How You Can Help

During this crisis, more than 250 individuals and 130 families continue to rely on our shelters every night. We ask that you help us put the word out and/or consider contributing the following essential needs:

      • Become a Hero of Hope. Cash donations provide us the most flexibility to respond to needs as they arise. Click here to donate online. Donations by check can be mailed to: Father Bill’s & MainSpring, Attn: Development, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301.
      • Prepared meals We’re in need of prepared, serve-ready meals for our shelter sites in Brockton and Quincy. Click here for our specific meal needs for each site. Deliveries must be scheduled in advance. Contact volunteer@helpfbms.org for available dates and delivery instructions.
      • We are hiring for a range of positions across our agency. Click here to view our job openings. To apply, send cover letter resume to employment@helpfbms.org.
      • Bagged lunches (shelf stable items preferred) Click here to learn more about bagged lunch donations.
      • In-kind donationsClick here to order high-need items for our program participants from our Amazon Wish List.

Donations can be sent or delivered to our individual shelter sites, Father Bill’s Place (38 Broad Street, Quincy) and MainSpring House (54 N. Main Street, Brockton), or to our administrative offices at 430 Belmont Street in Brockton. All donations must be coordinated in advance of delivery, and donations can be picked up at your vehicles by staff at these locations. To schedule a delivery, email volunteer@helpfbms.org.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L03w3grTnqo” align=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUKJiLPrXug&t” align=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Protecting Our Most Vulnerable

Based on guidance from public health organizations, and out of an abundance of caution for the vulnerable population we serve, FBMS has implemented the following guidelines and procedures at our shelter sites in order to limit any potential exposure of COVID-19 to our shelter guests:

  • FBMS has implemented an enhanced, thorough intake screening process to our shelter guests on a nightly basis to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our buildings.
  • Until further notice, no outside individuals/groups are allowed to enter our sites.
  • Community lunch service will be suspended until further notice and bagged lunches will be provided to shelter guests. This will allow our operations teams to use daytime hours to adequately and safely prepare for our evening intake process and shelter hours.

Early in the pandemic, we partnered with public officials and local organizations to open temporary shelter sites to help depopulate Father Bill’s Place in Quincy and MainSpring House in Brockton. For example, in Quincy, the gymnasium inside the South Shore YMCA Quincy branch provided extra space and additional amenities to approximately 50 guests from Father Bill’s Place from April to June 2020. In Brockton, several tents were erected outside of MainSpring House to serve approximately 60 individuals.

In June 2020, in partnership with local officials we began operating satellite shelter sites at hotels in Quincy and Brockton, replacing the sites previously located at South Shore YMCA and in temporary tents. We have purchased the Brockton hotel we are utilizing in order to convert the property into permanent supportive housing for 69 individuals experiencing homelessness.

We are committed to operating satellite sites for the duration of this crisis. By opening up new sites, there’s more space for guests and staff to follow social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC and we have the flexibility to open up quarantine sites, if necessary.

We work with an immunodeficient population, including many elders, who are among the most vulnerable members of our community. Any virus, whether it’s the seasonal flu or coronavirus, can have an especially devastating impact on our shelter population, so it’s our responsibility to take every step needed to protect those we serve.

We hope you will keep this vulnerable population in mind as we move through these unprecedented times.

In The News

Quincy Access Television: John Yazwinski on “Currently in Quincy”

CommonWealth Magazine: Our shelter system in Mass. is falling short

GBH/Boston Public Radio: Hundreds of new supportive housing units to open in Boston area

WBUR: Homelessness nonprofit’s hotel-to-housing conversion welcomes first tenants

Planning Magazine: Struggling hotel becomes housing for individuals experiencing homelessness

The Patriot Ledger: COVID, cold weather fill every bed at Father Bill’s homeless shelter in Quincy

The Enterprise: ‘A perfect storm:’ Brockton rental crisis leaves scores facing homelessness

The Enterprise: Father Bill’s & MainSpring delivers Thanksgiving meals to locals in need

Massnonprofit News: FBMS receives $2 million from Yawkey Foundation for HRC

The Patriot Ledger: Father Bill’s breaks ground on Yawkey Housing Resource Center

Quincy Access Television: Coverage of Yawkey Housing Resource Center Groundbreaking

The Patriot Ledger: Construction to start this winter on Yawkey Housing Resource Center

Quincy Access Television: John Yazwinski on “Currently in Quincy”

Brockton Community Access: Coverage of Roadway Apartments event in Brockton

The Enterprise: Old hotel sees new life as apartments for homeless

Patch: Massachusetts launches first hotel-to-housing conversion project for homeless

The Boston Globe: Former Brockton hotel to become housing for homeless

Quincy Access Television: John Yazwinski on “Currently in Quincy”

The Brockton Enterprise: Beth Israel Lahey Health supports FBMS’ hotel conversion

The Berkshire Eagle: Senate committee examines inequalities, pandemic-driven trends

State House News Service: Gov. Baker hoping for post-pandemic housing boom

The Patriot Ledger: Gov. Baker in Quincy to announce $4 million for Father Bill’s project

MassLive: Massachusetts awards $4 million to Quincy Housing Resource Center

WGBH Radio 89.7 FM: John Yazwinski on WGBH’s “In It Together”

State House News Service: Pandemic served new lessons in caring for homeless

The Boston Globe: John Yazwinski: Underutilized hotels can help curtail homelessness

WPLM Easy 99.1 FM: April Connolly appears on “South of Boston”

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Shelters lack space for homeless as winter arrives

WBUR: FBMS plans to convert hotel shelter into permanent housing

Old Colony Memorial: Plymouth homeless shelter opens for winter

The Brockton Enterprise: Father Bill’s in Brockton switches to meal pickup for Thanksgiving dinner

The Patriot Ledger: Father Bill’s in Quincy switches to delivery for Thanksgiving dinner

Quincy Access Television: John Yazwinski on “AM Quincy”

The Patriot Ledger: Father Bill’s & MainSpring raises $1.15 million in response to COVID-19 crisis

MassNonprofit News: Father Bill’s raises $1.15 million in special campaign, beats goal

The Patriot Ledger: Father Bill’s & MainSpring gives annual award to staff

The Hingham Journal: Frontline staff at FBMS recognized for COVID-19 service

The Hingham Journal: Two Hingham donors offer $100,000 matching gift to FBMS

Quincy Access Television (QATV): John Yazwinski on “Currently in Quincy”

The Brockton Enterprise: FBMS receives critical $150,000 donation from Yawkey Foundation

The Patriot Ledger: Canceled events due to COVID-19 mean millions lost for non-profits

The Brockton Enterprise: Tents gone in downtown; homeless guests moved to hotel

WBUR: Pandemic Exacerbates Challenge Of Finding Housing For Homeless Adults

Hingham Anchor: FBMS launches Campaign for Hope as alternative to FoodFest

The Patriot Ledger: FBMS launches campaign to support COVID-19 response

WCVB Channel 5: Quincy boy sends handwritten note to Father Bill’s Place

WHDH Channel 7: Milton church creating bag lunches for local shelter

WBUR: FBMS CEO John Yazwinski on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

The Brockton Enterprise: Bank of America gives boost to Brockton shelter during coronavirus crisis

The Patriot Ledger: Quincy hotel to serve as quarantine site

The Brockton Enterprise: Brockton shelter has extra space, but still faces challenges

WBZ Radio: Brockton builds tents to shelter homeless

The Brockton Enterprise: Heated tents going up for Brockton homeless amid coronavirus pandemic

The Patriot Ledger: Quincy YMCA to serve as secondary homeless shelter

Quincy Access Television (QATV): John Yazwinski on AM Quincy

WATD Radio: COVID-19 Presents Additional Challenges For Local Homeless Population

The Boston Globe: Father Bill’s & MainSpring seeks financial help amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Boston Globe: Homeless shelters work to stay afloat as coronavirus worries increase

The Boston Globe: How to protect the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic

The Patriot Ledger: Father Bill’s in Quincy copes with close quarters, loss of community meals during coronavirus crisis

The Brockton Enterprise: Packed Brockton homeless shelter calls for National Guard to help with coronavirus crisis

WBZ Radio: Coronavirus shutdowns leave homeless with nowhere to go