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Project 50/50

Last January Shay Kelley set out to travel to all 50 states in 50 weeks, collecting food, socks, and essential items for those in need across America. Recently, Kelley rolled into Massachusetts, marking her 35th state. While she was here, Kelley generously agreed to share photos of her journey with Spare Change. Kelley will be

Churches Provide Meals to the Homeless

Every Thursday throughout the year, the homeless gather with Cambridge residents for a hot meal prepared by a local cook. The Harvard Square Churches Meal Program is a partnership between two women experienced in hunger outreach, Lieby Bouchard and Laurie Howell, along with two local cooks and a group of Harvard Square churches. This program

Poverty and Homelessness in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is an archipelago consisting of ten islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean 570 miles off the coast of West Africa. Together, the islands have a total area of 4,032 km2, approximately the equivalent size of the state of Rhode Island. From August 6th to August 18th, I was in Cape Verde on

To Mend or not to Mend

There is a modern tendency to throw material things away, often seemingly needlessly. If something is broken, our modern world discards it, rather than try to repair it. If this modern trend carries itself into the realm of people, then the poor and downtrodden might be seen as “broken” in some fashion and treated as

State 35: Project 50/50 Rolls Into Massachusetts

Homeless at 24, she no longer wanted to chase the almighty dollar, so she and her dog, Zuzu climbed into their blue pickup truck, named Bubba. She left in order to capture America’s hopes and dreams. Shay Kelley, a 24-year-old former partner at a marketing firm in Jackson Mississippi, recently rolled into Massachusetts. It’s the

Back to School – Homelessness 101

To many people, the face of homelessness is the man standing along side of the road asking for money. Unfortunately, that face is changing. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1.6 million children are homeless sometime during the year. That means they are living in shelters, motels,