Our mission at The Wandering Heart Project is to ensure foster and homeless children of all ages throughout Massachusetts have access to basic essentials and clothing.
The Wandering Heart Project is made possible by contributions from members of our Massachusetts community and our two co-founders.
Amanda resides in Bridgewater with her husband, 2 children (soon to be 3!) and dog. She was a pharmacy technician for 10 years at Birds Hill Pharmacy in Needham, but recently left to become a stay at home mom to her boys and is able to focus full-time on The Wandering Heart Project!
Samantha resides in Franklin with her family, dog, and seven chickens. She currently attends Bridgewater State University where she is pursuing her Master's in Social Work. Samantha works as a therapeutic mentor in the Medway school district and has worked as an in-home caregiver for individuals with Alzheimer's for over 12 years.
How it started
In September 2020, Samantha was collecting clothes around her house and from neighbors to donate to children in the foster care system. A local social worker then reached out asking for the location of the organization and was disappointed to hear it was a distance away. That's when Samantha had an idea. She immediately started calling and texting family and friends stating that she was going to start collecting clothes for foster children to distribute to local DCF offices.
When Samantha called Amanda to ask if she had any to add, instead of offering clothing, Amanda immediately wanted to be involved. Having experienced difficult times in their own childhoods, both friends understood the hardships many youth in the system face.
After discussing and then researching, they realized there was a need for readily accessible essentials and clothing for foster and homeless children in Massachusetts. They immediately sprang into action and in minutes the idea for The Wandering Heart Project was born (mostly via text message)!
Initially Amanda and Samantha thought they would start small, collecting clothing donations in corners of their homes. However, after just reaching out to family and friends and creating their first posts on social media, the outpouring of love and support from their community was overwhelming! Their little donation corners grew.
How it's going
The Wandering Heart Project now manages donations from their warehouse in Rockland, MA and storage unit in Franklin, MA.
WHP makes regular donations to foster children all over Massachusetts along with children experiencing homelessness.
They have also partnered with the Brockton WIC office to provide "Wander Bags" to families in crisis.
As of January 2021,
The Wandering Heart Project
is a registered 501(c)(3).
"Thank you for the clothes for that mom and daughter. When she came outside the shelter to get her bags she had summer clothes and open shoes. She was very happy to receive warm clothing."