FOBH and COVID-19

Dear Friends – We Need Your Help.

For 33 years, Friends of Boston’s Homeless has worked closely with the Southampton Men’s (formerly Long Island) and Woods Mullen Women’s Emergency Shelters to help provide for people’s basic human needs and comforts (food, clothing, toiletries) during a difficult time in their lives.

Thanks to people like you, when Boston’s Long Island Bridge abruptly closed in 2014, displacing hundreds of people experiencing homelessness, we were able to respond to those needs in a bigger way than ever before.

Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a public health emergency like nothing we’ve ever seen, and our neighbors without secure housing are the most at risk.  They are worried about their health and frightened about their future.  Just imagine if you didn’t have a safe home right now.

In coordination with all shelters in Boston, Southampton and Woods Mullen have been implementing strong protocols for personal hygiene, sanitization, and social distancing for the last couple of weeks.  Through work with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, there are now screening/intake tents set up outside the shelters and a large isolation/quarantine tent at the Southampton Shelter parking lot, should people show symptoms and/or test positive.

Friends is working closely with staff at both shelters to determine and fulfill needs now for front-line employees and shelter guests, as well as anticipate needs that will arise as we move through this public health crisis.  Right now, we have a large demand for basic clothing (socks, underwear, undershirts), personal hygiene products (toiletries), healthy, non-perishable food (granola bars, protein shakes), and new clothing (t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hoodies, sizes S-6X) for people to change into when/if they need to be isolated and/or quarantined. 

You can help fill these needs right now from your computer.  All you need to do is place an order for any of these items from your favorite online store (Amazon, Target, CVS, Walmart).  Because items go in and out of stock so quickly, it’s difficult for us to make Wish Lists. You can ship to the emergency shelters at:

Dwayne Brown

Southampton Shelter

112 Southampton Street

Boston, MA 02118

You can also make a donation at www.fobh.org/donate and we will purchase these items in bulk.  Needs will continue to arise and change as time progresses, so a gift of any amount will help make sure we can be flexible and respond quickly as we move through this public health emergency.

Thank you.  I know these are trying times for all of us, but if you can help with a donation of whatever you are able, you will help save lives. We’re in this together and we will get through this together.

With much appreciation,

Mariann Bucina Roca

Executive Director