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Dear Friends,

I am reaching out to you today to ask for your support. There is no better time of year than now, the season of thanksgiving, to make a difference in our world with a gift that will combat teen homelessness in Worcester.

As we give thanks for our all of our blessings there are so many teenagers on the streets who are struggling to meet their daily needs. Hunger rages on as homeless rates soar, more youth are at risk to become victims of crime and are more likely to fall prey to gangs, pornographers, and human traffickers.

Your support of StandUp for Kids shows you believe in our mission to end homelessness. Please help us achieve our goals of providing programs and services that will help us reduce teen homelessness. With your generous support we can change the lives of so many youth sleeping on the streets by providing food, coats, blankets, and more.

You can help by being part of the solution. Make a gift today and it will be put to work right away! Your gift will provide food, services, and security to the most vulnerable youth in our city. We need your help today!

Please pay it forward and provide support for the most vulnerable youth in our city who have endured the unimaginable. Help them to overcome and succeed as they move forward on their journey into adulthood. I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Yours truly,
Donna Katsoudas
Executive Director
StandUp For Kids - Worcester


Please start saving items to raise funds for StandUp For Kids
Call to drop off items.  Last Date of collection will be January 21, 2016.
We will have a truck set up for collection drop off on January 20 and 21st.

Items must be in good condition for resell. Call for drop off/pick up before.

Notice from Savers - not taking books at this time.

Thank you for your support!

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Tabling at stART on the Streets

Volunteers Kerry P. and Donna K. answered many questions, passed out information sheets and signed up people interested in volunteering during the busy event on Sunday, September 25th.

SpencerBANK Supports StandUp For Kids!

SpencerBANK recently donated $1,000 to the Worcester chapter of StandUp for Kids, an organization whose mission is to end youth homelessness. Pictured here are Nada Kanaan, senior branch manager of SpencerBANK’s Worcester Office along with Donna Katsoudas, executive director of StandUp for Kids.

Local Contacts

Co-Executive Director
Donna Katsoudas
Co-Executive Director
Director of Outreach
Director of Youth Development
Darruenee Vann
Director of Volunteers

Pamela Little
Director of Fund Development
Rane' Bracey- Westbrook
Director of Marketing
Director of Adult Training
Cleon McClure



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Join our program!

Next Volunteer Orientation
Offered the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church at 114 Main Street, Worcester
Please contact Donna Katsoudas for more details at

The Worcester Program is looking for people to join the Advisory/Fundraising Board. 

We are interested in people with:

  • Time to attend once a month meeting or conference calls and planned events
  • Motivation to help fundraise and promote the program to continue being successful in carrying out the mission of helping homeless youth end the cycle of homelessness.
One of these skills are desired, but not required:
  • Fundraising skills
  • Event planning experience
  • Marketing and PR experience
If interested, please contact and send resume to: Donna Katsoudas at

November Vigil for the 13 kids that die every day on the streets across the United States - Date TBD

Help End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness in Worcester!


Sunday Brunch to benefit SUFK- Worcester

Click the flyer below to buy your tickets!


"It is very positive place. After SUFK on Saturdays, I remember feeling full and rejuvenated and grateful.  It felt like a safe haven!! I hope you know you are a life saver. You've fed me, clothed me and even let me sleep during the hours you were open. I'll never forget it so long as I live. I am serious. Your care is very rare!!" (from a letter from a youth who attended the Center for about a year before we bought him a bus ticket to return to his home state)

Another youth who was homeless  and couch surfing when we met her and is currently able to rent her own apartment has said:  "SUFK has done more for me than any other agency or program."

Big StandUp For Kids Thank You's to:

First Unitarian Church of Worcester donating $1700 from a 50/50 Sunday Plate collection at one of the Christmas masses in 2013. This has been the biggest collection up to this date.

Jericho Roads for providing a coach for the Volunteer Executive Director of the Worcester Program. The coach, Joan Russo, was a big asset to building the Worcester Board of Directors and strategic planning for opening the Outreach Center, also connecting SUFK with the First Unitarian Church's donation and the Artist Lisa Siciliano, who is donating of a portion of her income from her wonderful artwork this year.

Mr. Marty and Helen Wright, Dr. Robert Gise, and the Spencer Savings Bank employees for the donations for the Washer and Dryer. The washer and dryer have been delivered to the Outreach Center. YEAH!!!

Abbie and Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation for the $410.00 donation. Thank you, Abbie and Maribeth for your continued support of our work!!

Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation for the $2,500 for our work during the Holiday season.

All the people who donated and came to the fundraiser at Jillian’s!! That means you: Dennis and Alisha, Megan, Jane, Steven and Judith, Kyle and Matt.

Gayle Kasparian, Linda Gregory, and Holly Morissey for the clothing donations.

Laura from the Ole’ Restaurant for the food and office supplies and hygiene donations.

Mike Eaton and Rita for the food donation.

Abbey Kelly Foster Charter School - food collection and donation.

Robin Caracciolo and the Religious Education Classes of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester for all the wish-list items for the Holiday Meal.

UMass Memorial NICU nurses for the gifts for the youths and the children of the youths

Devra Kotel for the fast food gift card donation.

Paula Beaver, Gayle Kasparian, Clara Wolf, Mary Siminovich and The Four Elements for the clothing donations.

Quinsigmond United Methodist Church for the clothing donation.

Joanna Channell for the Hat donation.

Abbey's House for the new "Life is good" t-shirt donation.

PURE JUZ for the juice donated to the Outreach Center and the April Orientation.

PURE JUZ for the clothing items from a collection at PURE JUZ.

Teen for Jeans donation of 134 pairs of jeans.

Wesley United Methodist Church for use of rooms for meetings for 2015.



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