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Who We Serve

The Pieces of Home Backpack Project was implemented at Boston Medical Center to serve children who are in the first phase of foster care, an emergency removal from an unsafe situation. The children are brought to the hospital by police officers, emergency medical technicians, or family members.

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"It's such a HUGE help for me, so that I am not rifling through my 12 year old son's outgrown clothes at 2 am in the attic, looking for a size 5 pair of PJ's. The kids LOVE the backpacks..."


Our Program: How it Works

We named the program Pieces of Home because we wanted children to feel that they were carrying on their backs belongings that are representative of their own home. It was very important to us that all items were brand new, that these children were truly the only owners. A home is supposed to be a place of comfort and safety and the backpacks are full of comfort items (blankets, stuffed animals, books) and items that keep children clean and safe (underwear, socks, toothbrushes, clean clothes). The children cannot return home at that time in their lives, but they can have ownership over something to call their own.

Each Pieces of Home location has approximately 20 completed backpacks ready to be given out as a child arrives in need. They are divided into six developmental groups; infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, school aged children, pre-teens, and teens and there is a backpack for a boy and a girl for each group.

The main storage location is at Boston Medical Center where the program was founded. The other locations are supplied with backpacks or specific items as they need.

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Margaret Mead