Santander Bank Help Formerly Homeless Individuals Settle into Their New Homes

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Santander Bank Help Formerly Homeless Individuals Settle into Their New Homes

On December 4, Santander Bank’s Change Management team spent part of the day supporting the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) in its mission to end homelessness.

MHSA uses an innovative model that provides housing and supportive services to homeless individuals in Massachusetts. Santander’s Change Management team collected essential items such as bedding, toiletries, linens and cleaning supplies and created “welcome baskets” for those individuals transitioning out of homelessness and moving into new homes.

Christel Sulpizio, Director of Change Management at Santander stated, “We believe in creating a corporate culture that embodies responsibility and citizenship. By partnering with MHSA, we were able to play a small role in welcoming its clients into their new homes and supporting this organization that is making a meaningful difference in helping the homeless population in Massachusetts.”

From left to right: Tom Brigham, Mike Sobek, Joe Finn, Shelley Turnbaugh, Chris Sulpizio, and Mike Jones.

From left to right: Tom Brigham, Mike Sobek, Joe Finn, Shelley Turnbaugh, Chris Sulpizio, and Mike Jones.

Since 2006, MHSA’s successful program has placed 800 individuals into permanent housing. Through a partnership with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Santander also supported MHSA by helping launch the first-in-the-nation Pay for Success Initiative on chronic homelessness. This initiative uses an innovative form of finance by relying on up-front funds from investors like Santander to expand permanent supportive housing. Through this initiative, MHSA will provide 500 units of stable and supportive housing for an additional 800 individuals over the next six years. Santander is honored to collaborate with MHSA as it effectively works to solve chronic homelessness in Massachusetts.

Santander Bank’s Change Management Team prepares welcome baskets for formerly homeless individuals.

Santander Bank’s Change Management Team prepares welcome baskets for formerly homeless individuals.

Congratulations Santander Bank!