The Smith College Glee Club performs “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” a Christmas carol by Felix Mendelssohn. They braved the elements and traffic noise to busk in downtown Northampton for the Emergency Winter Shelter, and we are very grateful.

‘Tis The Season… For Cold Feet!

Posted on December 21, 2021


With winter temperatures well below freezing, the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless will again be partnering with MANNA and Cathedral in the Night to present vouchers for boots, socks and winter coats to our patrons in need. We started the original program after noticing a number of individuals at the shelter in light or worn-out sneakers, when there was snow on the ground.

To contribute, visit our donate page.

2021 Smith Vespers

Posted on December 5, 2021

The livestream for the 2021 Smith College Christmas Vespers is now available at the Smith College Facebook page.

An annual tradition at Smith, Christmas Vespers celebrates the season through songs, hymns, and readings and a pastoral reflection. In these times of uncertainty, this event draws our attention to advent, which means “arrival,” and represents journeys from darkness to light and captivity to liberation in Christianity, Paganism and other traditions.

The music portion of the 2021 program featured the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Jonathan Hirsh, Paige Graham, and Grant Moss will direct the choral and instrumental groups. The services will be led by Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life, with readings by members of the Smith College senior class, staff, and faculty. A free-will donation was collected for the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Interfaith Winter Shelter Program.

We are very grateful for the continuing support of the Smith College Music Department and the Smith College Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

30th Shelter Sunday

Posted on October 3, 2021


October 3, 2021 marked Northampton’s 30th annual Shelter Sunday—an effort which began as a drive to inspire every household in the Northampton area to contribute at least $1 to support essential service in the community. Today, Shelter Sunday is still raising crucial funds for three local agencies serving people who are serving those experiencing housing and food insecurity in Northampton and Easthampton: Hampshire Friends of the Homeless, Manna Community Kitchen, and ServiceNet.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. Your support is very important to many people struggling to get by.

House Music 2018

Posted on February 2, 2018

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Saturday, February 17 at 7 PM
Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elm St, Northampton
See event on Facebook
Buy tickets for House Music: women's a cappella jam

Women’s college a cappella groups come together to help homeless youth of the Pioneer Valley. Featuring Smith Blackappella, Smith Groove, the Smith Noteables, the Smiffenpoofs, the Smith Smithereens, the Smith College Vibes, the Amherst College Sabrinas and the Mount Holyoke Victory Eights.

All proceeds benefit a Friends of the Homeless – DIAL/SELF program to provide supportive affordable housing for unaccompanied youth, ages 18-24.

Tickets: $10 general (students by donation), available at the door, online (see above) and at State Street Fruit in Northampton, and Cooper’s Corner in Florence.

Northampton Shelter Sunday 2017

Posted on October 5, 2017

Shelter Sunday is October 15 this year. This is the one-weekend citywide fundraiser to support four programs which help the neediest in our community, those who are homeless, threatened with homelessness, or hungry. The programs are: the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless (for the Interfaith Winter Shelter), the Grove Street Inn (year-round shelter managed by ServiceNet), the Single Room Occupancy Project (Center for Human Development program providing supports for people in single-room rentals), and MANNA Meals (providing free community meals several days a week & on some major holidays). This year it will be centered on a citywide mailing, and collection sites at a number of major food stores and delicatessens. Please donate as generously as you can: it’s crucial to our organization budgets, and thus to our clients.

Paddle for Home!

Posted on June 20, 2017

Paddle for Home! is happening again this year, on Sunday June 25.  A group of us will paddle down the CT River from the Sunderland bridge to the new Northampton boat ramp, starting between 9:30 and 10:00.  There will also be an opportunity for people to do a shorter paddle starting at the boat ramp take-out point, and joining the other paddlers as they arrive.  Food, music, & celebration at the boat ramp parking area will follow, from 1:30 – 3:00.  To participate, go to this link and once there, click on “join this team”:

Paddle for Home! site

If you have questions, email us through the contact on the Friends website, or call Rick at 413-320-1886.

Though people can donate directly to the main Paddle for Home! site, we encourage participants to ask friends and relatives to donate in honor of their paddle.  The three top fundraisers will win prizes to recognize their effort.  We are almost to our goal for creating the housing — in the home stretch.  Help us reach that goal and finish the supportive housing program that will lift young adults out of homelessness!

We thank Northampton Community Rowing, the Connecticut River Conservancy, Sylvester’s Restaurant, and the American Canoe Association, for co-sponsoring this event & making it possible!

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Posted on June 8, 2017

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Paddle for Home! is happening again this year, on Sunday June 25.  A group of us will paddle down the CT River from the Sunderland bridge to the new Northampton boat ramp, starting between 9:30 and 10:00.  There will also be an opportunity for people to do a shorter paddle starting at the boat ramp take-out point, and joining the other paddlers as they arrive.  Food, music, & celebration at the boat ramp parking area will follow, from 1:30 – 3:00.  To participate, go to this link and once there, click on “join this team”: Paddle for Home! site

If you have questions, email us through the contact on the Friends website, or call Rick at 413-320-1886.

Though people can donate directly to the main Paddle for Home! site, we encourage participants to ask friends and relatives to donate in honor of their paddle.  The three top fundraisers will win prizes to recognize their effort.  We are almost to our goal for creating the housing — in the home stretch.  Help us reach that goal and finish the supportive housing program that will lift young adults out of homelessness!

 

Broadside Books Nonprofit of the Month

Posted on March 16, 2017

Northampton’s award-winning independent bookstore has named us their nonprofit of the month.  Please stop in (always a pleasure anyway), maybe buy one of the books on homelessness which will benefit the Friends, or slip a donation in the collection jar at the cash register.

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House Music 2017

Posted on February 2, 2017

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Saturday, February 18 at 7 PM
Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elms St, Northampton
https://www.facebook.com/events/1714694832193865/
Buy tickets for House Music: women's a cappella jam

Women’s college a cappella groups come together to help the Hampshire County Friends of Homeless Individuals purchase a house in Northampton for unaccompanied homeless youth, age 18-25. Featuring Smith Groove, the Smith Noteables, the Smiffenpoofs, the Smith Smithereens, the Smith College Vibes, the Amherst College Bluestockings and the Mount Holyoke Victory Eights.

Tickets: $10 general (students by donation), available on line, at the door, and, after February 3, at State Street Fruit in Northampton, and Cooper’s Corner in Florence.