Margulies Perruzzi Architects Teams With Heading Home To Move Homeless Family “Up & Out”

Margulies Perruzzi Architects Teams with Heading Home to Move Homeless Family “Up & Out”

Margulies Perruzzi Architects Teams with Heading Home to Move Homeless Family “Up & Out”

Community service project marks firm’s 24th anniversary

BOSTON, Mass. – April 3, 2012 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced today that the firm coordinated an “Up & Out” move for Heading Home, Inc., one of the Boston area’s largest agencies devoted to helping the homeless become housed and self-sustaining. Up & Out is Heading Home’s signature volunteer program, for which MPA employees helped a local homeless family make the milestone move from a shelter to a permanent home in Mattapan.

Volunteers from MPA took up the challenge of coordinating the move of a single mother and her young daughter to their new apartment. Spearheaded by MPA employee Sarah Nasznic, the firm’s staff supplied the apartment with household items and furniture for the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, as well as groceries and a stocked pantry. Additional furniture was donated by The Furniture Trust and Circle Furniture. The move occurred on April 1st, the 24th anniversary of the founding of Margulies Perruzzi Architects.

“I’m thrilled to be coordinating this Up & Out effort on behalf of MPA,” said Sarah, marketing and business development coordinator at MPA. “We have devoted considerable time and effort into making this Up & Out successful, and the move to a new home will make a profound difference in the lives of this mother and daughter. MPA’s role in this move has been very rewarding.”

“MPA’s support of Heading Home is part of our firm-wide commitment to community and professional responsibility,” said Marc Margulies, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “It is extremely gratifying for us to assist Heading Home in such a tangible way by moving this young family to their new home and getting them started on the path towards self-sufficiency.”

Since 1990, MPA has played an integral role with Heading Home as a committed corporate sponsor, philanthropic leader, and pro-bono real estate adviser. MPA has generously donated to Heading Home for many years, including marking the firm’s 10th and 20th anniversaries with celebratory donations to Heading Home on behalf of its clients. MPA also sponsors Heading Home’s annual Housewarming fundraising event. For more than 15 years, Marc Margulies has served as both volunteer and director, and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors.

MPA has designed four projects for Heading Home, providing pro bono due diligence, real estate guidance, architectural design, and construction administration services to help the organization find creative, community-based housing solutions. MPA staff members have volunteered their time and expertise to assist Heading Home with its real estate decisions and property renovations for the organization’s array of facilities, including emergency shelter, transitional homes, and permanent housing.

A non-profit organization, Heading Home’s mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training. The number of volunteers who gave their time to Heading Home has tripled over the last year, due in large part to the overwhelming success of the Up & Out program. Twenty-four Up & Out moves were completed last year and at least that many will be coordinated in 2012, which not only speaks to the extent of the homeless problem in Greater Boston but to the depth of Heading Home’s committed base of volunteers. For more information on Heading Home, please visit www.headinghomeinc.org.

About Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects creates buildings and corporate interiors for clients who value design. The firm services the corporate, professional services, healthcare, research/lab, and real estate communities with a focus on sustainable design. Clients include Manulife/John Hancock, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Fallon Clinic, Sapient, Hobbs Brook Management and Forrester Research. For more information, please visit http://www.mp-architects.com.

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