If you’re a family in the Boston-area currently experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need, there are many ways we offer help.
For those experiencing homelessness: Our Christmas in the City party in Boston is only for those currently experiencing homelessness. Attendance is managed entirely through the shelters. Contact your shelter manager to see if your shelter participates. If your shelter is not currently working with Christmas in the City, but is interested, please have your shelter manager contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For 2020, the party has been canceled.
For those in need, but not experiencing homelessness: Boston-area families in need but not currently experiencing homelessness may sign up for Monday Mania, a late-December event at which we distribute toys and other items. You must register in advance, and in person, for Monday Mania. Information on registration, including eligibility requirements can be found on our website starting in late November. For more information, go to Monday Mania. For 2020, Monday Mania has been canceled. (We’ve provided a list of other resources on the Monday Mania page linked above.)
Thanksgiving help: The Saturday before Thanksgiving, we distribute food baskets to those in need who have signed up in advance. Registration (in person) for this event opens in early November. For more information, go to Thanksgiving in the City. For 2020, Thanksgiving in the City has been canceled.
While we do offer help to families transitioning from homelessness to housing throughout the year, and also provide occasional help to those otherwise in need, there is no formal application process at this time. Families must be referred to Christmas in the City by one of our trusted advisors.
Similarly, our Village Project (educational assistance) does not have an application process. Recipients of support are referred to us by one of our trusted advisors.