Clients Shimelis (left) and Hewan (right) with their daughter (Grantee Compass Working Capital)
How do you define “home?” It starts with a physical place – a city, a country, an apartment, or a house. But it’s more than that. Home is a place we feel a sense of belonging, a refuge, a place where we feel safe. In Boston there are 900 children in foster care. Over 1.5 million children are homeless in the US. As the holiday season approaches, we ask you to pause for a moment and reflect on what it means for a child to grow up without a sense of belonging, without a refuge, without a place he or she feels safe. Without a home.
In this issue we salute two TPC Grantees who work tirelessly to bring a sense of home to children and families, regardless of where they may live.
Children, Families, and … the Nutcracker!
Boston CASA with child in foster care
Spotlight on TPC Grantee:
Boston Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) promotes the best interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in the Suffolk County juvenile court system. Community volunteers serve as advocates who work to ensure that these children have safe and permanent homes. CASA’s Executive Director, Charles Lerner, a former foster youth, talks about the organization’s commitment to serving these children so that they can find permanent homes and improve their lives. Interview by TPC member Sandra Fisher(READ MORE…)
At a Families First workshop in Roxbury, Juliane builds her network of support while she learns new ways to encourage the healthy development of her young son.
Spotlight on TPC Grantee:
TPC Grantee Families First provides parenting workshops, reaching their clients where they live – in neighborhoods, in public housing developments, in family shelters, and in transitional housing.
Many Families First clients are managing stressful situations such as trauma or substance abuse in addition to homelessness. Executive Director Sue Covitz explains more about the programs, and what TPC’s grant is funding. Interview by TPC member Anne Cowie (READ MORE…)
TPC Member Sarah Wroth
Spotlight on TPC Member:
Nothing says holidays like The Nutcracker, so how could we resist spotlighting new member Sarah Wroth for this newsletter? Sarah has been dancing with the Boston Ballet for 14 years and has had the privilege of dancing in Nutcracker productions for 25 years. We had to learn more. Interview by TPC member Anne Manning
Q: Sarah, what’s it like to dance in The Nutcracker?
I’ve done over 560 performances of The Nutcracker with the Boston Ballet alone and played so many parts. I’ve been Clara’s mom, her dance teacher, a snowflake, a Spanish dancer, Chinese, Pastoral, and a flower. Every time I dance to Tchaikovsky’s music, it brings me a feeling of magic. It makes me remember that kids want to grow up and be dancers. I believe that what we as dancers do is very special. Dance is transformative and needs to take a greater role in society. (READ MORE…)