Home Again: Only a Home Ends Homelessness
Daniel Flynn - Member, Home Again Advisory Council

 Daniel Flynn is an attorney at the Worcester-based law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, which is well known for being active in the communities of Central Massachusetts.  As a part of the firm's mission to involve employees in social causes, a manager at Bowditch & Dewey approached Dan about giving his time and talent to the Home Again project by joining the Advisory Council. Dan jumped at the chance to work on a solution to chronic homelessness in Worcester.

 

Dan says that volunteering on the Home Again project allows him to be part of the solution to a major issue facing Worcester right now.  "Working on the Home Again project means having the chance to change the lives of chronically homeless people while also improving the overall health, prosperity and quality of life of the entire community," says Dan.

 

Something Dan appreciated seeing when he joined the Home Again project was the fact that the Advisory Council was made up of a broad cross section of the Worcester community including neighborhood activists, academics, and social service providers.  "Getting to work with dedicated, intelligent, and optimistic committee members to bring out fresh and innovative ideas to end chronic homelessness has been a wonderful experience for me."

 

Home Again's housing first approach, drawn from the best practices of successful programs from other communities, appeals to Dan because it benefits homeless individuals and the community at-large. "Providing homes and the appropriate support services is not only a compassionate solution to homelessness, it also reduces health care and emergency service costs for the community and increases Worcester's reputation as a 'can-do' community."

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