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Director's Corner

Guest Survey Results Announced

Over the last couple of months, we have been conducting surveys of our guests, as well as other homeless or displaced persons that we have met around Waltham. We asked about our programs and how we could better serve the community.

Click here for a summary of the results.

A Poem Written by one of Our Guests "Heavens Grocery Store"

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Watch an Interview with Marilyn Lee-Tom about the Photo Exhibit "Homelessness From Our Eyes"

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Faces Exhibit

Watch an Interview with Marilyn Lee-Tom about the Exhibit

About Homelessness

Here are some facts about national homelessness and a snap-shot of homelessness from our part of the world - Waltham and the Metro-West area.

"Approximately 2.3 to 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness at least once annually. Single adults comprise about 49 percent of the homeless population, some whom are called chronic homeless, and the majority is male". - The National Center for Homelessness

At the Community Day Center, we see over 600 different homeless and near homeless people annually. 65 percent of them are homeless (of these, 80 percent are in shelters, and 20 percent are on the streets). 70 percent are male and 30 percent are women.

“Their lives are marked by violence, hunger, health problems, social isolation, and the challenges of living outdoors in extreme weather and without access to showers or bathroom facilities.  Many have experience traumatic stress and violence. At least 25 were physically or sexually abused.” - The National Center for Homelessness

Each Guest at the Community Day Center faces on average at least two of these major challenges: Transitional Assistance, Health Insurance, Food Stamps, Social Security, Housing Clothing Vouchers, Legal Assistance, Domestic Violence and others. Because we only record those challenges that are self-disclosed, often statistics do not fully express the hardships faced.

Announcements

We Are In Our New Home!

Just before Christmas we moved into our new home on Felton Street! Thank you to all our supporters who made this happen, tboth with their labor and with their donations. We could not have done it without you!

We still need things to set up our offices and kitchen. Please click here to learn how you can help

Our new home!

 

Our Supporters:

Village Bank The Jones Partnership   Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation  First Commons Bank   The Cipper Ship Foundation      The Cabot Family Charitable Trust    Watertown Savings Bank    Bird Precision  Yankee Fleet - Providing ocean adventures since 1944