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Plymouth and South Shore Assn. of Realtors helps Horizons for Homeless Children win grant

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 7, 2012 03:48 PM

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(Back Row, from left) PASS Community Service Committee Members Maureen Mansfield, Mark Olivieri, Bill Bailot, Pamela McIsaac, Julie Chapman, Ann Rouleau, Walter Foley, Trip Miller, John Harrington. Front Row: Paula Davison, HFHC Playspace Programs Coordinator Jess Dalzell, MAR Charitable Foundation Chairman Paul Yorkis, PASS members Marilyn Crehan and Chairel Baker.

Horizons for Homeless Children received a $500 housing and homeless-assistance grant from the Massachusetts Association of Realtors' Charitable and Educational Foundation.

The group was nominated by the Community Service Commitee of the Plymouth and South Shore Association of Realtors.

The foundation’s Board of Trustees created this program to enhance Realtors support for local non-profit groups and their initiatives, hoping to provide affordable housing, shelter and emergency care services within the Commonwealth.

In addition to aiding parents fulfill educational desires through job training, GED and college courses, Horizons for Homeless Children also institutes Playspace Programs in shelters to provide critical early play and learning opportunities to homeless children.

Play is essential to help children gain the cognitive, physical and social/emotional skills that are vital to their future social and academic success, officials said in a release.

There are 146 Playspace Programs across Massachusetts serving 3,000 homeless children. South Shore shelters in Quincy, Kingston, North Weymouth, Marshfield and Norwell have Playspace Programs in place.

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