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Name : Mikayla MacKinnon

Title: Stabilization Manager

FBMS Tenure: 4.5 years

Why is the mission important to you: I believe that everyone should have their own place to call home. Having your own place to call home is key to feeling safe and secure. Amid this housing crisis, it’s essential to have entities like FBMS advocating and effecting change. To be a part of that mission is truly an honor.

A story experience from your work at FBMS that has stayed with you: I will never forget the first time I was able to give someone keys to their new home. It was during the COVID-19 pandemic and the individual had been in shelter for 3-years. He was quite nervous about his first night in housing so I went out and bought him a boombox to help with the deafening silence you can experience when entering housing from shelter. In that moment, I was able to start earning his trust and became a safe person during the transition. I consider myself very fortunate to have been a part of that experience.

What does the word “Home” mean to you: “Home” is a place where you can always feel safe, somewhere to make your own, and the foundation to help individuals and families build their lives.

Hometown: Quincy, MA

Fun fact about you: Singing is one of my favorite hobbies!

Name: Guissela Mariluz

Title: Stabilization Manager

FBMS Tenure: 2 years

Why is the mission important to you: The mission is important to me because it encompasses everything that should be ethically granted to every human who is in a high-risk situation, to be able to thrive.

A story experience from your work at FBMS that has stayed with you: Love the challenge that connecting with a participant that is extremely guarded, brings because it shows them how despite how much they might try to push their Case Manager’s away, they will unconditionally still be there to help them once they feel ready.

What does the word “Home” mean to you: Home is the place someone arrives at the end of a long day, where you are able to just be and where you can feel safe being.

Hometown: Boston

Fun fact about you: I really enjoy (Love!) cleaning and organizing.  The way to my heart is a good pastry.

Name: LaWanda McClorin

Title: Stabilization Manager

FBMS Tenure: over 1 year

Why is the mission important to you: This Mission is important to me, because it is important to be a part of the solution, to be a part of a mission that is bigger than yourself, because no one is exempt from life’s curve balls.

A story experience from your work at FBMS that has stayed with you: The story that will forever stay with me is when and longtime resident of Father Bill's and Mainspring was able to put her fears and not know of her future, on top of all her hesitations. I witnessed this tough person making a choice to be vulnerable with me for her to move forward and believe me it was a giant leap for her, and I told her that I am humble by her trusting me enough to help her move into her own place on May 1st. We must continue to push forward.  Thank you.

What does the word “Home” mean to you: When I think about home, I think of a place where all is welcome, no one is turned away by race or gender, home is being a part of a community, doesn’t matter the size, everyone brings something to the community, words, wisdom, experience.  Home is bigger than a place, it’s our hearts.

Hometown: Dorchester, MA BORN AND RAISED

Fun fact about you: I LIVE OUT THE BOX EVERY DAY THAT I AM GIVING GRACE, I RIDE THIS WAVE OF LIFE AND APPRECIATE ALL THE PEOPLE I MEET ALONG THE WAY. I WENT TO THE BRUINS GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME AND HAD A BLAST.  NOW THAT’S LIVING OUT THE BOX LOL!!

THANK YOU!

Name: Ashley Trowers

Title: Stabilization Manager North

FBMS Tenure: 4 years

Why is the mission important to you: I know the work we do is never easy, it’s a broad spectrum of helping our community and remaining optimistic that everything will work out for the best for them. And most importantly ending their homelessness.

A story experience from your work at FBMS that has stayed with you: Being apart of the biggest openings thus far at FBMS which is the Yawkey Human Resource Center “HRC” and Broad Street Housing.

What does the word “Home” mean to you: A place of peace and tranquility.

Hometown: Dorchester

Fun fact about you: I make the best BBQ chicken you have every tasted!

 

Volunteer Spotlight

On June 9, 2022, longtime FBMS volunteer Bobby O’Hayre passed away. For many years, Bobby played an integral role in our annual Thanksgiving Community Meal in Quincy.

We are touched that Bobby's family named FBMS as the beneficiary of tribute donations in Bobby's honor. His daughter, Meredith O’Hayre-McCarthy, was kind enough to contribute the following information about her father.

YOUR DAD'S FULL NAME/NICKNAMES: Robert "Bobby" O'Hayre

HIS HOMETOWN: Cohasset, Mass.

HIS FAMILY: Wife Dayle Dickinson; Daughter Meredith O'Hayre-McCarthy; Son Patrick O'Hayre; grandchildren Timothy O'Hayre, Frances McCarthy, Brenna McCarthy.

HIS FIRST INVOLVEMENT WITH FBMS: To my knowledge, Dad began volunteering with Father Bill's about 15 years ago helping to coordinate the transportation of meals on Thanksgiving day.

HIS IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY: My dad was always the first to help someone in need; we really tried to emphasize that in his obituary. Through his involvement in his work with Alcoholics Anonymous, he served as a mentor to many.

In his work with Father Bill's, he often did the unglamorous work — transporting vegetables from Weir River Farm in Hingham and bringing it to FBMS so clients could enjoy fresh produce, bringing doughnuts on Sundays. He told a funny story about bringing a FBMS client to CVS on Thanksgiving Day — driving around for a long time looking for a location open on a holiday while they exchanged stories.

Dad could (and did!) talk to anyone, and when he heard of a need, he tried to meet it.

WHY DID YOUR DAD DECIDE TO SUPPORT FBMS: My dad recognized that any one of us is one bump in the road from finding ourselves on shaky ground. He didn't see the clients of FBMS as any different than the rest of us — he gave help where he could.

WHAT DID “HOME” MEAN TO YOUR DAD: My dad was a hard worker, and he wore many hats in both his professional and personal life. To Dad, home was a place of peace and respite — where he could enjoy time with his family or simply put up his feet with his cats and his favorite ice cream to enjoy watching golf, the Patriots, or the Red Sox on TV.

Dad had many homes in his life — he left the South Shore right after graduating from high school and his work as a commercial fisherman brought him to shores all over the world. Home wasn't necessarily a place to Dad. Rather, it was a feeling. A place where he could decompress and have a quiet moment, or a chat and a laugh with a loved one.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR DAD: When my brother and I were little, we would have offered such fun facts that he could jump over our house, or that he watched the Civil War from the balcony of his childhood home — both tall tales he told us that we repeated in our own elementary schools. In the real world, though, there are many to choose from.

The most legendary among our family is that when he was a swordfish boat captain, his ship was boarded by pirates and he and his crew narrowly escaped with their lives. It wasn't the Civil War, but the story does go down in the annals of our family history.