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May 13th, 2017


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SUFK - Worcester is Hulafrog's "Most Loved Non-Profit"!

StandUp For Kids Worcester tied for "Most Loved Non-Profit" in Worcester.  Thanks to all the followers of Hulafrog! 

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.

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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

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Help End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness in Worcester!



"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:

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Supports StandUp For Kids Worcester with a $5,000 grant for Operating cost.

Wesley United Methodist Church donated $250 for Bus passes. 

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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