Friends of the Homeless, Inc. operates the largest emergency shelter for adult individuals in Western Massachusetts providing services aimed at ending homelessness. We are a private, non-profit 501(C)3 organization established over twenty-five years ago to serve Greater Springfield. In addition to providing emergency shelter for adult men and women, we also own and operate a resource center and manage 110 low income housing units on our Worthington Street campus in Springfield. We strive to bring dignity to people’s lives during their difficult journey from homelessness to stability and independence. Founded in 1988, Friends of the Homeless, Inc. owns and operates properties at 755, 769 and 501-503 Worthington Street. FOH provides emergency overnight and day shelter, housing and support services for hundreds of men and women each year. We also advocate for public and private resources to end local and regional homelessness.
Friends of the homeless
The results of the Art Program with the homeless are now hanging in the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College. "Impressions of Home," an exhibition of artwork by residents of Friends of the Homeless, is now on display at the gallery, a sample of a larger collection that will be up for auction at the Friends of the Homeless' second annual fundraiser June 5 2017 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.
"I hope everyone can take a minute and feel what it feels like to step into these paintings and maybe experience what the artists are experiencing," Alicia Shibley said during a talk at the gallery. "It's a privilege that I have to spend time with them day in and day out and work right next to them and see what they are seeing and experience what they are experiencing."
Alicia Shibley arrives at the Friends of the Homeless shelter in Springfield on Tuesday afternoons, gathers her art supplies and opens up new worlds for some of the shelter residents.
Alicia Shibley has a home. Her students don't.
Shibley graduated from Holyoke Community College in 2013, went on to Springfield College and is now an intern and arts program facilitator at Friends of the Homeless in Springfield. Her work there brings her in contact with homeless clients who have taken to painting, poetry and other art forms as a way of expressing themselves.