Somerville Marisa Tauro Walk to Support Homeless Veterans Attracts more than 150 Participants and Raises Nearly $8,000

Proceeds given to VOAMASS at September 5th breakfast event hosted by Renee’s Café

Somerville (September 5, 2021) – Having raised nearly $8,000 from the inaugural Marissa Tuaro Annual Walk for Homeless Veterans on August 9th, proceeds from the fundraiser were presented to Volunteers of America of Massachusetts (VOAMASS) at Renee’s Café during a breakfast celebration. VOAMASS, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for individuals through residential and outpatient behavioral health treatment, re-entry for justice-involved individuals, veteran services and senior living, has operated the MA Bay Veterans Center located on North St since 2012.

“It is our pleasure to support VOAMASS and the work at the MA Bay Veterans Center, which help veterans get the care they need and address their housing issues,” said event organizer, Marissa Tauro. The event was held at Renee’s Café and co-hosted by Maria Koutsoubaris and Renee’s Café owner Voula Koutsoubaris, and attended by event volunteers, friends, and VOAMASS staff and clients.

“VOAMASS is fortunate to have such good friends in Somerville. Our work is challenging and we rely on having a strong partnership with the City of Somerville and so many community members that understand the meaning of taking care of our veterans. We’re thrilled to accept this contribution,” said Andrew Wise, VOAMASS Director of Development & Communications.

The MA Bay Veterans Center provides transitional housing, behavioral health care, and wrap around services to previously homeless veterans.

About Volunteers of America of Massachusetts
Incorporated in 1934 and headquartered in Jamaica Plain, Volunteers of America of Massachusetts provides an array of outpatient and residential behavioral health services including substance use and behavioral health treatment for individuals, families, and veterans, as well as re-entry programming. Additionally, Volunteers of America of Massachusetts operates three assisted living residences. The organization serves approximately 3,000 individuals across Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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