Blog - Worcester

Did You Catch Us on National TV?

July 24 2019

We are excited to announce that our organization was featured on Coffee with America on Saturday, July 13, on stations across the nation. The segment introduced viewers to Atlanta staff member Julie Palmer. Julie beautifully captured the work we do and the youth we serve. Please give it a watch and share it with your friends! Stand Up For Kids from Coffee with America on Vimeo.

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StandUp for Kids Has a New Look

July 24 2019

After nearly thirty years of serving youth in need, we are thrilled to announce that the StandUp for Kids brand had a makeover! Youth-Centered Our new logo captures the awesome potential of young lives when they know care, feel loved, and have the support they need to move quickly from surviving to thriving. Youth are the heart of our organization, so it was important to convey that. The logo is youth-centered, energetic, and a clever evolution of our former look. Proud to be the Purple People Purple often represents wisdom or creativity. To the youth we serve, it represents safety, care, and support. Our kids often call volunteers the Purple People. Youth know they can trust them to get ...

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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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