I have a vivid memory from when I was a boy. I grew up in New Hampshire in a small town outside Portsmouth and remember seeing a homeless man during a blizzard. The man was encased in snow and I remember it was my first time seeing somebody sleeping in the street. I thought it just wasn’t right.
That experience left a real impression on me and I have found many ways to engage with organizations that help the homeless throughout my life. When my wife and I lived in Washington, D.C., I was involved with a couple of local shelters and then in 2013 I moved to Stamford. I started looking around for opportunities to be involved in my local community when the be homeful project came along. I presented the concept of this new campaign to my family foundation and it was great to see how excited everybody was about how much good they could do.
As a father, I think giving back to our community is important and I do my best to lead by example, practicing the thinking I want to model. I liked that we were able to prevent families in our own community from becoming homeless since it means a lot to me to be able to make sure other children can grow up with the same necessities I am able to offer my son.
Eric Buesing is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company and lives in Stamford with his wife and son. He serves on the board of his family foundation, which elected to make a $7,500 donation to the be homeful project to help families in his community. His contributions and others like it have already prevented more than a dozen families in Fairfield County from experiencing the hardships of homelessness.
Those interested in making leadership contributions to the be homeful project can visit behomeful.org or contact Madeline Ravich at email@example.com.