Mayor Christenson met with four Malden High School Juniors who started the nonprofit “Homestarters.” Sammy Lee, Kristy Yang, Shuqi Yun and Tiffany Yu developed the project as part of a program they are enrolled in at High Expectations, a college preparatory learning center run by Attorney Lynn Leonard. High Expectations offers academic support and encourages special projects intended to create a distinctive college profile. The students launched an organization that connects people with resources to help ease the burdens of poverty and homelessness. The idea for Homestarters was sparked when the students learned that gently used furniture seized during the eviction process was often discarded as trash. They wanted to find a way to distribute the furniture to people in need and saw this as an opportunity to help others and the environment.
The students developed a website and marketing materials and are distributing flyers and applications to social service agencies to get the word out. They also networked with owners of eviction warehouses and are accepting furniture and monetary donations from the community. They held fundraisers to cover the costs associated with the project including bake sales and homemade crafts sold at the Malden Pops Up Shop and have fundraisers planned for the near future. Homestarters is also working with local businesses to obtain storage space and a moving truck.
For further information about Homestarters, please call 781-333-7888 or visit www.homestarters.org.
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
Photo by City of Malden