Ep 41. Marianna Bucina Roca: A small gesture can change everything
Jun 28, 2015 · 55 min
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Today on the Feisworld Podcast, you will meet Mariann Bucina Roca, an Executive Director from the Friends of Boston's Homeless (FOBH)
Did you know that Boston was a pioneer in addressing homeless needs? As part of this movement, FOBH played a significant part in helping homeless individuals transition from the streets and shelters to lead stable independent lives. One main focus for FOBH is to remove the final barriers during transitions that city and state programs often don’t have the means to cover. 
I invited Mariann, who has devoted 20 years of her life to speak about a variety of programs offered by FOBH in the City of Boston including: Housing First, vocational training, workforce development, adult education, employment services,  transitional and permanent affordable housing, as well as the emergency shelters. 
In the past 5 years, I’ve attended every single one of FOBH's annual event. Thanks to Matt Lindley, a Board Member at FOBH, and a lifelong friend and mentor.
In addition to FOBH, I hope you will learn something about Mariann, whose journey in helping not-for-profit organizations started long before FOBH. Her earliest memory goes back to when she was just a little girl.
Mariann didn't choose an easy or a conventional path. During our conversation, she speaks to her joy and challenges, and reasons behind why she continues to fuel her passion with creativity and devotion. 


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