Boston-based non-profit HomeStart has received over $2,300 in donated gift cards to benefit formerly homeless veterans and their families through the generosity of patrons from the Red Rooster Pub on Washington Street in Wrentham. The gift cards will play an important role in helping HomeStart’s clients purchase a range of household items and goods as they settle into their new residences.
HomeStart works throughout the greater Boston area to help end and prevent homelessness by working with individuals and families find and maintain permanent housing.
“It’s easy to forget just how many small things, such as cleaning supplies and decorations, help transform a house into a home,” said Linda Wood-Boyle, the president and chief executive officer of HomeStart. “We are so honored to have everyone at the Red Rooster come together to help our clients stock their new places, and are truly appreciative of their on-going efforts.”
On the first Saturday of each month, roughly 75-100 patrons at the Red Rooster gathered to participate in the Red Rooster’s meat raffles— the proceeds of which went to purchase the gift cards. The Red Rooster and its manager John Lightizer hosted a total of four raffles, each of which were organized by volunteers Sue Bourque, Sue Deighan, Kathy Gray, Brenda Roberts, and Debra Lyons.
“When we approached the Red Rooster they didn’t hesitate to help us,” said raffle organizer Sue Bourque. “I became familiar with the great work that HomeStart does with homeless veterans when I was looking for ways to provide welcome home baskets for our vets. It was a great partnership and our community was very generous in supporting these successful meat raffles that we will continue to host again in the late fall.”
HomeStart is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end and prevent homelessness in Greater Boston by assisting individuals in obtaining permanent housing and settling into the community, and by developing strategies to address systemic barriers to housing placement. For more information, visit www.homestartinc.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.