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Posted on 07/07/2011 @ 08:00 PM

Impact: Boston

Horizons for Homeless Children & Heading Home

Our group focused on the unique challenges facing women and children who are homeless. We spent three days with Horizons for Homeless Children. During that time, we recruited long-term volunteers who will staff their play spaces inside homeless shelters, cleaned up those play spaces, and helped out in a preschool.

We spent another three days at a homeless shelter run by Heading Home, that serves as a drop-in center for women – providing a central place to meet with various agencies, counselors, have a hot meal, and socialize.

We culminated our time with Heading Home by shopping for ingredients and cooking a delicious lunch of stuffed peppers for everyone at the drop-in center.

During these two weeks, our group has met many inspirational individuals, including both the staff of these two organizations and those who utilize their services. - Miriam Farber, IMPACT: Boston Site Educator, Heading Home & Horizons for Homeless Children Horizons for Homeless Children I was in the classroom with infants aged 8-15 months.

I spent a great deal of time with a little boy named Alex. He was extremely sick with a respiratory infection; it broke my heart to have to hold him down crying while his mother gave him his medicine. It made me wonder whether it was because he was around people who smoke in the homeless shelter – babies can get respiratory infections from secondhand smoke. When it was time to leave, I didn’t want to leave him. I’ll never forget that adorably chubby blond baby boy.

- Amanda Frankel, North Carolina, IMPACT Teen

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