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STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK BONES...
but for some, words hurt more than anything. And no one knows that better than Alex Jutras. Now a young adult living in a Connecticut suburb, Alex was once a victim of relentless abuse by his peers.
As a gay youth living in group homes, Alex was regularly the target of stereotypical homophobic verbal assaults from the other residents. “It was the hardest thing I ever experienced,” recalls Alex. “I had no friends and the kids there made me feel bad about myself. They bullied me constantly and when the staff wasn’t looking, they’d beat me up.” Attempts to defend himself were fruitless and often led to marks on his record and, eventually, he would have to leave the group home.
Mark Your Calendar
Sept. 15: Generous Masters
Black Rock Country Club,
Now in its 20th year, the Generous Masters Golf Marathon is an event not to be missed! Join us for a day of fun as more than 50 golfers hit the links and then relax at an evening reception and award ceremony.
Brae Burn Country Club
Chestnut Hill, MA
Join us for a women-only day of fun, fitness and fundraising. Choose from a day on the golf course or a yoga class, followed by an evening of networking and celebration. Now in its seventh year, this unique event is an opportunity to have a great time while connecting with women for a good cause.
10 Guest Street, Boston, MA
We're enjoying the summer warmth now, but before long, the harsh new England winter will return. Help the children and youth in our programs be prepared for the cold weather by participating in our Coat Drive. We are seeking NEW heavy winter coats, lightweight fall jackets, and rain slickers. Coats are needed for all ages - from infants to young adults - and all sizes, particularly XL and XXL.
Donations may be dropped off at:
10 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
Mon. to Fri., 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Childhood obesity is an epidemic:
Child obesity rates have tripled in the last 30 years
1 out of 3 American children are overweight or obese
One third of overwieight children are at a greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, asthma or cancer
Children who take psychotropic medication are at a higher risk of becoming overweight
Promoting physical health in our children through nutrition and exercise is an integral part of all of The Home's programs.
From the President
Summer is upon us once again and I am reminded how grateful we all are at The Home to have support from generous donors like you. This is the time of year when we try to make sure that those in our care are able to enjoy some fun summer activities: visits to a beach, camping adventures, boating and other outdoor activities… just letting the kids be kids.
A 100-year-old time capsule reveals how we have grown.
One hundred years ago in 1914, we buried a time capsule at the newly-built Knight Children’s Center in Jamaica Plain. This year, in 2014, we recovered the capsule after saying goodbye to KCC. In it, we found historic documents and forms, newsletters and a newspaper with a headline about World War I. A lot has changed in a century, but The Home’s commitment to helping children never will. We have, however, greatly expanded the area in which we provide services.
Two members of The Home’s executive team, along with other behavioral health providers, recently visited the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C. to take part in Hill Day, an annual event, now part of The National Conference Council, that gives voice to behavioral health representatives on the need for better mental health resources and law reform. The Home met with members of Congress to discuss bills that are currently before Congress including The Behavioral Health IT Act (House) and the Behavioral Health IT Coordination Act (Senate) and Mental Health First Aid Act.
For children in difficult family situations and with few resources, managing a healthy weight and diet can be challenging. Furthermore, many kids in our programs are prescribed medications that can have side effects including significant weight gain. However, thanks to donors like you, The Home is able to fund our Wellness Initiative, which aims to counter these factors by empowering kids and families to eat better and move more.
Kindergarteners at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center wanted to help kids their age who are in need. The students’ fundraising efforts, which included organizing and participating in a sponsored walk-a-thon and creating Tzedakah boxes to collect donations, resulted in more than $1000. The children’s donations were given to The Home’s Preschool Outreach Program. Thank you for this inspiring example of kids helping kids!
For the past 10 years, The Home has celebrated the healing power of creative expression for children with our Voices & Visions art exhibit and gala. Every year the kids amaze us with theiri talent and hard work. This year, "I Dream A World" meant they also shared their innermost hopes for how the world could be a better place.
We are excited to announce that The Home has relocated its main offices from Huntington Avenue in Boston to Brighton. Our headquarters are now located at the Boston Landing office park next to WGBH. With us came the historic Tiffany glass window from the Knight Children's Center. The window has been part of its history ever since. The window is showcased at our new facility where employees, clients and the community can see and appreciate it.