Medford City Hall will host Housing Families’ youth photography exhibit from February 6 through February 28, displaying work that is the culmination of a six-week after-school enrichment program offered to children in the Housing Families’ programs. During the course of the six weeks, children learned the fundamentals of photography and how to use it as a means to express their individuality, feelings, and perspectives. The exhibit is currently on display in the City Hall rotunda located on the second floor.
In conjunction with the photography exhibit, Housing Families and Medford City Hall will be hosting a ‘cleaning supply drive’ to benefit the families entering Housing Families’ programming. Items being collected include cleaning products, mops, buckets, brooms, etc. Donations can be dropped off until February 28 at City Hall in the rotunda on the 2nd floor, next to the photography exhibit.
“We’re pleased to support Housing Families, and this impressive photography exhibit is just one example of the many important programs they have in place to assist homeless families,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “In addition, I hope the community can contribute to the cleaning supply drive in order to help these families as they settle into their housing.”
Housing Families’ central mission is to help families build the skills and understanding they need to make a successful transition into their own home, and to prevent any recurrence of homelessness. The organization is one of the largest providers of family shelters in Massachusetts and has served over 3,000 families. Currently Housing Families provides shelter to 100 homeless families and housing to 70 families in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, and Revere and serves 80 young children each week in its therapeutic after school GREAT Youth and Families Program. To learn more about Housing Families visit www.housingfamilies.org. The photography exhibit is funded in part by the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund and Medford Arts Council.
Left to right: Medford Mayor Stephanie M. Burke, Ed Cameron, Patty Kelly, Rebecca Newman, Siobhan Malady. Photo Credit: Allie Fiske.