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Berkshire Edge 10.26.19

Construct’s Walk into the Future utilizes community support to fight homelessness in South County

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 | Rita Dichele

Great Barrington — Our long-standing neighbor Construct, a human service agency consisting of a highly visible group of individuals advocating for affordable housing and eliminating homelessness, should be applauded for a job well-done. Known in South County as unrelenting champions for creating affordable housing by believing it can happen brick by brick or step by step, they remain steadfast to accomplish their mission as they have been doing for 50 years.

Construct receives tremendous community support. Most notably, last month (Sept. 22) they received outstanding support from the community for this year’s annual Walk (Walk into the Future) fundraiser, surpassing previous Walks. The annual Walks raise money, but more importantly, create an awareness of the struggles individuals in South County experience with finding housing.

Putting together an event like the Walk into the Future is no easy task, especially for a small organization such as Construct. Lisa Henriques, Construct’s operations manager and this year’s principal Walk event planner, worked rigorously to organize a group of volunteers who made it all possible. According to Lisa: “The volunteers worked hard and put in much time and effort; I typically have my regulars, who contribute year to year, as well as newcomers.” Lisa also mentioned, “I had the pleasure to work with local hospitality vendors whose generous donations provided refreshments to the walkers.” Furthermore, she worked with the town of Great Barrington: “I was able to negotiate successfully the use of the town gazebo as an end point for the Walk.” Finally, Lisa added, “Construct is also appreciative of Fairview Hospital providing the tents at the gazebo.”

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