August News and Events
Haley House News & Events
August 5, 2014
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Summer Break
Haley House Bakery Café will be CLOSED August 24- September 1 for staff training and cafe cleaning. There will be no Community Tables on Saturday, August 30. It will re-open on September 2

Our Soup Kitchen (Breakfast, Elder Meal and Food Pantry) will be CLOSED August 17- September 3 for summer cleaning and vacation and will re-open on September 4.


Café Buzz
Haley House Bakery Café has been praised by Boston Magazine in their 2014 Best of Boston guide, which lists "the best of everything in and around the city." Editors and readers of Boston Magazine voted HHBC the Best Neighborhood Café in Roxbury, noting "this non-profit bakery-café serves up superb food—don't miss the jerk-chicken grilled cheese—with a side of good citizenship (and free Wi-Fi)."

You never know who you might meet at HHBC: on July 30, singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill made an appearance to raffle tickets and sign posters for fans before her show at the House of Blues!
Socks, Mugs & More

Looking for a way to support Haley House? We are in need of NEW men's socks and underwear for the Soup Kitchen Clothing Room and coffee mugs for the Soup Kitchen (NOTE: used mugs are great but we cannot accept chipped mugs), a portable radio, and chess sets. Donations can be left inside the front door at 23 Dartmouth Street (please leave a note if no one is home to accept your donation). Thanks in advance!

Save the Dates 

8/9 9-11 am: Workday at McKinley Garden (South End)

8/13 5:30-7 pm: Artist Reception for Destiny Palmer (HHBC)

9/14 5:30-8:30 pm: "Plentiful Persian Dinner" TBK adult cooking class with Chef Reva Haselhorn (HHBC) Purchase tickets here.

9/21 5:30-8:30 pm: "The Far Side of Kimchi" TBK adult cooking class with Chef Didi Emmons at (HHBC) Purchase tickets here. 

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Summer CoffeeHouse

The fun continues: Join us on Thursdays for the Summer CoffeeHouse Series!

8/7 6-10 pm: "A Night of Jazz" featuring a video tribute to jazz artists from 6-7 pm and Fulani Haynes and the Jazz Collaborative from 7-10 pm

8/14 6-8 pm: Children's book release party for My Nana and Me and My Pop Pop and Me by award-winning author, storyteller, and historion Irene Smalls

8/21 6-9 pm: The House Poetry Slam hosted by Janae and Porsha 

Art Is Life Itself will return on September 4.

Cheers to Harpoon and Shawmut! 

A big shout-out to Harpoon Brewery and Shawmut Design and Construction! Harpoon Brewery recently moved to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). It is heartening to see employees brought into the "ownership" ranks --giving them a real voice in the destiny of the company to which they give their labor. For many years, Harpoon employees have also generously provided holiday decorations for the guests in our soup kitchen (AND have even taken decorations down after the season). Another good neighbor, Shawmut Design and Construction, recognizes the wisdom and practical benefits of such economic inclusion for its employees. In addition to sponsorship of this summer’s Outdoor Community Tables, Shawmut Design and Construction employees have donated their time and skills for carpentry projects in both our soup kitchen and in our social enterprise cafe. Many thanks and congratulations!

Dartmouth & Dudley: Sinking Roots
In 1966, a group of young activists opened the doors of their South End home to share food and shelter with hungry folks living on the street. Nearly fifty years later we continue to be able to offer hospitality to those who come to our doors at 23 Dartmouth (and our affordable housing units scattered throughout the South End), due in large part to the foresight of that first community, whose vision and determination secured a permanent home for generations to come.

In 2005, a few miles down the road, the Café opened its doors serving delicious, healthy food, and offering employment opportunities and a place for community to gather and grow in Dudley Square. Nearly ten years later, our mission continues to expand as our roots in Roxbury grow deeper, in tandem with our continued commitment in the South End.

Grow it. Cook it. Share it. 
Last week, five intrepid teens graduated as Peer Leaders from our pilot summer collaboration with Hawthorne Youth and Community Center (HYCC) called “Grow it. Cook it. Share it.” Peer Leaders helped prepare the land and built raised bed, trellis, and container gardens under the supervision of Master Gardener Carmine Leighton and interns Stephanie Kasper and Amy Northrop.

Grow it. Cook it. Share it. They also learned to cook healthy dishes with Chef Didi Emmons, broke down food labeling and nutritional values with Nutritionist Luisa Siniscalchi, and toured culinary hot spots around the city including our own HHBC and New England Center for Art and Technology (NECAT) alongside HYCC director, Samantha Sadd.

Our newly-minted high school Peer Leaders hail from many corners of the city and are excited to share their new skills in gardening, nutrition, and culinary arts with their friends, families, and communities.

IMG_1155 2We are so proud of this group and grateful to all those who helped make this project such a success. Keep an eye out for these powerful teens! Our next crop of Peer Leaders (middle schoolers) arrive this week and the program's second session runs through the end of August.  

Community Tables al fresco
Community Tables Intern Hannah Gingerich reports on the second annual outdoor meal & party at HHBC

10486166_10152652938558274_7767511193205737849_oThis summer's Outdoor Community Tables on Saturday, July 26 was truly a success! Throughout the evening we welcomed over 250 neighbors and friends to the Café's parking lot to share delicious food, music, dancing, and great company. Over a delicious meal, countless friendships were born and renewed!

Our celebration would not have been possible without the help of a long list of partners. Haley House would like to extend our warmest appreciation to the following sponsors, donors, performers, and organizations for helping us make this year's event possible: Shawmut Design and Construction, JP Honk Band, Fulani Haynes, Nina LaNegra, Face Painting by Theresa, Best Bees, Iggy’s Bread, Eva’s Garden, Revision Farm, Food Project, City Growers, Toscanini, Fair Foods, MEM Tea, and Purity Organic.
While Outdoor Community Tables is a once-a-year event, HHBC opens it doors for a delicious 3-course meal (pay-what-you-can) every Saturday at 5pm at HHBC. Over the past year, Community Tables has become a favorite way to spend Saturday night for many great folks... ALL are, as always, invited to join! To volunteer or for more information, contact

On the HHBC Walls:"Piece by Piece" 
Artist Destiny Palmer's work will be on display througn September 5

piecesLayers of space and lines represented by geometric and organic forms of color are revealed in one surface made of many parts in Destiny Palmer's installation "Piece by Piece", currently on display at HHBC. The parts together create a place, an environment that is seemingly limitless regardless of physical size. These paintings are not only a visual language that articulates Palmer’s personal experiences, but a conversation with the viewer, who is invited by color to engage, interpret, respond, and react. In Palmer's own words, her work “generates visceral conversations of confusion or acceptance.. It depicts both a mental and physical space that is easy to respond to.”

A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Palmer is the co-founder of Traditions Remixed, an artist collective with a goal of creating a supportive community for young artists (especially artists of color) and encouraging collaboration and networking. An Artist's Reception will be held on August 13 from 5:30-7 pm. All are invited to attend.

TEP: Real Talk & Graduation
Congratulations to the newest TEP graduates: Lisa, Luis, and Kimarni

TEPSpring2014GradsOn Thursday, July 24, Haley House’s Transitional Employment Program (TEP) celebrated our three graduates from Spring 2014: Lisa Horner, Luis Rodriguez, and Kimarni Bennett. In conjunction with graduation, HHBC hosted its annual Real Talk event, during which TEP graduates and staff shared inspiring stories and answered questions from the audience. Graduates are pictured here with TEP Program Manager Jeremy Thompson and HHBC Operations Director Carol Kong.

The goal of TEP is to break the cycle of incarceration by preparing previously incarcerated individuals for successful re-integration into the community. To date, TEP counts among its graduates 27 men and women. We are proud to report that over 75% of graduates have been able to maintain employment after graduation and the recidivism rate of TEP graduates is less than 12% (the average rate of recidivism in Massachusetts is over 40%). 

If you are interested in learning more, please visit our website or check out this recent documentary. 

What's Growing?
Updates from McKinley and Thornton Community Gardens

DSC_0325As the McKinley Garden (South End) continues to bloom, its harvest is being served in our Take Back the Kitchen classes, specials at the Café, and to the various garden birds and squirrels. Beautiful flower arrangements and herbs were featured at this summer’s Outdoor Community Tables. Our August McKinley Garden workday takes place on Saturday, August 9 from 9-11 am (meet at the Soup Kitchen on the corner of Dartmouth and Montgomery). Following the workday, please join us for refreshments and a small garden party to bid farewell to Kate Farrell, one of our summer interns.

Our raised garden beds at the Thornton Community Garden (Roxbury) are blooming with chard, tomatoes, kale, and some of the biggest corn stalks this side of Massachusetts Avenue. As we approach the harvest season, our community of neighbors, friends, and peer leaders has a lot to be proud of during this first year of planting and we are excited to expand our urban farming endeavors throughout the fall.

Welcome, Mary Lou and Karsten! 
Old friends in new roles at Haley House

Photo of MLBMary Lou Bozza first came to the Haley House community in 2000 to help serve grits and coffee in the soup kitchen as a Boston College student and later as a summer intern. Amidst the sinks of dirty dishes, conversations and relationships begun in the soup kitchen shaped her heart and mind profoundly.
Upon her return to Boston in 2011, Mary Lou returned as a weekly soup kitchen volunteer, impressed with the range of fresh and healthy food being served from the kitchens at 23 Dartmouth and 12 Dade and still in awe of the transformation made possible with each meal shared. She introduced several groups of teenagers to Haley House during her most recent tenure as a Youth Minister at Good Shepherd Parish in Wayland. In June, Haley House welcomed Mary Lou as our Development Associate and Grant Writer. Mary Lou brings with her a range of experience in
ministry, education, and non-profits, and most importantly, a deep appreciation of and dedication to the people and mission of Haley House.

Karsten Frey was born into a close-knit family, and grew up sensing photothe ocean’s awesomeness in Scituate, MA. In college he brooded over the incongruity of violent global political systems with the needs and wishes of regular people. Post-college, Karsten had the great joy of living, working, and learning for several years in Camphill Village, a large intentional community in Copake, NY. He returned to Scituate two years ago, in order to help care for a terminally ill parent and grow vegetables for his familial household.
Karsten has been dreaming of living and working at Haley House for years, ever since the “chance” meeting of a former live-in community member, who told him all about the soup kitchen and the Catholic Worker Movement. Karsten joins the Live-In Community at Haley House this month. At Haley House, Karsten will foster warmth and nourishment in the soup kitchen, coordinate logistics for the fabulous Saturday-evening Community Tables events at the Bakery Café, help maintain the 95 Thornton urban farm, and co-teach garden classes. He loves to meet members of the wider Haley House community, so don’t be shy: introduce yourself to Karsten!

Soup Kitchen, Live-in Community & Offices: (617) 236-8132
23 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116

Haley House Bakery Café: (617) 445-0900 
12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Special thanks to photographers Paul Davey, Carmine Leighton, and Francisca Barros


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