Helping families at the emergency shelter at Our Lady Help of Christians Church

Helping families at the emergency shelter at Our Lady Help of Christians Church

Our Lady Help of Christians Church is providing emergency shelter for thirty homeless families, and City Councilor Maria Greenberg is organizing a donation drive to help them. People may leave the following in the box on her porch at 108 Adams Street in Nonantum from now through Friday, March 1:

  • New books for infants and young children
  • Disposable diapers for infants up to five years
  • Disposable wipes

The shelter building had been providing housing for women in recovery from addiction or were victims of domestic violence. Catholic Charities requested Our Lady’s to allow homeless families — including legal immigrants awaiting a range of stabilizing assistance — to be housed in the shelter under United Way’s SafetyNet program. SafetyNet provides much needed services to the families as well as full-time, on-premises security. The children housed on Our Lady’s facility range in age from ten months to eight years. None of the children attend Newton public schools, since the housing is temporary.

Councilor Greenberg, who represents Ward 1, which includes Our Lady’s Parish, has been working with the Church to identify ways to help the homeless families. She is conducting this donation drive with guidance from Catholic Charities and the on-site program director.

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