December 18, 2017
 
Annual Event Raises $1.1M for Home for Little Wanderers

June 5, 2015 — The Home for Little Wanderers, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides behavioral health services, therapeutic residential, special education, adoption, and foster care for children in eastern Massachusetts, announced that it raised $1.1 million at its recent annual Voices & Visions fundraiser.

The event, held May 21 at the Seaport World Trade Center, attracted 800 attendees. All funds raised will enable The Home for Little Wanderers to continue providing programs and services to more than 7,000 children and their families across Boston and eastern Massachusetts each year.

Honored at the 11th annual Voices & Visions was Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts.

“Jerry’s commitment to corporate social responsibility serves as an example to others. Under his leadership, Citizens’ employees have been introduced to new opportunities and causes that support local charities including The Home,” said Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Home. “Additionally, Citizens generous financial commitment has allowed The Home to build a wider network of support where some of the state’s most vulnerable youth are now able to thrive and succeed. We are grateful for their ongoing support. ”

Since 1998, the bank has donated $250,000 to The Home’s two capital campaigns.

Other highlights from Voices & Visions 2015 included the recognition of this year’s Sabino Marinella Awardees. The 2015 recipients were five young women, who were The Home’s “First Five” graduates of its Academic Support for College and Life Program (ASCL) at Bridgewater State University. ASCL is a program designed to support the transition into higher education for young adults who age out of state care.

Gov. Charlie Baker was on hand to help recognize the “First Five.” During his remarks, he recalled his days as Secretary of Health and Human Services and cited his longstanding appreciation of The Home’s work. He also applauded the awardees personally for the careers they landed in human services.

The event also featured an exhibit of visual arts and creative writing by children in the organization’s therapeutic residential, special education, and community based programs.

For more than 200 years, The Home for Little Wanderers has been supporting vulnerable families and keeping children safe in their communities, even when they don’t have family support. Serving children and youth from birth to 22, The Home impacts more than 7,000 lives across Boston and eastern Massachusetts each year.

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