The Home for Little Wanderers Receives $30,000 Grant

Boston Foundation supports Task Force on Youth Aging Out of DSS Care

BOSTON — "The Home for Little Wanderers has been awarded a grant of $30,000 by the Boston Foundation," said Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President and CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers.

According to The Home, the grant will be used to support the Task Force on Youth Aging Out of DSS Care and its Phase III efforts.

"Our organization has played a leadership role in delivering services to thousands of children, many of whom are in DSS care, during the last 200 years," Wallace-Benjamin said. "The Grant from the Boston Foundation will give us additional resources to focus on the implementation of a set of recommendations for changes in practices, law, public policies and interagency collaboration to successfully prepare DSS-involved youth for college, work and life." These recommendations, referred to as the "blueprint for action," will be rolled out starting this June at public forums across the state of Massachusetts.

The Home for Little Wanderers is a nationally renowned, private, non-profit child and family service agency providing services to thousands of children and families, through 20 programs. The mission of The Home is to ensure the healthy emotional, mental and social development of children, their families, and communities. With a history dating back to 1799, The Home for Little Wanderers is the oldest child welfare agency in the nation, and one of the largest in New England. For more information about The Home or how to support The Aging Out Task Force, visit or call 617-267-3700.

The Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, has an endowment close to $900 million. Last year, the Foundation made grants of more than $90 million to nonprofit organizations and revised gifts of $90 million. The Boston Foundation is made up of nearly 900 separate charitable funds, which have been established by donors either for the general benefits of the community or for special purposes. The Foundation also serves as a civic leader, convener, and sponsors of special initiatives designed to build community. For more information about the Boston Foundation and its grant making, visit, or call 617-338-1700.



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