Greenfield Savings Bank has donated $10,000 to a local non-profit. The check will go towards a $1.4 million project to build a youth shelter for homeless teens in Hampshire County.
Dial/Self, a non-profit that specializes in helping homeless youth, is building a youth shelter on Hatfield Street in Northampton. This affordable housing option will offer young adults 18 to 24-years-old who are either experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless a place to stay.
Dial/Self’s Executive Director Phil Ringwood told 22News that the home will also offer support services to help these young individuals one day live independently within the community. “This great building is going to have four efficiency apartments in it,” he explained, “and drop-in space to work with youth both who are living in the building and who are in the community at large.”
Greenfield Savings Bank CEO John Howland described Dial/Self as “an exceptional organization that really helps a segment of our community people may not think about: homeless teens. And Greenfield Savings Bank is committed to helping the community in any way can.”
So far, Dial/Self has raised $1.1 million of the $1.4 million to create safe homes for homeless youth in Hampshire County.
Ringwood told 22News that if everything goes well with construction, they expect to have the building open by either the end of this fall or early this coming winter.