I wanted to update you with some COVID-19 news coming from the Mission and agencies like ours. First the bad news: of more than 1,800 Boston women and men who are homeless and tested for the novel coronavirus, a staggering 596 people have tested positive, or more than 30%. The promising news? The virus has claimed only 2 of these lives so far, and the Mayor reports the confirmed positive rate is trending down.
Your response has been amazing. I'm so thankful for your prayers, good wishes, and gifts that encourage our staff to serve during this challenging time. On this #GivingTuesdayNow, I encourage you to give again to support hungry and homeless people in greater Boston. With your help, we can continue to work together against COVID-19 and keep our homeless neighbors safe from harm.
After welcoming my newborn granddaughter last week (at a safe distance!) I felt the beauty of new life washing over me. May the beauty of new life in spring come to you and your loved ones also.
Rev. John Samaan
President and CEO
P.S. Thank you again for your heartwarming response, and for supporting our homeless guests!