starting to feel like he fits in. For most of his adulthood, he abused alcohol to treat his depression and this led to long stretches of homelessness and regular trips to the ER. But today Michael is feeling revitalized, living in his own spacious apartment in his hometown of Quincy.

FBMS is committed to ending and preventing homelessness in Southern Massachusetts with a range of programs that provide emergency and permanent housing and help people obtain skills, jobs, housing, and supportive services. We help people who are struggling with homelessness or are at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency.