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December 4, 2021
Father Bill’s & MainSpring Gets $2M for Resource Center
Father Bills & MainSpring

November 11, 2021 — Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a Brockton-based nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and housing services in southern Massachusetts, recently announced that it received a $2 million gift from the Yawkey Foundation for a new housing resource center which will support the organization’s aim to end homelessness on the South Shore and across the region.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) said the donation, which it called “transformational,” is a lead gift in its $10 million campaign to fund the project’s capital and program expenses.

“Throughout their lifetimes, the Yawkeys quietly and generously supported organizations providing basic needs for countless vulnerable individuals and families,” said Maureen H. Bleday, chief executive officer and trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, based in Dedham.

She added, “The holistic, compassionate, and dignified care provided to those most in-need by our long-standing partners at Father Bill’s & MainSpring will be even more impactful with the new Housing Resource Center, and the trustees consider it an honor to perpetuate Tom Yawkey and Jean Yawkey’s philanthropic legacy with this grant.”

Proposed Yawkey Housing Resource Center. (Rendering by Narrow Gate Architecture)

The new property, located at 39 Broad Street, will be called the Yawkey Housing Resource Center, across the street from FBMS’ existing emergency shelter, Father Bill’s Place, which will be demolished as part of the City of Quincy’s plans to build a new public safety complex.

“The way our community ends homelessness is with a bold plan that invests in the upstream services that help more people stay in their homes and avoid shelter, and that’s exactly what the Yawkey Housing Resource Center will do,” said John Yazwinski, president and CEO of FBMS.

The first phase, expected to be completed by the spring of 2023, is a two-story, 16,000-square-foot building containing FBMS program and training spaces, shelter beds and services, administrative offices, and a healthcare clinic.

The second phase, expected to break ground in spring of 2022 and be completed by summer of 2023, is a four-story, 20,000-square-foot building comprised of 30 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals. FBMS currently operates more than 600 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals, families, and Veterans across Southern Massachusetts.

FBMS, founded in the early 1980s, helps more than 5,000 people annually who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness, achieve more self-sufficiency through a range of services including homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, employment programs. It is the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts.

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