FYSOP Travel Itinerary!
Moving off to college is so exciting but can be hectic with all the packing and traveling. Fortunately for you FYSOPers we try to make the transition as smooth as possible! Please take ONE MINUTE to fill out the mandatory FYSOP Travel Itinerary form. If your moving in from around the corner and just bringing one suitcase, or flying in from abroad and shipping all of your life’s belongings, we need to know your story! Where are you coming from? How are you getting here? Do you need a pick-up from the airport?
Help us make Move-In Day on August 26th a fun and exciting day by filling out your travel itinerary at http://fysoptravelitinerary.eventbrite.com/. This way we can welcome you to campus right when you arrive!
“Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.”
We visited an incredible site called Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) this past week. HGRM collects items such as mattresses, couches, and appliances and provides them free of charge to individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness. Each year they help over 4,000 families rebuild their lives. This past year over 800 individuals volunteered over 35,000 hours at HGRM. HGRM does incredible work each and every day. They are a classic H&H site and we’re so excited to be going back again this year.
Be sure to look under our new tabs ‘The Battle After War’ and ‘The Stigmas of Homelessness’ for more information about our vision and what we’ve been learning about Homelessness and Housing in the Boston community.
Jason gets pranked at work after a long day of visiting and contacting sites
So Jason and I had our first site visit today, this fine first day of July. We went to Chelsea to tour the MA Soldier’s Home. The Home is a FYusion site with our fellow issue area, Elders, so the lovely Kirsten Kuhn came along with us on our visit.
The MA Soldier’s home is a domiciliary and long term care center for veterans of current and past wars- including the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even the Iraq War.
Our site contact was more than helpful and gave us a thorough tour of the facilities. We learned that they have food services, recreational activities including themed nights with performers, and religious resources- and that’s only a few of the resources that we saw today!
We saw residents participating in physical and occupational therapy programs; the MA Soldier’s Home provides career and health counseling as well.
We are so excited to work with our volunteer coordinator at the Soldier’s Home as well as meet some of the selfless service men and women staying there.
What are your initial thoughts of working with veterans? Share your thoughts with us!
Have you been accepted to FYSOP 24? Have you received a call from either Rosie or Jason? Then add yourself to our group on Facebook!
From the article- I’ve Lived On Ramen, But I Failed The $4.50-A-Day Food Challenge
So in an effort to become more educated about the homeless population in Boston and how far just a few bucks can be stretched, we’ve been looking at participating in the “Snap” challenge.
Snap stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a program which allows low income families to buy groceries and feed their families much like food stamps.
So why 4.50? Well, $31.50 a week is the average weekly SNAP benefit in Massachusetts. This program benefits nearly 800,000 people in our Commonwealth!
While many college students feel as if they could get by with a strict budget, we were wondering, could we make this work? So, Jason and I will be setting on a journey for one whole week to see…
Can we do it?!
And more importantly….
Can YOU do it?!
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below to let us know how you are doing with your Snap Challenge.