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One Family to Honor Sue Beaton with Founders' Award


BOSTON, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- One Family, Inc., a not-for-profit organization started by Paul and Phyllis Fireman and family with a mission of ending family homelessness in Massachusetts, announced today that at this year's Mothers of Inspiration celebration they will present the first Founders' Award to Susanne (Sue) Beaton for her tireless advocacy work to help homeless families in Massachusetts. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will present the award.

"With family homeless numbers on the rise, attention needs to be on prevention and helping mothers and families break the cycle of homelessness. Over the last decade, Sue's exemplary vision and unwavering leadership at One Family and across the state have been instrumental in transforming the state's approach to family homelessness -- from managing the crisis to solving it," said Melinda Marble, One Family Board Member and member of the Founders' team of One Family.

Under both the Romney and Patrick administrations, Sue Beaton has been the representative for homeless families across the state in creating the action plans for change. Sue has been instrumental in creating more flexible and responsive solutions to these families in need; specifically, moving away from a one-size-fits-all system to a regional decentralized system that engages both the public and private sectors to get the right resources to the right people at the right time.

"We are thrilled to present this award to Sue Beaton and honored that Mayor Menino will make the presentation. Sue Beaton is a driving force in unifying elected officials, faith and community leaders, higher learning institutions and private businesses to create solutions to end family homelessness.

"She doesn't take her foot off the gas as she has been instrumental in making 'housing first' a priority in Massachusetts," said Denise Durham Williams, One Family's Executive Director.

In addition to honoring Sue Beaton, this year's annual Mothers of Inspiration fundraiser will celebrate One Family's 10 years as well as the accomplishments of the graduating One Family Scholars, courageous women who were formerly homeless or at-risk for homelessness who have completed the One Family Scholars program and will graduate this May from college. This year, 38 One Family Scholars will graduate; this is the highest number in the organization's history.

About One Family, Inc.

One Family, a private-public partnership founded by Paul and Phyllis Fireman and family, is committed to ending family homelessness in Massachusetts. Working together with elected officials, faith and community leaders, higher learning institutions and private businesses, One Family is helping to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and to provide stability for future generations. Every day, One Family is changing policies and changing lives by building solution-based responses to homelessness and awakening the broader public to the realization that we are all one family, and that our public policies and private acts must be responsive to the plight of our poorest members.

Recognizing education is the pathway out of poverty, One Family offers the One Family Scholars Program -- a unique college scholarship program that provides flexible funds for tuition and everyday expenses such as transportation, rent, and childcare to allow the scholars to focus on earning a college degree. Scholars also benefit from leadership training, financial literacy and professional development to help them build a path to economic independence. For further information, visit


One Family, Inc.'s 2009 Mothers of Inspiration celebration will take place on Monday, May 4th at the Westin Copley Place, Boston from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Leadership sponsors include:

The Jenzabar Foundation -- The mission of The Jenzabar Foundation is to recognize and support the good works and humanitarian efforts of student leaders serving others across the global community. The Foundation seeks to foster a culture of service and to educate and inspire future generations to create a better world.

Dana and Robert Smith

Dancing Deer Baking Co. -- Since 2001, Dancing Deer has donated 35 percent of the revenues from its Sweet Home product line ( to fund the One Family Scholars program. In April and May 2009, the company's CEO, Trish Karter, will ride her bicycle from Atlanta to Boston for homeless families. Along the way, she'll be stopping at homeless shelters, reaffirming Dancing Deer's philanthropic mission of ending family homelessness. During the ride, all online donations and proceeds from the Sweet Home line will be used to build the Scholars program outside of Massachusetts.

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