Quincy celebrates ‘transformative moment’ in the fight to end homelessness

FBMS previews nearly completed Yawkey Housing Resource Center

The ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Yawkey Housing Resource Center was held on June 15, 2023. Left to right: FBMS Chief Operating Officer April Connolly, FBMS Board Chair Dr. Michael Kryzanek, FBMS Board Member Mary Catherine Finn, Arbella Insurance Group President & CEO John Donohue, FBMS Board Member and Arbella Insurance Group Board Member Liz Kim, Quincy resident Debbie Griffin, Councilor-At-Large Noel DiBona, Mayor Tom Koch, FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski, Ward 1 Councilor David McCarthy, Yawkey Foundation CEO Maureen Bleday, House Speaker Ron Mariano, and Rockland Trust Senior Vice President & Boston Lending Center Manager John Quintal.

[QUINCY, Mass., June 15, 2023] Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a regional leader of services to prevent and end homelessness, is nearing the opening of its innovative Yawkey Housing Resource Center, which will house a new service-delivery model that community and business leaders say could serve as a national model in the effort to end homelessness.

Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, House Speaker Ron Mariano, Arbella Insurance Group President & CEO John Donohue, and Yawkey Foundation CEO Maureen Bleday were among the more than 200 community members who attended a ribbon-cutting event Thursday, June 15, 2023 to celebrate the upcoming opening of the Yawkey Housing Resource Center.

The $26 million development, set to open by early fall, includes two new buildings totaling 36,000 square feet, comprised of a day center, an emergency shelter, and 30 efficiency apartments. The day center is a new offering for FBMS that will provide wraparound supports, re-housing services, and co-located services designed to reduce the overall reliance on overnight shelter among individual adults facing a housing crisis.

“This is a transformative moment not only for our mission at Father Bill’s & MainSpring, but also for the South Shore, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the greater fight to end homelessness,” said John Yazwinski, President & CEO of FBMS. “Our bold vision, more than 10 years in the making, is becoming a reality thanks to our generous public and private partners. We are truly grateful to be part of such a compassionate community that is willing to advocate for — and invest in — proactive, housing-based solutions that create a path home for our neighbors experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.”

FBMS has raised $9.8 million of its $10 million private fundraising goal toward the Yawkey Housing Resource Center. FBMS is also looking to raise an additional $1 million to help build a new HRC in Brockton that replicates the Quincy development. Individuals and businesses interested in supporting the Quincy and Brockton HRCs can contact FBMS Chief Development Officer Catie Reilly at cmreilly@helpfbms.org or visit pathhome.helpfbms.org.

Supporters of Yawkey Housing Resource Center

Public Funders: Administration of Governor Maura Healey & Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll - Department of Housing and Community Development, Executive Office of Health and Human Services; City of Quincy; Quincy Affordable Housing Trust Committee; Quincy Housing Authority; Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation; Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC); MassHousing; Property Casualty Initiative; Rockland Trust; MetroHousing/Boston.

Private Funders: Alvarium Foundation; Arbella Insurance Foundation; Kathi & Bryce Blair; Boselli Family; Patricia Conway; Dedham Savings Community Foundation; John Donohue & Frances Robinson; Eastern Bank Foundation; Deborah & Philip Edmundson; The Flatley Foundation; Gemma Family; Jack Conway; John and Mary Corcoran Foundation; Lisa Lenon & William Stanton; McKim Family; William Murphy; Pineau Family; Quincy Mutual Group; Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation; Rotary Club of Weymouth; South Shore Bank; Jack & Kay Spurr; Vercollone Family; Yawkey Foundation.

Development Team: Property Manager and Service Provider - Father Bill’s & MainSpring; Development Consultant & Owner’s Project Manager - NeighborWorks Housing Solutions; Architect - The Narrow Gate Architecture; General Contractor - Dellbrook | JKS; Project Attorneys - Hackett Feinberg, P.C., Matera, Vopat, Matera & Johnson, P.C.

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About Father Bill’s & MainSpring

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) is the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts. The agency, founded in the early 1980s by a group of interfaith and community leaders, helps more than 5,000 people annually who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. FBMS, a proud partner of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton and program offices throughout Southern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.helpfbms.org.