Hope for Housing
Shopping Card Program
Purchase a shopping card for Stop & Shop, Hannaford, or CVS. You get the full value of the card. The appropriate store in turn donates 5% of all sales to Hope for Housing Central Massachusetts to assist families at risk of becoming homeless. The program is administered through the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance.
The fastest growing homeless population is children. It has been demonstrated that children who are homeless experience deflated self-worth, diminished school achievement, and related health and emotional issues. Prevention of homelessness is the most cost effective and least disruptive approach to ending family homelessness.
Hope for Housing prevents families from becoming homeless by providing subsidies for rental or utility arrearage, rental deposits or heating. For an average of $545 a family can be helped over a rough spot and avoid becoming homeless. In contrast, Massachusetts pays $80 per ight to house a homeless family in a hotel room with no cooking facility. Most families stay for six to eight months, costing the state an average of about $8,500 per family! 1700 Massachusetts families were living in motels in December 2012.
By purchasing these shopping cards you can make a significant difference to families in need. It is a win-win program!
Shopping cards can be purchased Sunday morning following worship (11:30am) or in the church office Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11am-2pm