The expressed mission of the Friends is to help homeless people in Hampshire County live with dignity by providing emergency shelter and related services, creating housing, and advocating for the homeless.

The following programs receive the organization’s financial support to varying degrees:

Health Care. Two nurses who work for Health Care for the Homeless at Mercy Hospital in Springfield monitor the health of the guests, make referrals as needed, and ensure that they are taking their medication.

Prescription Assistance. When one of our guests is faced with a choice between food and medication, the Friends will help with the copayment.

First and Last Month’s Rent Program. A program helps qualified homeless people currently in the shelters pay their first and last month’s rent when they find a suitable apartment. Through this program, the Friends have been able to help many people to leave the shelter for their own apartments.

Winter Boot Program. In the face of harsh winter conditions, we remain dedicated to providing crucial support to unhoused individuals in Hampshire County. Our Winter Boot Program is an ongoing initiative focused on distributing winter boots to those in need. Collaborating with local organizations like Manna and Cathedral in the Night, we ensure that these essential items reach the unhoused community, offering both warmth and comfort.  If you’re a local business interested in contributing to our program by donating boots, please reach out to us via email at