There has been a mysterious new group meeting monthly at 919 Eastern Ave, filling Housing Families’ offices with laughter and passionate planning into the evening.
Housing Families’ YPAC, or Young Professional Advisory Council, has been meeting for over a year now, and has successfully orchestrated a no-sew blanket making event last winter and a Field Day this past August. The YPAC-ers have been busy finding new ways to support Housing Families’ mission to end family homelessness. “Being in YPAC is a wonderful way to make a positive impact in our community.” Thiara Borges, YPAC member and former Team HFI Boston Marathon runner, explains. “The time spent is rewarding because I know we are working toward making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.”
YPAC members connect with their peers and other young professionals to raise awareness about family homelessness and raise funds for Housing Families. This summer’s Field Day brought hundreds of Maldonians (if you live in Malden, you know what this means) together for a day of games, raffles, and delicious food, and raised over $2,000 to help families and children experiencing homelessness. Next, YPAC is hosting a mix and mingle at Malden’s Idle Hands Brewery to raise awareness about Housing Families’ work.
Stephanie Palumbo, a YPAC member who works at Nickerson PR, shared “To be a part of an organization that works toward the mission of ending homelessness in Greater Boston is such a privilege and a wonderful experience. It is so important to keep the children and families of Massachusetts safe and sheltered, and to be a part of this overall initiative by participating in the Young Leaders Advisory Council is a true honor.”
Get involved! Are you a young professional under the age of 40? Do you live or work in the Greater Boston area and want to make a positive impact on your community? We need you to help us build the next generation of family homelessness champions! We are looking for people willing to commit their time, talent, and resources to breaking the cycle of poverty for thousands of families with no place to call home.Learn More About YPAC!