Hashtag Thursday: #BostonWarm


By / / Which hashtag / social media campaign out there is getting our attention today? Have you heard of #BostonWarm yet? Brought to our attention by our friends over at Urban Grape, the initiative is spearheaded by Boston Religious Leaders for Long Island Refugees, who are responding to the crisis stemming from Boston’s largest homeless shelter (Long Island Shelter) closing. Currently, #BostonWarm is operating Day Centers to provide a warm and comfortable space for people to gather as an alternative to the streets. One is at Old South Church, located in Copley Square, and another is at Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street: Emmanuel Church 15 Newbury St Monday and Friday, 8:00am-1:00pm Old South Church, Copley Square 645 Boylston St Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm Recently, WBUR reported on the reopening of the Boston Night Center, a “downtown refuge of last resort for those who live on the streets.” According to the report:

The original Boston Night Center closed four years ago because of budget cuts. But with estimates that there are 30 percent more homeless people on the streets of Boston this winter compared to last, advocates knew more space was needed right away. So Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is paying about $65,000 a month to Bay Cove Human Services to operate this center until the spring.
Additionally, #BostonWarm has created an Amazon wish list to help with supplies for their efforts to support Boston’s homeless. You can check it out here. If you want to learn more and maybe even lend a hand, just hit up the #BostonWarm hashtag or check out Boston Religious Leaders for Long Island Refugees. Via