How You Can Help

During this crisis, 260+ people every night continue to rely on our shelters in Quincy and Brockton. We ask that you help us put the word out and/or consider contributing the following essential needs:

      • Become a Hero of Hope. We have launched the Campaign for Hope to help raise funds to support our most vulnerable neighbors in the year ahead. Cash donations provide us the most flexibility to respond to needs as they arise. Click here to learn about our Campaign for Hope. Donations by check can be mailed to: Father Bill’s & MainSpring, Attn: Development, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301
      • We are hiring temporary, part-time, and full-time shelter support staff to help meet a growing need for our services. We’re paying $19/hour during this crisis. Individuals can also volunteer to support our operations. Click here for the job description. To apply, send cover letter resume to employment@helpfbms.org.
      • Prepared meals We’re in need of prepared, serve-ready meals for our shelter sites. Click here for our specific meal needs for each site. Deliveries must be scheduled in advance. Contact Mary Ann Mendes, mmendes@helpfbms.org (508-427-6448 X2283) for available dates and delivery instructions.
        IMPORTANT: Please wear gloves and use care when handling food.
      • Bagged lunches (shelf stable items preferred) Click here to learn more about bagged lunch donations. IMPORTANT: Please wear gloves and use care when handling food.
      • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies – masks, gloves, hand soap, Lysol spray and wipes, toilet paper, paper towels.
      • Travel-size toiletries like shampoo, body wash, etc. for our shelter guests.
      • Toiler paper, hand soap, and bottled water for tenants of our permanent supportive housing properties.

Donations can be sent or delivered to our 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 mmendes@helpfbms.org.

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.
  • Earlier this winter, we stepped up our preventative measures to ensure our vulnerable population is safe, increasing the grade of our cleaning supplies, disinfecting more often, making sanitizer readily available.

We have 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. In Brockton, several tents were erected outside of MainSpring House to serve approximately 60 individuals.

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

Week of July 5-11

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

Week of June 28 – July 4

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

Week of June 21-27

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

Week of June 7-13

WBUR: Pandemic Exacerbates Challenge Of Finding Housing For Homeless Adults

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

Week of May 31-June 6

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

Week of May 17-24

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

Week of May 10-16

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

Week of April 19-26

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

Week of April 5-12

The Patriot Ledger: Quincy hotel to serve as quarantine site

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

Week of March 29-April 4

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

Week of March 22-28

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

Week of March 15-21

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