Circle of Hope receives generous grant

Circle of Hope has announced it has received a $12,000 grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation. The grant will support Circle of Hope’s mission to promote health and dignity for homeless individuals and families in Boston and MetroWest by providing clothing, toiletries, linens, shoes, and coats.

Circle of Hope is based in Needham and makes eight to ten deliveries per week to 22 homeless shelters and clinics in Greater Boston. In addition to funding these deliveries and general operations, the MAXIMUS Foundation grant will support the Emergency Response Program at Circle of Hope. Through this initiative, Circle of Hope responds to urgent requests from its partner shelters to provide specific donations to families displaced by house fires, domestic violence, and other crises.

“With these funds, we have already helped two homeless families who lost everything in a house fire. Many more families in the coming year will need our help to recover from trauma,” said Circle of Hope Executive Director Barbara Waterhouse. “I’m very grateful to the MAXIMUS Foundation for giving us the opportunity to keep our most vulnerable neighbors healthy while they get back on their feet.”

Last year, Circle of Hope provided clothing and necessities to 6,600 homeless infants, children, and adults. Its partner programs include overnight and day shelters for homeless individuals and families, healthcare clinics, meal programs, and emergency shelters for survivors of domestic violence. Most recently, Circle of Hope partnered with Framingham State University to serve college students who are experiencing homelessness.

“In recognition of the many contributions they have made to their community, the MAXIMUS Foundation is pleased to award a grant to Circle of Hope,” said MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman John Boyer. “We are delighted to present this award to such an exemplary organization whose work reflects our shared values – partnering with people in disadvantaged communities so they build better lives for themselves, their children, and their neighbors. I thank Circle of Hope for its commitment to enriching the lives of those it serves.”

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