The Homeless Outreach Program of the Cambridge Police Department coordinated the move with the Cambridge District Court, the Harvard Square Business Association, and First Parish Church.
The shelter, set to open to young adults between the ages 18 and 24 in December, looks to serve as a “sanctuary” for local homeless youth.
The event came together after nearly a year of planning on behalf of Karisma’s board, which currently includes 11 members, four of whom are from Harvard.
Christina H. Gao ’17, 2012 Skate America silver medalist, performs a layback spin during Evening with Champions, a charity figure skating show run by Harvard students benefiting the Jimmy Fund for cancer research. In addition to skating in the show, Gao works as the skater liaison for the Evening with Champions board.