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Supporters of St. Mary’s can donate at http://stmaryscenterma.org
or at agency’s Diamonds of Dorchester Gala on October 18, and Amazon
will match donations up to $1 million
St. Mary’s Center today announced the biggest, single corporate gift in
their history—a $1 million match offer from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) — which
will enable the agency to expand its reach into the community by
providing preventative services, housing support, and job training for
families on the brink of homelessness. To celebrate the announcement and
their partnership, St. Mary’s Center and Amazon planned a Fall Fun
Festival for St. Mary’s Center families and staff in Boston.
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St. Mary’s Center is a leader in programs, services, and shelter for
homeless women and their families. The organization is located in
Dorchester, where the highest concentration of homeless families within
the City of Boston (47%) live. Today, St. Mary’s Center supports more
than 600 children and families through emergency shelter, job and
employment training, and educational, clinical, and preventive services.
Founded in 1993, the organization has more than 100 employees and
hundreds of volunteers.
With Amazon’s match, St. Mary’s Center will build on its cornerstones of
educational advancement, economic stability, and emotional well-being
for women, children, and families who have experienced trauma or are
living in poverty by creating a Community Resource Center on its campus.
The new program and its staff will support both families transitioning
to permanent housing as well as provide proactive support to families on
the brink of homelessness.
“We are so grateful to partner with Amazon for this match offer to work
to prevent homelessness in our community and the company’s efforts to
inspire others to join in by doubling their support of the families we
serve,” said Deirdre Houtmeyers, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Center
for Women and Children. “Everyone has a role in ending homelessness.
Giving to St. Mary’s Center today will change lives for generations to
“St. Mary’s Center is a very special place to me and to our community,”
said Mayor of Boston Martin J. Walsh. “St. Mary’s Center does
life-saving work for women, children, and families in need, and this
partnership with Amazon gives St. Mary’s the opportunity to further
strengthen families and prevent homelessness.”
Mayor Walsh was born at St. Margaret’s Hospital. St. Mary’s Center is
located on the site of the former hospital. In the days prior to Mayor
Walsh’s inauguration in January 2014, the relationship was renewed when
many of the Mayor’s staff and campaign supporters volunteered at St.
Mary’s Center. The Mayor also plans to speak at St. Mary’s Center for
Women and Children’s 14th Annual Diamonds of Dorchester
fundraising event on Wednesday, October 18.
This $1 million match campaign expands Amazon’s support of nonprofits
that provide critical emergency services to women, children, and
families. Earlier this year, Amazon announced similar $1 million matches
Place, a leader in the Washington, D.C. region in developing
innovative solutions to homelessness, and Mary’s
Place, an organization in Seattle that provides emergency shelter
and services for women and families experiencing homelessness. Amazon
also announced plans to build a permanent
home for Mary’s Place within its newest office building in downtown
Seattle – a first-of-its-kind partnership.
“More than 1,000 Amazonians call Boston home, and we are so impressed
and moved by the incredible, positive transformations happening at St.
Mary’s Center,” said Jay Carney, Amazon Senior Vice President of Global
Corporate Affairs. “We are excited to expand our support for
organizations that provide emergency services for homeless women,
children, and families – this time at St. Mary’s Center, a comprehensive
and evidence-based organization.”
In addition to Amazon’s $1 million match, dozens of Amazon employees are
working together to support families of St. Mary’s Center. This week an
Amazon van traveled up the East Coast, stopping in Washington, D.C.,
Northern Virginia, Boston, and Cambridge, Mass. to collect donations
from employees to give to St. Mary’s Center families.
About St. Mary’s Center
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers eight innovative,
family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced
trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our
efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many
of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and
achieve lasting, powerful change. For more information or to make a
donation, visit http://stmaryscenterma.org/.
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St. Mary’s Center for Women and ChildrenSusan Keliher,
617-436-8600 x491Vice President of Development and Communicationsskeliher@stmaryscenterma.org