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8 September 2015
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September Happenings

Congrats to THE Best Slam Poets in the Nation!

We couldn't be more proud to announce that our very own House Slam team was named the NATIONAL CHAMPION and swept ALL THREE TITLES at the National Slam Poetry Competition in Oakland, CA last month. The five-poet team –Porsha Olayiwola (co-founder), Janae Johnson (co-founder), Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Jonathan Mendoza, and Erich Haygun – topped 71 teams from around the country, defeating competitors from Hawaii, California, and Colorado in the thrilling final round. 

To read more about the team, check out this article from WBUR’s ARTery. Special thanks to all those who supported the team in SO MANY WAYS: by attending and participating each month in this awesome community, by donating to the cause, and generally being cheerleaders. All are invited to come down to Haley House Bakery Café this Friday for a special poetry slam to celebrate the victory – click here for more details!

Are You Ready For Pizza & Economic Justice? 

New DD Coming Soon Poster (June)
Dudley Dough, Haley House’s new social enterprise pizza shop, is just weeks away from opening! Our menu, crafted by Founding Haley House Bakery Café Chef Didi Emmons, includes an exciting assortment of healthy, locally sourced pizzas (with vegan and gluten-free options), alongside salads, our signature HH baked goods, local Toscanini's ice cream, coffee drinks, tea, craft beer, wine, and more. Beyond good food, this business is grounded in economic inclusion and profit sharing for workers

Make sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the latest updates and check out for more information about our plans. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing some delicious food & drink soon!

FREE HER Conference: Women & Incarceration

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In August, Nimita Iyer, a new member of the Haley House Live-In Community, attended the Free Her Conference on Women and Incarceration. Here are her reflections: 

For two days, more than a hundred women gathered to share personal stories of struggle and growth related to their experiences with incarceration, and the ways these experiences have inspired them to work for justice and healing. The groundbreaking conference was hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice (at Harvard Law School) and the non-profit Families for Justice as Healing. Powerhouse grassroots organizer, criminal defense attorney, and author Andrea James planned the conference (pictured above). 

The campus of Harvard Law School was filled with the extraordinary passion and energy of women who had experienced incarceration first hand, along with those indirectly affected: mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and sisters. Along with decrying the national epidemic of mass incarceration, the group identified the need to address the violence inherent throughout the prison-industrial complex and the dangers of a culture of criminalization of specific populations. To learn more about Families for Justice as Healing click here

10 Years & Going Strong: Now Open Evenings With A NEW DINNER MENU!

11221413_10153662342273274_7778062160121901079_oOn Saturday, August 29th, we celebrated 10 years of Haley House Bakery Café with a staff cookout and gathering of friends from the past 10 years. Thanks to YOU for supporting this communal labor of love and helping to make HHBC what it is today and for the many lovely birthday serenades last month (earning you free cookies!).  We look forward to celebrating future decades in Roxbury.

And we're so excited to announce that starting September 22nd, HHBC will now be open for dinner Tuesday through Friday evenings, featuring a brand new dinner menu available from 5 - 8:30 pm (closing at 9 pm). New additions include: grass-fed beef burger on homemade brioche bun with fried egg, homemade mustard pickles and baked home fries, Steve's chicken and waffles with maple butter, and fresh salad picked from our very own Thornton Farm! Also, keep your eyes peeled for new items on the Café Lunch menu!

Safe Travels & Good Luck, Claire! 

Claire and DavidLast week, we bid a fond farewell to Claire (Davis) Posey, who has served as our Manager of Programs for the past year. Prior to this role, Claire was a member of the Live-In Community. She first came to Haley House as a summer intern and wrote her master's thesis on the Transitional Employment Program at Haley House. Claire and her husband David will make their new home in Nashville, much closer to their families. 

Claire brought with her a passion for measurement and evaluation, a deep love of grammar and pranks, and, most importantly, a strong commitment to the work and mission of Haley House. She will be missed. Thank you, Claire, for all the ways you have contributed to the growth of Haley House and best wishes to you and David during this next chapter of your journey!

Farm Updates: Loads of Tomatoes & Fun!


The harvest is bountiful this time of year, and we're excited to be using lots of produce grown in our urban farm plots throughout our programming. We hope you'll come and check out our plots!

All are invited to join us at Thornton Farm Workday (located at 95 Thornton Street in Roxbury) on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am - 12 pm. RSVP to Karsten

This month's McKinley Garden Workday will be Saturday, September 19 from 10am - 12pm (meet at 23 Dartmouth Street, South End). No tools needed, all experience levels and ages welcome, please bring water. RSVP to Cara.

To read the latest Garden Newsletter, click here and contact Carmine if you'd like to receive the monthly newsletter. 

Haley House In the News...



9/9: Victory Mini-Slam Celebration 4 pm at the Grand Staircase at Boston State House, hosted by Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (more info)

9/10: OUTDOOR Art is Life Itselffeaturing the Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative, The GroovaLottos, spoken word artist Neiel Israel, & Open Mic., 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

9/11: Outdoor House Slam: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS return home for a celebration, featuring guest poet Clint Smith, starting at 6:30 at HHBC (more info)

9/12: Thornton Farm Workday 10 am - 12 pm at 95 Thornton St., Roxbury (RSVP to Karsten)

9/17: Art is Life Itself!, 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

9/19: McKinley Garden Workday 10 am - 12 pm, meet at 23 Dartmouth St. (RSVP to Cara)

9/24: Art is LIfe Itself!, 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info

9/25: The House Slam doors open at 6:30 pm at HHBC (more info)

10/21: Roxbury History Series "Through Snow, Strikes, and Strain: The Archaeology of Moving Boston," 7 pm at HHBC (more info)

Volunteer Opportunities

Special Event: 9/10 Outdoor Art Is Life Itself Celebration, 5 - 11 pm at HHBC.  Tasks include set up, break down, and during the event.  Click here to sign up.

Morning Soup Kitchen & Elder Meals: Weekday morning shifts, 5:30 - 10 am (M-F), Elder Meal Shifts, 12-3:30 pm (T, Th), Sundays (9-12, 1-4) starting now. Click here to register and view available dates.

Food PantryThursdays, 10 am - 12 pm, especially in need of Cantonese and/or Mandarin- speakers. Complete this form if you are interested in helping.

Free-Range HHBC

HHBC will be sampling food at the following fundraising events this fall. Come visit and support these great causes: 

Thursday, 9/17 Taste of Jamaica Plain, 6-9 pm at Franklin Park Zoo (more info)

Thursday, 10/1 Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health, 6 pm at Codman Square Health Center (more info)

Donation Needs

Soup Kitchen:
  • Silverware
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Ice Cube Trays
For Our Guests: 
Each Monday morning, we open the "clothing room" for our soup kitchen guests. Our supply during the summer is low, so all clothing donations are very much appreciated. 
  • T-shirts & polo-shirts
  • Men's shorts and pants
  • Baseball caps
  • Men's belts
  • Men's sneakers & shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirts & sweatshirts
  • Toiletries of all kinds, especially travel size (including razors)
Garden Wish-list:
Any gently-used garden tools would be appreciated including: 
  • Pitchforks
  • Hoes
  • Watering Cans
  • Wood Chips
  • Top Soil
  • Handsaws
  • Chainsaw Safety Equipment
Contact Karsten if you can help with any of these items.

*NEW* Café Hours (starting 9/22)

7:30 am - 6 pm

7:30 am - 9 pm

7:30 am - 10 pm

 7:30 am - 9 pm
The House Slam 6:30 pm (2nd & 4th Fridays) 

9 am - 4 pm

10 am - 4 pm
Soup Kitchen, Live-in Community, Administrative Office
23 Dartmouth Street, Boston MA 02116
617.236.8132 /

Haley House Bakery Café (+ Catering) 
12 Dade Street, Boston, MA 02119
Photo Credits: Paul Davey & Carmine Leighton

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