September Updates from Haley House
haley house news & events

september  2014

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On the Horizon & Our Blackboard: Economic Inclusion
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The news is full of stories about undervalued and underpaid workers, without whom businesses and society could not survive, speaking out and joining together to call for change to the status quo.

To this end, w
e are very excited to have received a research grant from the Miller Innovation Fund to support the development of our economic inclusion initiative. The Miller Innovation Fund will ensure that we are informed by others' success and best practices. It is our hope to explore a business model that guarantees a living wage and a share in the profits produced by one's labor. Stay tuned to learn more...

And if you haven't already, make sure to check out Mel King's poem on the Bakery Cafe wall: "Stand Up for Our Labors," composed for Haley House on Labor Day.  

Penny (or $50) for Your Thoughts...
Untitled-1YOU are part of the wonderfully expansive community of Haley House and we want to know more about how (and what) you're most interested in hearing from us.

Click here to take a quick survey. Those who participate will entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Haley House Bakery Cafe! Two winners ($50 each) will be announced in our October e-newsletter. 

Join Us for a SPECIAL Garden Workday
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A special garden workday will take place on Saturday, September 12th from 10 am to 2 pm.

Join us for a day with our neighbors at the beautiful 
Cooper-Crite Community Garden on Linwood Street in Roxbury. We will spend the day clearing the land of weeds, removing trees, and creating berms. This is a great chance to soak up the last of the summer sun and explore a historic part of Roxbury. This workday also includes a tour of our new Haley House urban farm in Roxbury! 
Please RSVP to Carmine. We especially welcome volunteers with experience using a chainsaw. Gloves and tools will be provided. 

To be updated on other garden news, sign up for the monthly garden e-newsletter by emailing Carmine and "like" the McKinley Garden Project on Facebook.
Farewell and Mazel Tov, Sister Linda
Linda piesIf you've worked on a Soup Kitchen shift in the past several years, when a dish is broken, you instinctively find yourself waiting to hear  "Mazel Tov" exclaimed from some corner of the kitchen. This month, we offer Sister Linda Ballard, OSC, our long time volunteer coordinator, a special "Mazel Tov" along with our heartfelt gratitude and blessings in her transition out of this role. Live-in community member Rei Champion has taken on her volunteer coordinator responsibilites and can be reached at

Breaking Our Hearts: Racial Divisions, Inequality, and Violence
In recent days, deep divisions marking our community, state, and nation have come into focus in alarming and heart-breaking ways. Tragic events of Ferguson reveal the tip of an iceberg we as a nation have grown all too good at ignoring in polite company and mainstream media. We mark the 40th anniversary of school busing in our city with a long list of questions. According to a revelatory report about crime and incarceration from the Brookings Institute: 
  • The U.S. today has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid.
  • The black-white income gap is roughly 40% greater today than in 1967.
  • A black boy born today in the U.S. has a life expectancy five years shorter than that of a white boy.
See also Nicholas Kristof’s analysis of the perilous racial landscape in which we dwell.  

How can we, as individuals and as a community, respond to the starkly divided landscape of racial divisions and tension in which we are living?

Perhaps we begin by seeking to expose all that allows the growth of vastly dissimilar worlds based on skin color and economic circumstances and by working to eradicate that which accepts division and misunderstanding and excuses murder. There are no easy answers, but let us not allow complexity or fear deter us from the work that can only be done by courageous and united communities.

Buy On-Line & Support Haley House!
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Click here to sign into Haley House's page on AmazonSmile (through your regular account), then continue shopping as usual.

Where's the Staff of HHBC Now? 
The HHBC Staff has moved into City Hall. Jared Leed's "Inside Out Show" will be on display in City Hall (3rd Floor Mezzanine) through September 25. Check it out!

​Come Cook With Us!
Adult cooking classes with our professional chefs from 5:30-8:30 pm at HHBC


Sunday 9/14: "Plentiful Persian Dinner" TBK adult cooking class with Chef Reva Raselhorn at HHBC. Purchase tickets here
**Just two tickets left!**

Friday 10/24: "A Taste of India" TBK adult class with Chef Vanessa at HHBC. Purchase tickets here. 

Sunday 10/26: "The Far Side of Kimchi" TBK adult cooking class with Didi Emmons at HHBC. Purchase tickets here

Art Is Life Itself Returns to HHBC! 
The Performance Series Embracing Art, Culture, & Sprirituality, every
Thursday from 7- 10 pm at HHBC. Click
here for more info. 

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9/11: 13th Anniversary of 9/11; Natural Bliss; the Lyrical Assassin; Open Mic

9/18: CFROP: Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners; Open Mic

9/25: "Spiritual Roots of Protest" Dialogue (50th Anniversary) Presented by author Gordon Oyer; Open Mic

10/2: The Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative; Open Mic


Join us for the Poetry Slam at HHBC on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, hosted by Jana'e Johnson and Porsha Olayiwola. Space fills up fast so come early! Doors open at 6:30 pm and kitchen is open. Click here for more details. 
9/12, 7-10 pm (featuring Venessa Marco) 
9/26, 7-10 pm

Save the Date
10/19: A Sweeter Life, the annual dessert fundraiser to benefit the Transitional Employment Program (TEP), will take place at HHBC on Sunday, October 19 from 3-5 pm. A special champagne reception will he held before the event from 2-3 pm. Tickets for both the pre-reception and the event can be purchased here

Friday 12/5: Annual Charlie King Musical Concert at HHBC. Details to follow but mark your calendars!

Community Tables
Saturdays, 5:30 pm at HHBC
Doors open at 5:00 pm. First come, first served for a 3-course, full-service, pay-what-you-wish dinner. Enjoy a locally sourced, delicously healthful meal with friends and family! Read more here.

Bakery Café Hours
Mon 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Tues 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Wed 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Thurs 7:30 am-9:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm 
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
Gloria Feinstein, 
Jared Leeds, and 
Carmine Leighton. 


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