Celebrating 30 Years of Empowering Homeless Families to Succeed
The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless parents with children to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community. Since 1990 Homestretch has helped over 2,000 families achieve permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
July 30, 2020
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Nancy Taxson, who, with Kieran Sharpe, founded Homestretch in 1990. Nancy ran Homestretch for 16 years, starting from a desk in her garage. She and Kieran had a vision of how to help homeless parents and children, with dignity and respect and an abundance of support, in the hopes of launching those families out of homelessness and poverty forever. She was a tireless, indefatigable and relentless advocate for these families. Nancy was a force of nature, fierce and defiant and passionate, yet humble, never seeking attention to herself. She knew what she was doing when she built Homestretch; the way she structured the program is the same way we operate it today and we are achieving client outcomes that eclipse that most every other homeless program is doing nationwide. She believed in the capacity of the homeless families we serve; that if you gave them the right structure and support, they could make amazing transformations to their lives and to the lives of their children. Since she took in the first family in 1990, we have equipped over 2,000 homeless families with the skills and resources to escape homelessness forever. That is quite a legacy.
June 4, 2020
Homestretch Stands In Support With Our Brothers and Sisters
The tragic, violent and unnecessary death of George Floyd, compel us at Homestretch to speak up and speak out. What we witnessed was not one isolated incident, but one more in a string of killings of African American men and women; one more example of careless disregard for the lives of people of color by police and by ordinary citizens. We saw it in Minneapolis, in Atlanta, in Charleston and too many other cities to name.
The poor, the homeless, Black/African Americans/people of color, are the most vulnerable to racism, injustice and disparities. Our mission at Homestretch is to empower homeless families to secure permanent housing and attain the skills, knowledge and hope they need to achieve lasting economic self-sufficiency. To do this, we must embody the values we teach; we must “be the change we want to see in the world”. We believe to achieve a truly just society, all of us need to humble ourselves and recognize that nothing truly belongs to us.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu
Homestretch 30th Anniversary Benefit Breakfast