For 35+ years, our mission has always been about saving lives. Never was it more true than last year when COVID-19 arrived.

From the very start of the crisis, our network of donors, volunteers, and community partners stepped up to ensure that our neighbors experiencing homelessness were safe and cared for. Through so many uncertainties brought on by the pandemic, the commitment from supporters like you was a constant.

The pandemic created a dramatic shift in how we operate, leading to a significant increase in operational expenses. Our supporters answered the call, helping provide the extra space, staffing, materials, and infrastructure needed to protect our guests, many of whom are elderly or immunocompromised.

Our most urgent priority was depopulating our emergency shelters and providing beds, hot meals, and vital services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. However, we never wavered from our overall objective of ending homelessness, not just managing it.

Throughout the pandemic, we continued investing in our homelessness prevention and diversion programs and in new permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals, families, and Veterans.

Without people like you, we couldn’t have advanced our long-term goals while also meeting the immediate and ever-changing challenges at our front door.

The road ahead is daunting, as we try to recover from unprecedented public health and economic crises. But we move forward with hope and optimism because of supporters like you. Last year was proof that together we can get through anything.

Joshua, an Army Veteran, was one of our first guests to contract COVID-19. Your support made it possible for him to safely recover and then move into a home of his own.

Jennessa and her kids had exited homelessness and were in a home of their own by the time COVID-19 arrived. “There are great people in the world who helped,” she said.

Patsy never imagined she’d be sleeping outside next to a dumpster. In time for winter, she found safe shelter, hot meals, and a pathway to self-sufficiency — thanks to you.

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.