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May 1, 2009

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Deputy Justin Plaza brings clothing donations from the Sheriff’s Department to the Shattuck Shelter.

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently held their annual Spring Clothing Drive to lend support to some of Suffolk County’s citizens in need. This year, the Clothing Drive supported hopeFound’s Shattuck Shelter located in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston.

“With each of our annual spring and winter clothing drives, the employees of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department have given very generously to organizations that assist those less fortunate in our communities,” said Sheriff Cabral. “This year, with the severe economic conditions that exist both locally and nationally, it is hearten­ing to know that our contributions will be well utilized.”

As stated on the recipient company’s website, “hopeFound ends homelessness, one person at a time, by providing programs and services that help men and women achieve self-sufficiency and secure permanent housing. They serve more than 3,500 people each year, in Boston and across Massachusetts.”

“Each year, hopeFound relies on the generous spirit of many volunteers like those at the Sheriff’s Department to gather and provide important in-kind donations for the day-to-day needs of our guests,” said hopeFound Director of Development, Barbara Shenker. “We are grateful for this support.”

So, too, are many of the members partaking in the programming initiated by hopeFound.

“hopeFound’s stabilization program saved my life; I will be forever grateful to this place..,” said a guest in the men’s treatment program.

With support from Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department officers and civilian employees, more than 250 items of clothing, shoes, and other supplies were collected at the Nashua Street Jail and the South Bay House of Correction during the month-long drive.

Sheriff Cabral instituted the annual clothing drive back in 2003, and since then, the Sheriff’s Department has held clothing drives -- typically twice a year -- during the spring and winter months. During each drive, the Office of Communications & External Affairs has coordinated collections with employees while reaching out to community organizations that can best utilize the collected donations.

Over the years, Sheriff’s Department employees have donated thousands of articles of clothing and supplies to various organizations such as the Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, St. Mary’s Women and Infants Center, and the Shattuck Shelter.

Also collected during the drive were children’s clothes and youth related items, which were distributed to the Salvation Army.

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