The Rescueteers Walked 20 Miles for Project Bread
The 2013 Hunger Walk
Lauren, Sarah, Megan, and Reilly at the starting line
On Sunday, May 5th, a team of Boston Rescue Mission staff walked 20 miles together in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger.
The team felt called to walk because the Boston Rescue Mission could not offer its lifesaving meals without Project Bread’s continued support of our organization and our community.
The Mission’s team was made up of AmeriCorps VISTA members Lauren and Reilly, and case managers Megan and Sarah. After witnessing the effects of hunger everyday at the Mission they were all excited to put on their walking shoes in order to provide healthy and nutritious meals to the people who need it most.
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our fundraising goal!
Tim Smith Wins Ed O'Neil Award
MHSA Presents Inaugural Award to Longime Mission Case Manager
From L to R Rep. Martin J. Walsh, Tim Smith and Rosalie O'Neil
Photo courtesy MHSA
When Tim Smith started handing out towels at the Boston Rescue Mission, he never thought he would receive an award for it.
But at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) on December 6, he sure did.
Tim received MHSA's inagural Ed O'Neil Award, given to a distinguished direct care worker based at one of MHSA's member agencies who, through his or her work, has demonstrated a strong commitment to ending homelessness. In his remarks, Tim thanked the O'Neil family, his workplace mentors, and his most cherished role models--6 brothers, 2 sisters, and deceased parents--who shaped his career in helping those around him.
"Sometimes what we see and hear is heartbreaking," says Tim about his work, "and yet we will also be able to bear witness to kindness, recovery, and the healing of spirits that makes us joyful."
After a bout of homelessness, Tim began his time at the Boston Rescue Mission volunteering in the overnight shelter. Over the past ten years, Tim filled many positions, but today oversees the Mission's Safe Haven program for homeless veterans, the On the Job training program, and maintains a caseload as well.
A recent graduate of the Safe Haven program sent a letter concerning Tim’s leadership. A portion of that letter reads as follows: “Throughout my stay at the house I had established what I consider an excellent rapport with Mr. Smith. At all times his professional demeanor was beyond reproach and his “Can Do – Will Do” attitude in assisting the veteran was inexhaustible….However, perhaps the most significant attribute that he possessed, was his personal compassion, kindness, and absolute respect for the veteran. It was rather refreshing to observe how he always made himself accessible to all….Simply, it is individuals like Tim that make this program a success. And I am living proof of this.”
While working full-time at the Mission, Tim earned a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor certification. Tim's dedication to lifting up homeless individuals inspires program members and staff alike, and the whole Mission community joins in celebrating Tim's care for people in need.
NHL and TD Garden Feed the Hungry After Every EventFor 41 home games each year, the Boston Bruins fill the TD Garden with hungry fans. Every year, the Bruins and the NHL partnering with local human service agencies to distribute all their unsold prepared food to those who are less fortunate. The idea came from Rock and Wrap it Up!, a New York think tank who is helping institutions to battle poverty by donating unwanted assets to those in need.
After finalizing details for the Bruins games, the donation policy was graciously extended to all TD Garden events, including Boston Celtics games, concerts--any time concessions are sold. We're very thankful for the blessings we receive!
Thanks also to David Filipov at the Boston Globe for his coverage of this story.