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Fahedur Fahed
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Raised: $14,862 | Target: $15,000 | Left: $138

  • Contributions$14,862
  • Donors70
  • Comments13

fahedIt feels surreal that I have been staffing HSHS for seven years now, and it all started my freshman year of high school with the weekly Club 4 dinner shifts. Because my family was fortunate enough to be placed into a Cambridge public housing project, it has been ingrained to return what was given to me and that is why I needed to remain in the area for college to continue showing up for my community. I could not envision myself working at any other shelter. Despite all the time that has passed, I still feel a great surge of warmth that overcomes my heart whenever I step into the shelter. Whether we’re cooking a guest’s favorite meal, finding housing or employment opportunities, or simply fostering a friendship with a guest to help them feel heard and validating their lived experiences, the work that we do is rooted in energetic efforts and a powerful hope in the future. I am so grateful our shelter has become a staple in a community and regarded as the highest quality place of respite where the staff members are not jaded because the impact of students will never cease to be invigorating and uplifting. It truly is a gift to be a grounding presence by following up with guests about their journey, and then assisting them with their future aspirations. 


fahedEven before sitting down with guests to share a meal with them, I’m already able to discern the remarkability of each individual within the shelter. I’ve always been struck by a desire to use this time wisely—to gain insight into who these people are and to do my part to dismantle the stereotype and stigma of homelessness. The skills I have cultivated through the shelter have enabled me to develop a unique connection with guests as we work together on their goals. As a result, the issue of homelessness became a lot more tangible to me and it drove my passion for investigating the intersection of health and homelessness. I have dedicated my senior thesis to the positive feedback loop between homlessness and chronic opioid addiction, and I now strive toward practicing addiction medicine.


fahedEvery single person’s presence in the shelter is invaluable. The supportive and optimistic environment we build is truly unmatched, and I cannot wait to continue working at the shelter this summer.

fahedThe Harvard Square Summer Shelter (HSSS) is a completely student-run overnight shelter that provides unhoused guests with food, resources, and a stable, supportive place to stay throughout the summer. We also offer case management to every guest, meeting with guests one-on-one and supporting them as they work towards goals like obtaining housing or employment. All the while, our student volunteers and directors learn about grassroots organizing and non-profit management—skills that they will carry with them throughout their futures in public service.

fahedIn addition to serving about 12 guests in the shelter space, HSSS operates a street outreach team that goes out four times a week throughout Cambridge and Boston, distributing hot meals and supplies to people living outside. We have served over 750 people experiencing homelessness on our street outreach runs this past year, and we want nothing more than to continue showing up for the community this summer. 

fahedDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, many other service providers are closed or operating at a reduced capacity, making the shelter and services HSSS offers more necessary than ever. Because we are a non-profit organization that operates on a fairly tight budget, which has been stretched even further by new public health measures, we are raising funds to cover for supplies like PPE and HEPA air filters that will allow us to keep our guests and staff safe and healthy. To help us bridge our funding gap, we ask anyone who is willing and able to help us fund these operating costs. Any size donation would go a long way in helping us run and be there for our guests in an extremely challenging time. We value your support in this initiative — it is vital to making this work happen. 


$15 might provide people experiencing homelessness with face masks and personal hand sanitizer bottles.


$30 might provide nutritious V8 drinks to everyone in our shelter and to people we meet on the street team.


$60 might help the shelter purchase one plastic divider (many needed) to enable guests to sleep comfortably and safely without masks, especially guests with chronic conditions like sleep apnea or asthma. 


$120 might provide everyone we see sleeping outside with a cooling bandana and Pedialyte to mitigate the risk of heat stroke.


$240 might help the shelter purchase one of several HEPA air filters to create a space with sufficient ventilation and without stagnant pockets of air.


Please reach out with any questions—I love HSHS with all of my heart! Your donation is completely tax-deductible, and you will receive a recognition letter from Phillips Brooks House Association, the nonprofit overseeing the shelter. Please share this fundraiser with your family and friends :)

 

Harvard Square Summer Shelter (HSSS) is a completely student-run overnight shelter that provides unhoused guests with food, resources, and a stable, supportive place to stay throughout the summer. We also offer case management to every guest, meeting with guests one-on-one and supporting them as they work towards goals like obtaining housing or employment. All the while, our student volunteers and directors learn about grassroots organizing and non-profit management—skills that they will carry with them throughout their futures in public service.

In addition to serving about 12 guests in the shelter space, HSSS operates a street outreach team that goes out four times a week throughout Cambridge and Boston, distributing hot meals and supplies to people living outside. We have served over 750 people experiencing homelessness on our street outreach runs this past year, and we want nothing more than to continue showing up for the community this summer. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many other service providers are closed or operating at a reduced capacity, making the shelter and services HSSS offers more necessary than ever. Because we are a non-profit organization that operates on a fairly tight budget, which has been stretched even further by new public health measures, we are raising funds to cover for supplies like PPE and HEPA air filters that will allow us to keep our guests and staff safe and healthy. To help us bridge our funding gap, we ask anyone who is willing and able to help us fund these operating costs. Any size donation would go a long way in helping us run and be there for our guests in an extremely challenging time. We value your support in this initiative — it is vital to making this work happen. 

$15 might provide people experiencing homelessness with face masks and personal hand sanitizer bottles.

$30 might provide nutritious V8 drinks to everyone in our shelter and to people we meet on the street team.

$60 might help the shelter purchase one plastic divider (many needed) to enable guests to sleep comfortably and safely without masks, especially guests with chronic conditions like sleep apnea or asthma. 

$120 might provide everyone we see sleeping outside with a cooling bandana and Pedialyte to mitigate the risk of heat stroke.

$240 might help the shelter purchase one of several HEPA air filters to create a space with sufficient ventilation and without stagnant pockets of air.

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