December 18, 2023
Dear Brookview Community,
As Board Chair, it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Deborah Collins as the Chief Executive Officer of Brookview House.
Over the years, Deborah Collins has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to addressing homelessness and its associated challenges, particularly concerning women, families, and children.
Deborah’s extensive experience in this field is a testament to her dedication and passion for making a positive impact on the lives of those who are most vulnerable in our community.
One of the key factors that sets Deborah apart is her comprehensive knowledge of the intricacies of homeless shelters and her proven ability to develop and implement effective strategies to address the complex needs of our program participants. With Deborah at the helm, we are confident that Brookview will continue to thrive and evolve to meet the needs of our beloved community.
In addition to her professional qualifications, Deborah possesses genuine empathy for the individuals and families we serve. Her passion is evident in every endeavor she undertakes, and we are confident that she will continue to lead Brookview with dedication, integrity, and compassion.
Please join us in welcoming Deborah as she settles into her new role. We believe her experience, leadership, and commitment to our mission makes her the ideal candidate to drive our organization forward.
We will rely on your continued involvement and support and would love to connect with you in the coming year. Whether it’s through a virtual meeting, a phone call, or an in-person visit to our community, please know we value your input, insight and friendship.
Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
Uplifting Our Beloved Community
Founded in 1990, Brookview is a Black- and Latinx women-led organization that works for justice, equity and systemic change for mothers and children experiencing and at risk of homelessness, many with histories of domestic violence. Our mission is to help these families develop the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Through a two-generation, culturally-responsive approach, Brookview provides housing and a broad range of supportive programs to improve educational achievement, health and well-being, and economic independence.
Maribel’s life has been transformed with the help of Brookview House. She has regained her emotional health, is in an undergraduate degree program studying to become a social worker, and secured a permanent apartment of her own.
“The impact of the assistance I received from Brookview is tangible and profound. Brookview House saved my life and helped me create a second chance at living with dignity and purpose. Most importantly, it helped me show my son the power of never giving up and the importance of a supportive community,” reflects Maribel.
Maribel has always been determined to succeed in life. But life has thrown her more challenges than most people can imagine. She faced cycles of abusive relationships and lots of family chaos. As a result of the stress, her mental health suffered and ultimately she found herself jobless and homeless. She and her teenage son needed a lifeline.
From counseling services to academic enrichment programming, education and training opportunities, support with finding employment, and assistance with mapping out a pathway to permanent housing, Brookview is the lifeline that Maribel wished for and that she and her son needed.
When you donate to Brookview House, you are ensuring the availability of a safe haven where families can rebuild their lives, heal their wounds, and find a pathway to a brighter future.
Please help us meet our goal of raising $150,000 by year-end. With you by our side, we will sustain a strong and compassionate community where everyone has a chance to thrive.
With gratitude for your generosity,
The Rev. Dr. Althea M. Smith
Chair, Board of Directors
BROOKVIEW IS… A BEACON OF HOPE FOR OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY!
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Brookview House in Boston offers free coding classes to girls who have experienced homelessness, in the hopes of garnering their interests in computer science and programming. Their experiences in the program have shaped their views on computer science, as well as their goals for the future. – The Christian Science Monitor
“Brookview helped me learn to communicate in English, recognized and nurtured my love of art. At first, I didn’t know how to speak English, and it was a big obstacle at school and in the community, so I needed to attend bilingual classes for two years. Now I go to regular classes; I have learned how to communicate in English very well. I joined the Teen Visionaries where I learned about domestic violence and tried photography for the first time. I also attended sculpture classes on Saturday mornings.” –Tania
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Founded in 1990, Brookview is a non-profit organization led by Black and Latinx women that works for justice, equity, and systemic change for low-income mothers and their children living in Boston. Our mission is to help families learn skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty…