BHS 2nd Coffeehouse for a Cause Benefits Homeless Youth
By Beth Young
Photos courtesy of Grace Curtis
Belmont High School’s Working to Help the Homeless club (WTHH) hosted its second Coffeehouse for A Cause on Thursday, March 5. Throughout the year, the club holds clothing drives, volunteers at local homeless shelters and organizes fundraisers.
This coffeehouse was the second of its kind, originally the brainchild of junior Barry Eom. WTHH officers Carrie Jones, Beth Young, Emily Polansky, Elisa Bello, Momoko Tokuo and Eom himself each headed committees to plan for the night.
The event raised over $1400 for the Youth Housing Initiative, a homeless shelter in Harvard Square set to open this November. Created and run by Harvard students and alumni, it will be the second shelter in the state that specifically targets 18-24 year olds. The shelter will be open October-April for 7 days a week with 15 beds open per night.
“I feel as though I owe everyone who played a role in making the coffeehouse into a success a hug,” says Eom, after hearing the final tally of the proceeds. He is confident though that “next year’s coffeehouse will be even better”.
Alice Melnikoff, WTHH’s club advisor and the community service director at Belmont High School, echoes Eom’s thoughts. “Not only did it do a fabulous job of showcasing our student performers and the organizing talents of the Working to Help the Homeless members,” she comments, “but it also brought the community together for a wonderful cause”.
Indeed, that was the case. Club members sold tickets, made baked goods and even handcrafted the table centerpieces, high school staff loaned musical instruments and sound equipment, and Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Star Market ( Belmont) provided the refreshments for the evening. This cumulative group effort produced an unforgettable night – full of music, food, and a future of children with places to sleep!
If you would like to donate, please send a check made payable to “Youth Housing Initiative” to Ms. Alice Melinkoff, Belmont High School, 221 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.
More information on the Youth Housing Initiative can be found at hshsyouth.org