Statements of Support
"Recently my car broke down and I did not have the money to fix it. It is an older car and it needed a rebuilt engine and a water pump. I am 60 years old and my health is not so good. My car is what gets me to and from my dialysis appointments. I asked for help with the payment and with the help of St Vincent de Paul and the Hopkinton Emergency Fund I was able to get my car fixed. I really appreciate everything they have been able to do for me. It helped me so much. Thank you!"
"Thank you so much for your generosity. It means so much to me! Programs like yours help to relieve a lot of stress off people like myself. I am not one to ask for help but when it comes to my family, that's when I have to put my pride aside. Again, Thank you so much for being there to help my family during these tough times."
Hopkinton Emergency Fund partners with organizations like Youth and Family Services, Project Just Because and Saint Vincent de Paul to help families like Mary's and Joe's.
"The Hopkinton Emergency Fund would serve to strengthen the safety net for vulnerable families by providing an avenue for the unmet needs of residents. When a family's dignity is restored through confidential access to help, it improves not only their finances, but their emotional health. When Hopkinton’s most vulnerable are well, all residents are well. The Hopkinton Emergency Fund which will confidentially support your neighbors, friends, and family when they are going through challenging times."
"The Emergency Fund will give families a new ray of hope to be helped financially. In an ever-changing world we live in, this would become a lifeline for these families to receive the financial assistance to help them through their difficult times."
Other stories of families with challenging situations that we could help...
A High school graduate became estranged from his family.
Although he had a full academic scholarship to college, his need for clothing, cell phone, and many sundry items were not covered. The case was shared with Saint Vincent de Paul by Hopkinton Youth & Family Services and Project Just Because. Needs for this young man go well beyond what the combined team can afford, though to date we have been able to cover the basics.
A young mother of three presented herself to Saint Vincent de Paul without shelter one week before Christmas.
The family home that she was staying in had a COVID-19 exposure (and subsequently cases). Because of severe asthma, she was unable to consider a SMOC shelter as an option. We were able to fund one week of hotel, allowing her to avoid having to quarantine in her car. With the spirit of the season and extra year-end giving by benefactors, Saint Vincent de Paul was able to extend the hotel stay for the full two weeks.
A recent amputee was homeless and living out of his pickup truck.
We were able to connect with Saint Vincent de Paul chapters in the MetroWest area to pool resources and use national hotel discount rates to house the gentleman in a nearby hotel for two months and provide assistance with gasoline expenses until he turned 60 and became eligible for available senior housing in the area.
Hopkinton Senior Center
"Despite support from other existing human service organizations in the Hopkinton Helpers network, we still found that there were needs we collectively could not meet. The Hopkinton Emergency Fund will provide the community with a much-needed safety net to support those who need assistance and ensure they do not fall through the cracks. "