Michelle (10 years old) ~ Cambridge Family & Children Services
Michelle is a very outgoing and exuberant girl. She and her five sisters have gone through a lot in foster care and had been separated from each other for years. Michelle recently moved in with a relative who will be adopting her and two of her younger sisters together. Michelle is a very expressive and energetic girl who enjoys movies, going to school, and spending time with her family, especially her two sisters who she will get to grow up with. Michelle is so excited to finally have the opportunity to forge new relationships with her family and her community and learn what it means to truly have a home.
Tristian (12 years old) ~ Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club
Tristian is the definition of a “club kid”. He consistently shows up and loves challenging everyone at basketball, from teenagers to staff. Over the 4-years that he has been attending the Club his grades, school attendance, and focus on academics have improved dramatically. Tristan has a ton of energy, loves to drink milk with his snacks, and is a positive member of our community.
Laurie & Her Son (3 years old) ~ House of Hope
Laurie, battling mental health issues since she was 7, had been homeless off and on since she was 15 years old. After 6 living situations over 2 years she arrived at House of Hope with her 3 year old son Sam. As Laurie shares, “House of Hope gave me everything I needed. They gave me the encouragement to get done what needed to get done, but they made me do it on my own. I am not afraid to tell my story. I hope that other people will learn and be inspired for themselves.
Jack (8 years old) ~ Waltham Boys & Girls Club
Jack is in the third grade and has been a member of the Waltham Boys & Girls Club for several years. With schools closing due to COVID-19, he was struggling with virtual education. He was unhappy, couldn't focus, and his grades were in decline. His mother was heartbroken since nothing she did to support him seemed to help. That's when she enrolled him in the Club's School Day Learning Center, a new initiative designed to meet the evolving needs of children and families through the current crisis. His mother was filled with happiness and relief when she picked him after his first day in the program and he was smiling. Today, Jack is doing great in school and constantly talks about the staff and his friends at the Club.