It’s hard to solve a problem if the public doesn’t fully grasp its magnitude. It’s vitally important we raise awareness about the issues impacting the most vulnerable members of our community, and that we share the innovative ways Father Bill’s & MainSpring is trying to prevent and end homelessness – and how the public can help.

FBMS in the News


Work starts in Randolph on apartments for homeless Veterans
The Boston Globe, October 8, 2019

Stoughton shelter sees huge renovation thanks to volunteers
The Enterprise, October 5, 2019

Randolph digs in to help homeless Veterans
Randolph Herald, October 4, 2019

Wake-Up Call: Randolph Home for Veterans
WCVB Channel 5, October 4, 2019

Randolph: Groundbreaking held on housing for homeless Veterans
WATD 95.9 FM, October 4, 2019

Mass Governor joins groundbreaking for Randolph home for Veterans
The Patriot Ledger & The Brockton Enterprise, October 3, 2019

Newsmaker: John Yazwinski, advocate on a mission to end homelessness
The Patriot Ledger, September 20, 2019

Father Bill’s & MainSpring raises more than $350,000 at 25th FoodFest
The Hingham Anchor, August 1, 2019

Father Bill’s & MainSpring’s 25th FoodFest held in Hingham
WATD 95.9 FM, July 31, 2019

Father Bill’s & MainSpring hosts 25th FoodFest
The Patriot Ledger, July 31, 2019

Father Bill’s & MainSpring’s FoodFest returns to Hingham Shipyard
The Hingham Anchor, July 16, 2019

Father Bill’s to honor Burke family at FoodFest
The Patriot Ledger, July 11, 2019

Group targets homelessness by preventing evictions
The Patriot Ledger, June 26, 2019

Providing eviction relief, program aims to stem Brockton homelessness
The Enterprise, June 26, 2019

John Yazwinski on AM Quincy with Joe Catalano
QATV, June 25, 2019

Plans proceed for veterans housing in Randolph
The Randolph Herald, June 4, 2019

Harvard Kennedy School students volunteer at Sheila McIntyre House in Quincy
The Quincy Sun, May 23, 2019

State announces funding to support FBMS veterans home in Randolph
The Patriot Ledger, May 9, 2019

Career fair brings jobs to people who have experienced homelessness
The Patriot Ledger, May 1, 2019

FBMS Service Director on The Harborview
Harbor Media, April 14, 2019

Interview with leaders from Coalition for Homeless Individuals
OA on Air Podcast, March 29, 2019

The Patriot Ledger’s Special Report on the rise in homelessness on the South Shore
PART 1: Emergency shelter in Quincy sees spike in guest totals (March 2, 2019)
PART 2: More families and elders have no place to call home
(March 4, 2019)
PART 3: Quincy’s luxury housing boom leaves many behind (March 5, 2019)

FBMS receives state grant to help end young adult homelessness
The Daily Free Press (Boston University), February 6, 2019

Baker-Polito administration awards grant to FBMS to help end young adult homelessness
Cape & Plymouth Business, February 1, 2019

Brockton apartments give new hope to formerly homeless
The Boston Globe, January 16, 2019

CEO John Yazwinski discusses the mission to end homelessness
CatholicTV, January 15, 2019

Veterans struggling with homelessness
Lowell Sun, January 1, 2019


Homeless for the holidays: Local shelter, region overwhelmed
The Enterprise, December 20, 2018

Local shelters see spike in homelessness
The Patriot Ledger, December 20, 2018

Father Bill’s gives everyone a chance to do some holiday shopping
The Patriot Ledger, December 20, 2018

Number of homeless people in MA is up 14 percent
The Boston Globe, December 19, 2018

FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski: No time to be on the street
The Patriot Ledger, December 18, 2018

Vietnam War vet experiencing homelessness gets assist from FBMS
Faces of HUD, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 13, 2018

Air Force veteran gets Helping Hands to lift himself out of homelessness
The Enterprise, December 13, 2018

Plymouth Overnights of Hospitality opens for those in need of shelter
Old Colony Memorial, November 24, 2018

Quincy Thanksgiving dinner puts needy “in the center”
The Patriot Ledger, November 23, 2018

FBMS gets $25K grant to connect homeless individuals with job skills
The Patriot Ledger, Friday, November 16, 2018

Veterans helped by FBMS interviewed on “This is New England”
NBC10 Boston, Sunday, November 11, 2018

Brockton celebrates new housing for formerly homeless veterans
The Enterprise, Friday, October 26, 2018

FBMS opens new housing to help end homelessness
WBUR 90.9 FM, Thursday, October 25, 2018

Veterans housing facility in Weymouth serves as model for state
The Patriot Ledger, October 13, 2018

FBMS celebrates completion of renovations at MainSpring House
The Boston Globe, September 19, 2018

Father Bill’s & MainSpring receives $10,000 grant
WATD 95.9 FM, August 13, 2018

Family cookout in Brockton features special guests
The Enterprise, August 11, 2018

Brockton-based charity receives grant to help homeless moms
The Enterprise, August 10, 2018

Father Bill’s & MainSpring event raises more than $335K
MassNonprofit News, August, 8, 2018

FBMS holds 24th annual FoodFest
The Patriot Ledger, August 1, 2018

A Better Place: Mandela fellows visit FBMS properties
Bridgewater State University News Feature, July 30, 2018

FoodFest returns to support Father Bill’s & MainSpring
The Patriot Ledger, July 22, 2018

Conway charity golf raises over $15,000 for the homeless, July 3, 2018

Brockton nonprofit erects another building for homeless veterans
The Enterprise, June 26, 2018

Inaugural Run for Love 5K to honor Brockton dad, raise money for FBMS
The Enterprise, June 22, 2018

How to Solve Homelessness
CommonWealth Magazine, June 15, 2018

PHOTOS: 2nd-graders donate 1,332 lunches to Brockton shelter
The Enterprise, May 30, 2018

In East Bridgewater, students are hungry to help homeless
The Enterprise, May 18, 2018

24th annual FoodFest returning to Hingham shipyard
The Patriot Ledger, May 12, 2018

Harvard students volunteer at Quincy home for vets
The Quincy Sun, May 10, 2018

Braintree salon offers haircuts for homeless residents
The Patriot Ledger, April 20, 2018

FBMS part of Quincy’s Community Development Week
The Patriot Ledger, March 29, 2018

South Shore non-profit hires new Chief Development Officer
The Patriot Ledger, March 15, 2018

Former NHL star visits Brockton shelter to share message of hope
WATD 95.9 FM, February 27, 2018

Brockton homeless advocate reacts to level federal funding
The Enterprise, January 12, 2018

Bitter cold pushing shelters beyond capacity
WBUR 90.9 FM, January 3, 2018


South Shore homeless urged to come into shelter
WATD 95.9 FM, December 28, 2017

Christmas spirit at Father Bill’s Place in Quincy
The Patriot Ledger, December 21, 2017

Shelter program for Plymouth’s homeless opens for season
Old Colony Memorial, December 2, 2017

A Helping Hand for Brockton’s homeless
The Enterprise, November 30, 2017

Plymouth shelter in need of volunteers
Old Colony Memorial, November 24, 2017

Father Bill’s feeds hundreds in Quincy on Thanksgiving
The Patriot Ledger, November 24, 2017

At Brockton homeless shelter, a filling Thanksgiving
The Enterprise, November 24, 2017

Quincy students prepare turkeys for homeless, needy
The Patriot Ledger, November 21, 2017

Yawkey Foundations fund elevator at Brockton homeless shelter
The Enterprise, November 2, 2017

CPA trifecta in Wareham: Housing, Open Space, and Recreation
Community Preservation Coalition, November 2, 2017

Building a bridge between corporate and community: John Yazwinski
Bentley Magazine, October 30, 2017

FBMS hosts Workforce Development Career Fair & Celebration
The Patriot Ledger, October 27, 2017

Father Bill’s Place staying put, moving forward 
The Patriot Ledger, October 7, 2017

Homeless service agency buys house from Hingham church
The Patriot Ledger, October 6, 2017

Home Depot chipping in on veterans housing in Brockton
The Enterprise, September 28, 2017

Father Bill’s & MainSpring benefits from Scituate resident’s efforts
Scituate Mariner, September 7, 2017

Brockton cookout offers summer fun to families in need
The Enterprise, August 17, 2017

More Hingham affordable housing opportunities explored
The Hingham Journal, August 15, 2017

Father Bill’s & MainSpring raises $320,000 via annual FoodFest
MassNonprofit News, August, 9, 2017

FBMS raises $320,000 at annual FoodFest 
The Boston Globe, July 26, 2017

Hingham: Annual FoodFest raises funds for Father Bill’s & MainSpring
WATD 95.9 FM, July 26, 2017

Father Bill’s & MainSpring holds 23rd annual FoodFest
The Patriot Ledger, July 25, 2017

Rust House in downtown Hingham is home
The Hingham Journal, July 20, 2017

FoodFest at Hingham Shipyard will benefit the homeless
The Hingham Journal, July 20, 2017

Father Bill’s & MainSpring to hold its 23rd annual FoodFest fundraiser
The Patriot Ledger, July 20, 2017

Young leaders from Africa tour MainSpring House, Jeff’s Place
The Enterprise, July 11, 2017

Clipping away for charity: local barbers offer free haircuts to homeless individuals
The Enterprise, July 3, 2017

Healy House in Weymouth can be a model for other parishes
The Boston Pilot, June 23, 2017

CPA funds aid 3-pronged Wareham project
New Bedford Standard-Times, June 22, 2017

Celebrating a win-win-win in Wareham
Wicked Local Wareham, June 19, 2017

Housing for homeless, land conservation converge in Wareham
Wareham Week, June 19, 2017

Meet April Connolly of Father Bill’s & MainSpring
BostonVoyager Magazine

Weymouth church’s former rectory becomes housing for homeless individuals
The Patriot Ledger, May 20, 2017

Father Bill’s & MainSpring thanks its volunteers

The Patriot Ledger, May 5, 2017

State funding paves way for housing for homeless in Brockton

The Enterprise, March 28, 2017

Old hospital knocked down to make room for new housing for homeless

The Enterprise, March 18, 2017

HarborOne Bank launches new charitable foundation with donation to FBMS

The Enterprise, March 13, 2017

Sister Miriam Patrice McKeon: A Voice for the Voiceless
The Quincy Sun, March 9, 2017

Funds running low for Massachusetts homeless

State House News Service, February 16, 2017

Plymouth girl campaigns for Valentine’s Day sock donations for the homeless

The Boston Globe, February 15, 2017

Groups of Good Samaritans clean statues in Brockton

The Enterprise, February 10, 2017 

Nonprofit plans 6 new affordable housing units in Wareham

Boston Globe South, February 10, 2017   

Bridgewater Savings Bank donates $5K to Father Bill’s & MainSpring

Wicked Local Bridgewater, February 9, 2017


Brockton church welcomes homeless community on Christmas

The Enterprise, December 25, 2016

For one morning, Quincy homeless shelter becomes Christmas market

The Patriot Ledger, December 21, 2016

Father Bill’s & MainSpring to get nearly $1.5 million in federal grant

GateHouse Media, December 20, 2016

Father Bill’s feeds hundred of hungry South Shore residents on Thanksgiving

The Patriot Ledger, November 24, 2016

Annual Food Fest raises money for Father Bill’s & MainSpring

The Patriot Ledger, July 26, 2016

Father Bill’s staff will get training in use of OD-reversing drug

The Patriot Ledger, July 6, 2016

Homelessness knows no season

WGBH May 26, 2016

Southeastern Massachusetts-based nonprofit to open new housing in Brockton

The Boston Globe, May 26, 2016

East Bridgewater students prepare lunches for Brockton’s homeless
The Enterprise May 24, 2016

Father Bill’s & MainSpring unveils new supportive housing for homeless in Brockton
The Enterprise May 19, 2016 

Brockton’s New Homeless Housing Unveiled
The Enterprise May 19, 2016

A Tipping Point: Shelter Face the Full-Cost Question in Massachusetts as Budget Dips
Nonprofit Quarterly February 29, 2016

Clothes Delivered to Charity
The Patriot Ledger February 29, 2016

Brockton Homeless Shelter Reacts to State Survey on Financing Gap
The Enterprise February 27, 2016

Emergency homeless shelters press state lawmakers for more funding
WWLP 22 News February 25, 2016

SURVEY: State Funding Covers Half the Cost of Homeless Services
State House News Service, February 25, 2016

Father Bill’s & MainSpring Surpasses Fundraising Goal After Receiving $20,000 Grant from Citizens Bank for Workforce Development Program 

February 24, 2016

Helping Homeless Artist Turn Around Their Fortunes
The New York Times, February 17, 2016

Video Gallery

FBMS Through The Years

25th annual FoodFest

Workforce Development

Serving Our Young Adults

Serving Our Neighbors With Physical Disabilities

Serving Our Elders

John Yazwinski: Holistic Approach to Ending Homelessness

April Connolly: More than Shelter

Montello Welcome Home Again Move-in (Part 1)

Montello Welcome Home Again Move-In (Part 2)

Harbor Media Coverage of FoodFest

Bringing Hope to Veterans

Helping Veterans (National Community Development Week)

Tim's Story

WorkExpress & FoodWorks

Building a Legacy through WorkReady Family

Jennifer talks WorkExpress

April Connolly: What Brings Us To Work

HCAM's FoodFest 2017 coverage

Housing Resource Center (Shown at FoodFest 2017)

String Quartet at Father Bill’s Place

John Yazwinski – How We Started

A ‘Thank You’ to FBMS Volunteers 2017

Rob Hale at Quincy Chamber of Commerce

John Yazwinski on Brockton Community Access TV

Finding a Home at Jack’s Place & Patti’s House (Part 1

Finding a Home at Jack’s Place & Patti’s House (Part 2)

Finding a Home at Jack’s Place & Patti’s House (Part 3)

Evelyn House Playground

Debora & Veronica’s Story

Rory’s Story

Tory’s Story

Mike’s Story

Joao’s Story

Erika’s Story

Helping People on the Road to Self-Sufficiency

Douglas’ Story

Sheila’s Story

FoodFest 2013 Montage

FBMS Volunteer Photo Montage

Media Requests

If you’re a reporter or a member of the media working on a story about homelessness, affordable-housing solutions, or public policy related to these issues, you’ll want to speak with Father Bill’s & MainSpring President & CEO John Yazwinski. To schedule an interview with John, please contact Marketing & Communications Specialist Patrick Ronan via phone (office: 508-427-6448 x2220; cell: 508-649-4589) or email (