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“St. Mary’s Center is the light that ignited my fire to further my education.”
– Nicole, Workforce Development & Learning Resource Center participant
ABOUT ST. MARY’S CENTER…
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children (St. Mary’s Center) is hosting its 17th annual gala, Diamonds of Dorchester, on October 27th, 2020. In order to promote the safety and wellness of guests, team members, and families, this event will be held virtually.
St. Mary’s Center is a unique and holistic one-stop shop of life-changing programs and services, providing shelter, workforce development, and a learning resource center to low-income women in Dorchester and East-Boston. Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, St. Mary’s Center builds on a rich 27-year history as one of the largest family homeless shelters in Massachusetts. Each year, hundreds of Boston’s most vulnerable women and children find the wrap-around assistance they so critically need at St. Mary’s Center.
This year, St. Mary’s Center is doing things differently, balancing a new strategic vision for our programs with an ever-growing need for our critical services. The global pandemic has hit our community harder than most. As a means to create powerful, lasting recovery and stabilization for our women and children, St. Mary’s Center is looking to deepen the important relationships we have developed with our sponsors and forge new ones.
ST. MARY’S CENTER’S SOLUTION…
There are three critical components to fully heal from the COVID-19 pandemic: 1. Emergency Response, 2. Recovery, and 3. Stabilization. St. Mary’s Center staff successfully provided our women and families emergency response services, such as emergency food assistance, quarantine isolation units on campus, technology assistance to ensure our women can continue their education, and dedicated homework spaces and support for 108 children locked out of school.
Through the 2020 Diamonds of Dorchester Annual Gala, St. Mary’s Center looks to raise dollars to support the two final phases of healing, Recovery and Stabilization. These phases include building out our workforce development program to focus on growth fields such as health care administration, technology and virtual support; bolstering self-advocacy and social justice programming; and increasing the number of low-income women we can serve from across Boston.
COVID-19 and the calls for Social Justice ringing out across the nation have taught the world that disparities in health care and education for the women and children St. Mary’s Center serves can no longer be ignored. Education and employment for women on the margins of society is a priority for us, and vital to helping them change the trajectory of their lives. The recently expanded Workforce Development & Learning Resource Center at St. Mary’s Center provides access to comprehensive educational pathways and hard-skills development.
By offering our residents and other low-income women the opportunity to earn their HiSET/GED certifications, and begin post-secondary education – while gaining in-demand workforce skills – this program is a catalyst to economic stability and self–efficacy.
This year’s Gala is dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable populations of Boston, low-income and homeless women, most of whom are people of color, in creating career pathways out of poverty.
500+ vulnerable women and children rely on St. Mary’s Center each year, a number only expected to grow due to this global crisis. Through this partnership, sponsors will have the opportunity to help St. Mary’s Center change the trajectory of families most in need; beyond the foundation of shelter, together we will provide educational and workforce development opportunities designed to yield sustaining livelihoods for Boston’s most at-risk populations. St. Mary’s Center is looking to extend to you the benefits of sponsorship to directly impact families in need throughout a year-long period, offering new beginnings to so many while receiving a special look into the impact that sponsorship truly makes for these families.
SPONSORS WILL LEAD WITH ST. MARY’S CENTER TO…
Create career pathways for Boston’s most vulnerable population – minority women in poverty.
Collaborate with key partners like Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Bunker Hill Community College and Mothers for Justice to provide recovery and long-term sustainability for families impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Provide new opportunities in workforce development for those most impacted by COVID-19, Boston’s minorities.
Provide access to technology for our residents – a key tool to combat unemployment and poverty.
Be part of the clinical response to COVID-19, by supporting our collaboration with Boston’s leading universities to provide behavioral health services to those most traumatized by the pandemic.
With your sponsorship, St. Mary’s Center women will not only survive, but THRIVE post COVID-19.
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Thank you for supporting St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children