Victory Programs Raises $293K to Renovate New Housing
June 14, 2014 Victory Programs, a Boston-based nonprofit that works with the homeless who often have substance use and chronic health issues, announced that it raised $293,000 to renovate and equip a home that it recently opened, which provides supportive housing for pregnant or parenting women who otherwise would be placed in hotels or motels.
While operations for Chamblet Family Home, a newly renovated Victorian home on Chamblet Street in Bostons Dorchester neighborhood offering 12-24 month family support, are funded by the state, renovations to equip the building for families required additional funding totaling nearly $300,000.
The plight of homeless families is the most pressing community issue we face today that is within our power and grasp to fix, said Jonathan Scott, president and CEO of Victory Programs
Funding the for the renovations to the building came from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund ($25,000), Charlesbank Homes ($50,000), The Doe Family Foundation ($50,000), Franklin Square House Foundation ($75,000), Procter and Gamble ($10,000), Sue Rothenberg ($80,000), and the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity ($3,000).
The opening of Chamblet Family Home is an important step for the Commonwealth, and we could not have done it without the generosity of these foundations and major donors, Scott said. It demonstrates the positive action we can accomplish as a community when we make ending family homelessness a priority by bringing more young families one step closer to home.
With the addition of Chamblet Family Home, six families formerly living in hotels and motels now receive life stabilization services provided by Victory Programs, ensuring that families have access to childcare, housing search assistance, case management, parenting classes, and financial counseling, services they would have gone without in the hotel and motel environments.
Chamblet Family Home is slated to undergo a second phase of renovations in the fall that will allow two to three additional families to move into the space.
Since opening its doors in 1975, Victory Programs has expanded to 19 health and housing programs in Boston, Cambridge, and Topsfield. Victory Programs serves people who are facing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness and chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS and provides them with the tools needed to support health, self-sufficient lives.
For the year ending June 30, 2012, Victory Programs reported $10 million in revenue, 87% of which came from contributions and grants, and $9.8 million in expenses, according to its most recently available Form 990.