Shortly after completing her first Boston Marathon in 2019, Kristen Vicino set a goal to mark her 40th birthday with another race. Five years later, she’s keeping that promise and teaming up with The Home to support a cause close to her heart.
Kristen is a South End resident and mother of two, with a passion for supporting children in at-risk circumstances. Growing up, both Kristen and her husband experienced a socio-economically and racially diverse childhood in Wareham, MA. Her memories of classmates’ financial struggles, and how they affected their daily lives, remain vivid to this day. She went off to attend college in a wealthy, predominantly white suburb of Boston and quickly realized the vast differences between the community that raised her and the community in which she would continue her education. When it came time for Kristen and her husband to raise a family, they knew they wanted their kids to grow up in diverse spaces.
This decision led them to enroll their children at Ellis Early Learning, one of the most socio-economically, racially and culturally diverse educational centers in Boston. Kristen currently serves on the Board to support the organization’s work to strengthen Boston’s urban working families with high quality education and care for children.
When it came time to search for a 2024 charity bib, Kristen knew she wanted to run for an organization that supported children’s causes.
“I’m most passionate about The Home’s ability to disrupt cycles of poverty and racism by creating stability for kids who do not necessarily have the benefit of stability at home,” says Kristen. “The Home offers services for the kids who have the most acute need, to give them the ability to focus on their education and developing socio-economic skills, so they can build a future that will set them up for success.”
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