A Community Comes Together
For the second straight year Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) canceled FoodFest, our signature fundraiser, due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic. In its place, we planned small donor receptions featuring some of our longtime FoodFest restaurant partners.
Since the start of the pandemic, our monthly operating costs have increased significantly. We are filled with hope that our community will continue to come together for our neighbors in need.
If you are interested in becoming a Supporter, please contact FBMS Corporate & Foundations Relations Specialist Brendan Monahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 508-427-6448 x2286.
Thank you to our 2021 Supporters for helping provide care to our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
If you are interested in learning more about supporting our mission, contact Brendan Monahan, Corporate & Foundation Relations Specialist, at 508-427-6448 x2286 or email email@example.com.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Webb
Mr. and Ms. Ernest C. Hill
Ms. Carol A. Jameson
Protecting Our Most Vulnerable
During the darkest days of the pandemic, our community rallied together to protect our neighbors experiencing homelessness, many of whom are elderly or immunocompromised.
Together, with our Heroes of Hope, we have saved lives.
• Opened up satellite shelters in Quincy and Brockton, making social distancing possible for guests.
• Began regular COVID-19 testing of guests and staff.
• Began distributing essentials, including food, PPE, personal hygiene and cleaning products, to all participants in need.
• Held our Campaign for Hope, raising more than $1.15 million to help us prepare for the winter surge of the virus.
• Opened up seasonal satellite shelter at a hotel in Plymouth.
• On Thanksgiving, expanded meal-delivery program and provided 1,000 meals to our neighbors in need.
• Provided holiday brunches to shelter guests and delivered gifts to participants in need.
• Secured acquisition loan to convert Brockton hotel into 69 permanent supportive housing units.
• Began working with healthcare partners to administer COVID-19 vaccine to guests and staff.
• Formed a new Triage department, investing in additional street outreach and homelessness prevention staff and services.
Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 on FBMS operations
- Doubled size of frontline workforce to staff new shelter locations
- Decreased volunteer workforce and meal donations
- Increased utility costs to power temporary shelter sites
- Increased need and costs for cleaning supplies/services and hygiene products
- Ever-increasing need for personal protective equipment like gloves and masks
Although financial donations give us the most flexibility in responding to this crisis, there are number of ways you can help your neighbors in need during this unprecedented time, such as donating prepared meals, cleaning supplies or PPE. Click here to learn how you can give back.
The food-and-beverage industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider supporting our past FoodFest food & beverage providers as they try to recover from this crisis.
They’ve supported us at FoodFest. Now it’s our time to support them. Consider buying a gift card to donate to FBMS and/or patronizing the following food/beverage providers. Gift cards can be mailed to: FBMS, Attn: Development, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a list of our FoodFest vendors in recent years: