Travel and Faith Serve as Inspiration for Team Metro Housing Member

Andrew Haas grew up in a household rooted in strong faith, paving the way for a life devoted to helping those in need.

In high school, Andrew volunteered with a church group that traveled to a different site each summer to help less fortunate people. Over his four years with the group, he served meals on abandoned street corners in Detroit, rebuilt low income houses in San Antonio, and helped homeless veterans with career prep in Tampa Bay.

These experiences have led Andrew to focus on what he could do for his own community. One result of this focus is joining four other members of Team Metro Housing on April 15 when they run the 123rd edition of the Boston Marathon. Team Metro Housing has had runners compete and raise funds as part of the John Hancock Non-Profit Program since 2006. These thirteen teams of volunteer runners have raised a combined $431,000 to prevent families and individuals throughout Greater Boston from becoming homeless and help households to transition from homelessness to stability.

“I applied to Team Metro Housing in order to make a difference to those less fortunate than myself,” said Andrew. “I have worked with the homeless in different cities across the country and wanted to make an impact in the city that I call home.”

A native of Whitinsville, MA and a graduate of Nichols College in Dudley, Andrew is a Outbound Sale Manager for Grand Circle LLC in Boston. He Works with a team of representatives to assist travelers in the booking process for their international adventures. He works with existing clients and travelers and supports the company’s referral program.

Volunteering is an important part of Andrew’s life. He has contributed his time to The Grand Circle Foundation, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Rebuilding Together, and the Boys and Girls Club.

“As a competitor and college athlete I wanted to push myself even further and to take to the streets of Boston running 26.2 miles to raise money for an organization that matched GCF and my own values.”

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