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Jimmy's Letter to You

May 22 2018

Dear StandUp For Kids supporters, My name is Jimmy. I am 24 years old and have been homeless in Worcester off and on since I was 15 years old – that’s when my dad left us and my mother could not support my younger sister, brother, and I. So, my siblings and I have been fending for ourselves. I have lived in many places unfit for humans –  a semi-trailer, in wooded areas – and in situations that have turned unfriendly, even violent. At age 20, I was surviving by working odd jobs for friends and strangers. Then I met outreach counselors who told me about the StandUp For Kids Outreach Center. At first, I was hesitant to go, but when I did, I was given a warm meal, ...

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StandUp For Kids - Worcester announcements

March 16 2018

StandUp For Kids Outreach Center hours have changed. We're now open Monday and Wednesdays from 4 - 6 pm. We may stay open longer if needed to finish laundry or services. We are no longer having regular hours on Saturdays, except for scheduled events. First Scheduled StandUp For Kids Event at Outreach Center site: Saturday April, 14th 12 noon - 2 pm    THREAD 4 CARE POP-UP BOUTIQUE Youth can pick out a full outfit from a display of clothing items. Lunch will be provided. Call 1-888-365-4543 from a local phone number for more info or address, or call or text the direct program cell phone 508-963-5576, ...

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Look What We Did Together in 2017

January 25 2018

A year of highlights from Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair   Your support and involvement in our mission has helped make 2017 a standout year for StandUp For Kids. Our central responsibility is to our nation’s young people faced with homelessness, whether temporary or longer term. No matter the circumstances that got them there. No matter the work that needs to be done to help them transition them into safe, stable chapters of their lives. We are deeply humbled by this responsibility, and held fiercely to it through the political tumult of 2017. When some of our youth felt unwelcome, we stood taller to welcome them. In 2017, we worked with over 2,200 youth for the first ...

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Billy's Story

May 22 2017

Billy was five when he was adopted with his 3-year-old brother.  His life was never normal, he said.  The adoptive parents were physically and verbally abusive.  Billy’s parents told him to lie to DCF when his broken leg was investigated; if he did,  the promised they would take a vacation and do fun things together. So, he lied. He knew his parents would make sure that he would regret not following their instructions.  Acting out, got Billy expelled from a number of schools. He was put in a boarding school at the age of 13. When he turned 18, the school told him his parents had stopped paying tuition.  The school arranged transportation and sent him ...

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Walk For MA Children Donations At $820 and Still Coming In

May 4 2017

BIG THANK YOU to Roosevelt Westbrook for a $500 donation to StandUp For Kids - Worcester at the event. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Walk For MA Children and the event at Cafe Reyes on April 29th during the StandUp For Kids' 48 HOURS . BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE WALKERS:  Sue, Tim, Tammy, Donna, Ann, Nancy, Paula, Leo, Lisa, Desiree and her 2 little brothers, Iteesha, Ms. D. and Wayne the van driver. The Walk for MA Children followed Route 9 from Northborough to Leicester. The hills were a little long and tough, but the company was great!  The Event after the walk was at Cafe Reyes at 421 Shrewsbury Street. The cafe provides needed jobs and work ...

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16 More Days Until Walk For MA Children!

April 13 2017

16 more days till Walk for MA Children! Get your walking shoes ready!  The Third Annual Walk for MA Children Tim and Susan Crane are doing the 10 day walk across MA from Boston to Westfield to bring awareness to the Children in MA. Every day of the walk is hosted by a child/youth service non-profit agency. APRIL 29TH, the walk will be going across Worcester and StandUp For Kids - Worcester is sponsoring the day. 15 miles across Worcester from Northborough to Leicester MA.  Break stops every 3 miles. A vehicle will be at rest stops with water and snacks.   Meet at Motel 6 in Northborough on Route 9 to start the walk! April 29th Meet at Motel 6 at 115 Lawrence St/Route 9., ...

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