Providing hope in the age of COVID-19

Our Campaign for Hope raised more than $1.15 million toward our agency’s response to the COVID-19 crisis! That’s more than double our original fundraising goal!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this campaign, which we launched as an alternative to FoodFest this year. The Campaign for Hope ensures that we can continue operating satellite emergency shelters (allowing for social distancing among guests) in the challenging months ahead.

As part of the Campaign for Hope, two anonymous donors from the South Shore offered to match all donations made to FBMS in the month of July, up to $100,000. We’re happy to report that we more than met that target, raising $143,473 toward the Matching Gift Challenge!

Again, THANK YOU to our compassionate community for stepping up and providing hope to our neighbors experiencing homelessness during these unprecedented times.

We still have many challenging months ahead, as we anticipate spending an additional $300,000 per month to protect our neighbors in need. Of that total, $125,000 per month must be raised in private donations. Click here to donate today.

Heroes of Hope

Thank you to our Heroes of Hope 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 bmonahan@helpfbms.org.

Leading Supporters

Heroes of Hope

Charlesbank Homes Foundation

Philip & Deborah Edmundson

Jay & Linda Hooley

John and Mary Corcoran Foundation

The Shaughnessy Family

Anonymous (5)

The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation

Jeffrey Cotto (Vice President, Consultant, Business Insurance, Rogers | Gray)

John C. and Eunice B. Morrison Charitable Foundation

P. Leo and Helen A. Corcoran Foundation

Bill & Katherine Reardon

Kathleen, Joanne and Richard Jr, in honor of their parents, Richard and Virginia Welch

Media Supporters

COVID-19's Impact on FBMS

Protecting Our Most Vulnerable

Our response to the COVID-19 crisis has been rapid and evolving, with the well-being of those we serve the leading, constant priority.

We’ve collaborated with public and private partners, including the City of Quincy, City of Brockton, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Manet Community Health Center, and Boston Health Care for the Homeless, to help protect the health of our guests and staff.

Late Winter: Increased preventative measures at shelters, disinfecting more often, making hand sanitizer readily available.

Early March: Enhanced intake screening processes for our shelter guests and began regular deep cleaning at our sites.

March 12: Suspended volunteer operations and visitors at shelter locations.

Mid-March: Consulted with peers in Washington and New York to understand best practices. They recommended creating additional shelter space to make social distancing possible for guests.

Late March: Began testing of shelter guests and staff at MainSpring House in Brockton.

April 1: Opened up a satellite shelter at the South Shore YMCA branch in Quincy.

April 6: Opened up heated temporary shelter tents adjacent to MainSpring House.

April 9: Began testing of Quincy shelter guests. Guests are tested and brought to a local hotel to quarantine while awaiting test results.

June: Opened satellite shelter sites at hotels in Quincy and Brockton, replacing the temporary sites operated at South Shore YMCA and temporary tents.

Early results indicate that these measures have been effective in reducing spread across the population we serve.

The road ahead is long but we are filled with hope that our community will continue to come together to care for our neighbors in need.

Impact of COVID-19 on FBMS operations

  • Increased need and costs for cleaning supplies/services and hygiene products
  • Decreased volunteer workforce and meal donations
  • Increased utility costs to power temporary shelter sites
  • Ever-increasing need for personal protective equipment like gloves and masks
  • Doubled size of frontline workforce to staff new shelter locations
  • Increased hourly wages of essential frontline staff

Keeping our shelter doors open and our facilities safe during this crisis has resulted in an additional $125,000 each month that must be met privately.

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.

Support our FoodFest Food/Beverage Providers

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 info@helpfbms.org.

 

Here’s a list of our FoodFest vendors in recent years: