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Helping Hands News

  • FamilyAid Boston entrusted to expand major partnerships
    September 9, 2021

    FamilyAid Boston’s proven success housing more than 1,700 children and parents during the pandemic has led to an expansion of emergency shelter and housing prevention programs with their leading partners, Boston Public Schools and Boston Children’s Hospital. Expansion of the two programs will allow more families to receive case management and housing services, ultimately supporting hundreds of children and parents throughout the school year. Since March 2020, FamilyAid Boston has housed more than 400 families through our Boston Public Schools partnership. Due to the success of the program, FamilyAid will coordinate housing placement and support services for an additional 1,100 BPS children and parents during the 2021 school year. FamilyAid’s partnership with local hospitals, which assists families with eviction prevention services and access to shelter, is also expanding.The expansion represents a $2.1-million expansion of a public and private partnership that brings together city, state, and federal agencies, and long-time FamilyAid funders Gerstner Philanthropies and Day 1 Families Fund. Gerstner Philanthropies has supported FamilyAid Boston since 2015, providing over $1.3 million in funding.

    Read more at familyaidboston.org
  • Helping Hands Program Update: Q1 2021 Highlights
    June 17, 2021

    Our Helping Hands grantee social services organizations have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. We communicate with our Helping Hands grantee organizations informally throughout the year, and each quarter we ask them to report formally on program statistics, trends, and case studies. Based on the data and conversations with our grantee partners, though need remains high, the impact of the pandemic on our Helping Hands grantee organizations and the communities they serve is starting to lessen. Though the trends discussed are promising, recovery from the impact of COVID is in the early stages, especially for people served by our grantee organizations as compared with people in more comfortable economic circumstances. We have heard from all of our grantee organizations about the significant amount of unpaid rent so many of their clients have accrued.

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  • Gerstner Philanthropies Awards $4.3 Million For Helping Hands Emergency Grant Program
    January 28, 2021

    Gerstner Philanthropies (gerstner.org) announced today that it has awarded $4.3 million to 36 social services organizations to be used for grants to individuals facing a one-time, urgent need. Gerstner made the awards as part of its Helping Hands program, which has been instrumental in helping households stabilize from the devastating impact of COVID-19. Emergency grants have been a core part of Gerstner’s work for over a decade, with this year’s grants bringing the total Helping Hands funding to over $20 million. Over 60% of grants help people facing eviction, though funds may also be used for other urgent needs, such as utilities, medical expenses, and food. 87% of people who receive an emergency grant for rent are stably housed one year later. Critical to the program’s success is that the emergency grants are made in the context of comprehensive case management and other support services. The organizations who received grants in this most recent round of funding are located in New York City and Westchester County, NY; Palm Beach County, FL; and Boston, MA and are listed here: https://gerstner.org/program-areas/helping-hands/2021/#Grantees

    Read more at philanthropynewyork.org
  • Helping Hands Program Update: Q3 2020 Trends
    December 7, 2020

    Our Helping Hands grantee social services organizations are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. We communicate with our Helping Hands grantee organizations informally throughout the year, and each quarter we ask them to report formally on program statistics, trends, and case studies. Based on the data and conversations with our grantee partners, it is clear that COVID-19 continues to impact Helping Hands grantees and the communities they serve dramatically. A number of our partners have exhausted their Helping Hands funds for the year, while others are bracing for the expected tsunami of need if eviction moratoriums are not extended or if government rent relief programs do not happen.

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  • Gerstner Grantees Provide Over 575,000 Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to Families in Need
    December 2, 2020

    Two of Gerstner Philanthropies’ long-standing grantees recently distributed 575,250 meal kits for the Thanksgiving holiday. Treasure Coast Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast and the only Food Bank serving Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, distributed 575,000 holiday meal kits, which include a turkey and sides, to families; Gerstner Philanthropies provided funds for 400 turkeys distributed via the meal kits, as well as 151 turkeys for soup kitchens in the area. In Massachusetts, FamilyAid Boston, the leading provider of solutions to family homelessness in the Greater Boston area, delivered 250 meal kits, 200 of which were funded through a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies, to 800 unstably housed or homeless children and parents this Thanksgiving. Gerstner Philanthropies is proud to support families in need through meaningful programs such as these. (Photo Credit: Treasure Coast Food Bank)

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