WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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longings, do their laundry, and have a phys- ical address and phone number while look- ing to secure work and housing. FPM employs case managers that assist each family in identifying their root causes of homelessness. Budgeting is addressed and families are required to save 80 percent of their income after expenses. A new program, Steps for Success, also provides a comprehen- sive approach to employment that encour- ages families to reach their highest earning potential. Computers are available and staff and volunteers help with writing resumes and preparing for job interviews. Family Promise also provides transportation subsidies and safe, reliable childcare while parents are look- ing for work. School-age children continue to attend their regular schools, or enroll in schools locally. After school, area teachers and high school students volunteer to help with homework. During the summer, subsidies are given for children to attend local summer camps. Many families remain in the shelter program even after a parent initially finds a job, or completes training for a high-paying field, because it takes time to save for first and last month's rent, and to build in a safety net. "The high cost of housing means that working full time isn't always enough," Crossley said. The problem of affordability even affects families earning twice minimum wage or $16 an hour working in day care centers, nursing homes, or office administra- 159 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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