Helping Homeless Families in Massachusetts

What in the world do homeless families have in common with Peter Feinmann, the owner of a residential design/build firm? The answer is COMPASS for kids, the non-profit based in Lexington, serving parents and children living in shelters throughout Massachusetts.

A board member since 2007, Peter has been involved with the annual Shake-It event in Lexington and recently attended the annual New Directions fundraising luncheon. “We are proud of our association with COMPASS for kids and our contribution to this great organization, providing single parents and children the chance to leave homelessness behind them. Everyone deserves a place to call home,” Feinmann said.

Peter Feinmann and Susan Leger-Ferraro

COMPASS for kids honored Lt. Governor Tim Murray, board member Yolanda Taylor and Horizons for Homeless Children CEO Asa Fanelli with the Beacons for Homeless Families Award, held March 8that the Wharf Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel. COMPASS for kids Advisory Board member Susan Leger-Ferraro delivered the moving keynote address, telling the story of her journey from single, teenage mother to owner of a thriving childcare company, Little Sprouts. “We have a birthright of belonging,” Leger-Ferraro said in her remarks. “There is great power in connection, connecting what is in our head to what is in our heart.” Leger-Ferraro is a living example of that and works at “manifesting consciousness, love and abundance rather than fear and scarcity.” She is a big believer in “acknowledging people’s worth and value.”

Leger-Ferraro has been recognized for literacy advancements through her work at the Literacy & Leadership Foundation and Imajine That.  She has been a great partner for COMPASS and the innovative Community College Collaborative, which provides educational opportunities and work experience for homeless parents.

The New Directions luncheon program was emceed by WHDH reporter Janet Wu and Executive Director Jodi Wilinsky Hill. Several recent participants in the COMPASS CCC program were introduced and spoke with great emotion about how they have benefitted from the organization. Without the continued support of private donors and supporters like Feinmann, COMPASS could not reach so many families in need.

“Peter Feinmann is a dedicated Board member of COMPASS for kids, providing multifaceted support for an organization that works to ensure that the least fortunate families in Massachusetts have housing, and the education, skills and support needed to maintain and thrive in that housing,” said Hill.

Scenes from New Directions luncheon