Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Somerville News Weekly Special Person of the Week: Mark Alston-Follansbee

Mark Alston-Follansbee, a familiar face and presence at Tsegyalgar East was recently featured in the Somerville News Weekly as a special person of the week.
By Frank Santangelo: 
Meet this week’s “Special Person of the Week:Mark Alston Folansbee Director of Somerville Homeless Coalition. Mark started talking to homeless people when he moved to this area in 1985 and something about them felt familiar to him.

He got upset when he learned that many of them were veterans, mostly from Vietnam. Mark had left college early in 1966 and immediately got drafted. He knew that the only reason that he wasn’t on the street too was because of the support he had from family and friends when he came back from Vietnam in 1968, even if he did lose many years of his life from the trauma that he had experienced.
 When Mark first started working with homeless people, he was convinced that we could solve this problem. Thirty years later, the problem is worse
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