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Cycling for the Homeless

Cycling for the Homeless

Photo: Courtesy Once a year in the financial district, and typically on a harsh, cold day, white-collar workers change from their office attire into their workout clothes and take a cycling class together outside. The event is called iCycle, and it’s organized by HomeStart, a nonprofit that has helped people find and maintain housing for

Freedom for Francisco and Siham: Kids Protest Against ICE Arrests

The sounds of musical instruments, singing and chanting burst through the cold, silent and stiff air outside the South Bay House of Correction on a Sunday afternoon. A bunch of fifth graders from the Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice Sunday School rallied on Dec. 10 to demand the U.S. Immigration

Protesters ‘Take a Knee’ One Year After Fatal Shooting by Boston Police

On Saturday, Oct. 29, protesters knelt in front of the State House calling on State Attorney Maura Healy to reopen the cases of police brutality in Massachusetts. “We’re demanding that Attorney General Maura Healy reopen the cases,” said Brock Satter of  Mass Action Against Police Brutality, the group that organized the Boston Takes a Knee

Furnishing a House into a Home

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the nonprofit Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts cut the ribbon for its new location in Harvard Square, a bigger office than its previous location. Executive Director Suzy Palitz’s goal is to help families furnish their new house into a home. So in 2013 she started the nonprofit in Cambridge. Today Furnishing Hope

New Boston Initiative Aims to Help People in Recovery Succeed

On Sept. 21, Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Office of Recovery Services announced the launch of the Personal Advancement for Individuals in Recovery (PAIR) initiative. It’s a pilot program that tackles housing, education, and employment by granting money to individuals who are in early recovery and looking to shape up their life from substance

Musicians unite to collect Hoodies for the Homeless

PushMethod, whose lead vocalist, Tavis Eaton, founded Hoodies for the Homeless, takes the stage. All photos courtesy of Hoodies for the Homeless. Give a hoodie and you’ll get to listen to live music at the Middle East in Cambridge. This Thursday, Sept. 14, Hoodies for the Homeless, founded in 2015 by Tavis Eaton, lead vocalist

Photo Exhibit of Life After Incarceration

The crowd stayed silent while listening to William Morales, 47, share his story about life after prison. He talked about his struggles and achievements on stage that evening at the reception for the photography exhibit, “From the Inside Out: Reflections After Incarceration,” which took place on Friday, May 26, at the Black Market in Roxbury. His

City HeART puts at-risk artists on Display

Homeless artist Mel poses with his paintings at the City HeART exhibit. All photos: Alejandro Ramirez. The 7th Annual City HeART Art Show and Sale featured the work of artists dealing with poverty, ranging from those struggling with low incomes to the currently homeless. The event took place at the Prudential Center on Saturday, May

Charitable foundation offers backpacks to the homeless

On Tuesday evening, of Dec. 20, Elvita Isenia gave homeless people backpacks that are filled with useful supplies. “I feel like I need to be there at some point to be able to alleviate their situation,” Isenia said.   Isenia and her two friends walked up and down the Back Bay area, scrounging for homeless

MassINC has “Serious Fun” Celebrating its 20th Birthday

On Dec. 1, MassINC gathered politicians, business leaders and philanthropists from Massachusetts at the Revere Hotel for its “Serious Fun”-themed 20th birthday party. More than 320 people were in attendance to celebrate MassINC’s big day. Proceeds will help the organization’s work creating opportunities for the middle class in Massachusetts through research such as its Gateway

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