Meet and Greet with Food Rescue
Lovin' Spoonfuls gathered food rescue donors and beneficiaries
to meet the other end of the food rescue process.
Former and current Mission AmeriCorps VISTA members had the fortunate opportunity to attend a recent meet and greet event hosted by Lovin’ Spoonfuls at Dante’s restaurant in Cambridge. Lauren and Allison were introduced to other organizations in the fields of food rescue and non-profit food service. Representatives from the Metro North Children’s Learning Center, Haley House, Whole Foods, and more sampled delicious fare at a pleasant indoor/outdoor setting.
Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, wanted to foster community and knowledge through the meet and greet. Ashley believed everyone would benefit from meeting the givers and receivers and she was right!
An Amazing Hike to End Homelessness
Scott Bosley's 4th Mission Fundraiser Tops them All
Over 3 bike rides and now a 15 hour hike, Scott Bosley (far left) has raised thousands to aid the neediest among us.
This summer, friend of the Mission Scott Bosley continued a long-standing commitment to preventing and ending homelessness. In the last 7 years, Scott has biked across state lines to raise funds and awareness for Mission residents and guests. This year, Scott brought three friends on an incredible hike over New Hampshire's Presidential Traverse. Scott describes the trip himself: here.
Thank you to everyone for prayers and support on behalf of the Boston Rescue Mission(BRM) for what was a very successful Presidential Traverse hike in June. 5 of us battled the elements in one very long day. In the end we hiked about 21 strenuous miles which crossed the seven presidential summits of Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, and Pierce along with Clay which is between Jefferson and Washington.
We started the hike on the Airline trail at 4:50 AM and finally came back out to the road at the top of Crawford notch at 7:45 PM. Along the way especially over the first three summits we had lots of fog, very little visibility, wet rocks which slowed us down since we had to make sure of our footing, and alas high winds. That day Mt. Washington reported wind gusts of 77 MPH which is hurricane force. We pressed on and eventually the conditions and visibility improved and we were able to take in some great views right around when we were passing Clay on the way to Washington, then onward from there. Our only concern in the afternoon was the thunderstorm threat, but although we heard and saw rumbles and flashes in the distance a couple of times, we were able to carry on and successfully complete our trek without any incidents. Everyone in the group was elated at conquering this great task and I was especially grateful having been able to do it with friends and in support of the BRM and ending homelessness.
Thanks again to everyone who donated and if by chance you meant to, you still can donate through the month of August. If you work for a large company like me don’t forget that they may match your donation as well. Thanks again to everyone and God bless! -Scott
Thank you Scott, for your tremendous work on behalf of so many in need.
Check out Scott's YouTube channel for a few short videos during the hike.
The Rescueteers Walk 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 Longtime 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.