Welcome! Login | Register
 

See Where Worcester Ranks Among Neediest Cities in U.S.—See Where Worcester Ranks Among Neediest Cities in…

DUI Checkpoint in Worcester County This Weekend, December 16 & 17—DUI Checkpoint in Worcester County This Weekend, December…

Where Will You WOO - Week of December 14, 2017—Where Will You WOO - Week of December…

MA Ranks Poorly in U.S. for Protecting Kids From Tobacco—MA Ranked 35th in U.S. for Protecting Kids…

Human Remains Found in Burning Car in Hope Cemetery—Human Remains Found in Burning Car in Hope…

Central MA Workforce Investment Board Awarded $40,000 Grant for STEM Internships—Central MA Workforce Investment Board Awarded $40,000 Grant…

Newport Manners & Etiquette: Holiday Office Party Rules, Holiday Tipping, Mistletoe Kiss & Gifts—Newport Manners & Etiquette: Holiday Office Party Rules,…

Patriots to Sign Receiver Kenny Britt to 2-Year Deal—Patriots to Sign Receiver Kenny Britt to 2-Year…

Chef Walter’s Flavors + Knowledge: Chicken Vesuvio—Chef Walter's Flavors + Knowledge: Chicken Vesuvio

Two Men Arrested in Worcester for Heroin Possession—Two Men Arrested in Worcester for Heroin Possession

 
 

Worcester College Students Fighting Homelessness

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

Students at Clark University are raising awareness about homelessness in a very unique way, to show the community that local families need shelter.

Rebecca Raphaelson, a Clark junior from Worcester, Mass. is leading the initiative to gain support for the charity, A Bed for Every Child, and plans to make a presence on campus to spread awareness. The plan started in one of Clark’s management classes.

Raphaelson will be installing a twin bed, fully made, with a speech bubble sign that says, “What would you do without me? #ABed4EveryChild” on the university’s main campus.

The students hope to generate a social media following for the organization.

“In the town of Lynn, Mass., alone they need 1,500 beds per year at $250 each. That's $375,000 that they can't raise alone, with no one knowing who they are,” Raphaelson said. “Worse, without good publicity bringing more social action pioneers, they will never achieve their goals of expanding and helping children all around Mass.”

The bed will be placed outside in Red Square beside the statue of Sigmund Freud where many students pass each day from Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, March 29, from 2-7 p.m.

To break the cycle of poverty, The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ HomeLink Initiative launched A Bed for Every Child Initiative, where funds are being raised to purchase a twin mattress, frame and linens for each student referred to the group by their partners.

The agency has banded together with public schools to assist at-risk families of students to avoid becoming homeless.

Currently, the group is working with the Lynn Public Schools to ensure each student referred to us will have a bed delivered to their home.

For over 25 years, the Coalition has operated the Furniture Bank which stabilizes over 3,000 households a year transitioning from homelessness to their own home by providing donated furniture and household goods to make a house a home.

Leveraging this experience and a network of partners, A Bed for Every Child will undertake outreach, build awareness of the need, and provide beds to children through this new collaboration. Their goal over the next 12 months is to distribute 1,500 beds to children in need who are attending school.

According to the agency, many of the students’ families have had an infestation of bed bugs – a growing epidemic in many urban areas, forcing them to throw out their beds without being able to afford to buy new ones.

Even more families are living in poverty and cannot afford to buy a bed in at all.
Although a bed may not seem like the most pressing social issue, it does have a major effect on a child’s ability to come to school prepared to learn, which can have long term consequences on their education. In Massachusetts, statistics indicate that 23% of students have the potential of not graduating.  

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox