$3,000 Foundation grant will help local homeless children

HFHCThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $3,000 to the Horizons for Homeless Children’s Playspace Program, to help improve the lives of local pre-school youngsters living in shelters.

The Playspace Program provides safe places for young children in four Framingham family shelters. At these sites, trained volunteers engage in play and developmental activities that support the youngsters’ social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. They accomplish this by engaging families and delivering high quality education to ensure that the children are ready to succeed in school, despite being homeless, according to Asa Fanelli, Horizons for Homeless Children president and CEO.

“All children need a strong base, a solid starting point,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “This grant will help give the homeless youth here in our community the tools they will need to succeed in the school environment.”