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Our Impact

From our single, pass-the-hat collection of a few dollars to help one footwear worker and his family avoid eviction from their apartment in 1939, to the $1.4 million in emergency financial support that prevented 610 evictions, kept the heat and lights on for 161 footwear families, and much more in 2021 — Two Ten is committed to lifting up the lives of footwear employees in crisis.


Community Stories

Over the years, we have impacted the lives of thousands of clients, scholars, donors and leaders in the footwear industry; each one of them has an amazing story to tell. We invite you to tell us how Two Ten has impacted your life.

We lost everything, but Two Ten restored our hope.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nearly 8,000 miles away from our Boston office, Typhoon Soudelor raked Saipan (in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), leaving many of its 55,000 residents without water and electricity. Rose, a pregnant 37-year-old footwear sales associate, and her family of five were among those left in the ruins. At the height of the … Read More

One Thing After Another

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Karen* received financial assistance from Two Ten a few months ago, and was kind enough to share her story. “We were facing a financial disaster. Soon after my husband learned he would need expensive surgery that would keep him out of work for months, our mortgage payments went through the roof. There was no way … Read More

Real Shoe People. Real Shoe Stories. – Frannie

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Frannie* and her family were literally five days away from eviction. She was expecting a baby and her husband, in desperate need of back surgery, could no longer work. She  didn’t know how they were going to make ends meet. Thankfully, a co-worker shared a story with Frannie about how Two Ten had helped her … Read More

In just four minutes, we lost everything.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My husband smelled the smoke first and moved quickly through the house to identify the source. Moments later, our floors and walls were engulfed in flames in what’s called a flash fire. While we both made it out of the house safely, I realized that our two cats were still inside. Without thinking, I ran … Read More

Real Shoe People. Real Shoe Stories. – Video

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The unexpected happens to everyone —at some point in their lives. When it does, Two Ten is there to help shoepeople, compassionately, confidentially and with speed. Chris, Christine and David are just three of the thousands of people that Two Ten provides assistance to each year. If you know of anyone who is struggling and … Read More