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1 December 2015
December News Update

Giving Thanks & #GivingTuesday

Haley House exists because of an extraordinary network of volunteers and supporters of all kinds. We are genuinely grateful to work alongside all of YOU to make our vision for a more connected and loving community possible! 


Donations of all kinds have kept Haley House going for nearly 50 years! If you are getting ready to make donations at the end of the year, consider supporting the vital work of Haley House by making a monetary contribution (click here to donate online), contributing to our clothing room, or joining us in the kitchen or garden as a volunteer. (We're especially in need of volunteers in the soup kitchen while our regular college volunteers are on holiday break--see sidebar for our volunteer & donation needs). You can also click here for a full list of our current wish-list. 

Honoring Two Haley House Heroes: John McKenna & Alden Poole

John McKennaOn October 17th, John McKenna, co-founder of Haley House, died surrounded by his loving family and friends after a long illness. Born in Roxbury in 1944, John was a man of action whose life was rooted in fairness and justice.There will be a memorial service for John on Saturday, December 5th at 2 pm in the Bruce C. Bolling BuildingClick here to read the full obituary.

On the same day, long-time friend of Haley House, Alden Poole also passed away.  Alden and his wife Janet have been connected to the Haley House community for many decades, serving in our soup kitchen and as steady beacons of social justice and leaders in non-violent actions. Click here to read about his extraordinary life and legacy. 

Setting the Table for the Next 50 Years

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In February of 2016, Haley House will begin a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary, culminating in a big ol' Haley House style party on December 3, 2016 (details to follow)... but in the meantime, make sure to SAVE THE DATE!

And if you can't wait for the USPS any longer, click here to check out our annual newsletter for some really fun stories from the last 50 years and some updates from this past year. Got a great story you'd like to share or want to get more involved in the 50th celebration? Email us, give us a ring at 617-236-8132, or stop by! 

Gifts that Keep on Giving!

10648934_10152985902198274_8255655945935121530_oLooking for a holiday gift with purpose? Consider supporting Haley House by purchasing: 
  • Holiday Cookie Boxes ($22 each)
  • Haley House t-shirts ($18)
  • Gift cards to Haley House Bakery Café and Dudley Dough
Order by phone (617-939-6837), email, or in-person at Haley House Bakery Café. (For Dudley Dough gift cards, please call 617-308-3058.)

Thanks For Eating Our Desserts & Pies!

TEP thanks Danielle and Roy 2We can't thank you enough for supporting Haley House this past month by eating so many sweets! Thanks to all who helped make our annual "A Sweeter Life" dessert fundraiser such a beautiful celebration of the Transitional Employment Program (Sunday, November 15). 

Special shout out to our incredible pastry chefs: organizer Lee Napoli (Chocolee Chocolates), Brian Mercury (Harvest Restaurant), Gus Rancatore (Toscanini's Ice Cream), Julius Johnson (Sifted Cakes), Maria Farrah Howell (chocolate + sel), Jessica Morris (Flour Bakery + Café), Tara (Blackbird Doughnuts), Gaitskell Cleghorn, Jr. (Paraclete Center), and Haley House Bakery Café's own pastry chefs, Bettina Scemama and the men and women of TEP. Thanks also to our generous sponsors: MG2, Shawmut Construction, and Sasaki Associates. 

We're also grateful for the tremendous support for our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Drive. A special thanks to the outstanding team at Boston College High School who purchased 105 pies (captain Ulrich Alvarez)!

Support Haley House While You Shop

If you're purchasing from Amazon this holiday season, please consider supporting Haley House by ordering through Amazon Smile. At no extra cost, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Haley House, Inc. whenever you shop using their AmazonSmile site, if you choose us as your charity of choice. Bookmark this link (or click on the button below) to support Haley House with your shopping! Thank you!

Harvesting in Roxbury: Get Your Hands Dirty

We'd love to have a few extra hands to help out with end-of-season chores at Thornton Gardens & Farm in Roxbury. Come join us this Saturday 12/5 from 10 am-12 pm; meet at 95 Thornton Street. Contact Karsten to RSVP or with questions. No special skills or prior experience necessary – all are welcome!Thornton Farm & Gardens

Split a Pie & Raise a Glass at Dudley Dough

Thanks to everyone who has already supported us by visiting Dudley Dough, Haley House's newest social enterprise. If you haven't visited yet, come on down to try one of our delicious pizzas, soups, salads, HH baked goods, Toscanini's ice cream, Equal Exchange coffee drinks, MEM tea, smoothies, and now... local beer & wine! In case you missed it, check out this article from with some beautiful pictures of the fabulous staff in action. Open Monday - Friday, 7 am – 8 pm. (We hope to be open on Saturdays early in 2016.)

HHBC closed Fri. 12/25 - Sun. 12/27 + Fri. 1/1 

(NO Community Tables Sat. Dec. 26)

Dudley Dough closed Fri. 12/25 + Fri. 1/1


12/3: Art Is Life Itself! featuring Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative + VCR Community Poet + open mic, 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

12/4: Annual Charlie King Holiday Concert 6:30 pm at HHBC (more info)

12/5: Roxbury Farm Workday 10 am-12 pm, meet at 95 Thornton Street (RSVP to Karsten)

12/5: Memorial Service for John McKenna 2 pm, lobby of Bruce C. Bolling Building (Roxbury)

12/9: Stokely Carmichael: A Conversation (Roxbury History Series) 7 pm at Central Boston Elder Services, come early for a seat! (more info)

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12/10 Quilting is Believing, Artists' Reception for Haiti Peacequilts, 5:30 - 7 pm at HHBC (more info)

12/10: Art Is Life Itself! featuring actress Obehi Janice and Singer Songwriter Shea Rose + open mic, 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

12/11: House Slam featuring Terisa Siagatonu, doors open at 6:30 pm at HHBC (more info)

12/17: Last Art Is Life Itself! of 2015: featuring House Slam Champions, Poets Porsha & Janae, killer vocalist Eesha Ramanujam + open mic,  7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

12/21: TEP graduation at 6:30 pm at HHBC (contact Jeremy for more info) 

2/21/16: Souper Bowl Fundraiser & Kick-off to 50th Anniversary Year at HHBC (more info + tickets)

Volunteer Opportunities

We're especially in need of volunteers when our college regulars are out of town, especially December 10th-January 31st (holiday break). Please click here to register and view available dates.

Donation Needs

Soup Kitchen:
  • Bowls
  • Silverware
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Tool Boxes
  • Food Processor
  • Screwdrivers
Clothing For Our Guests: 
Each Monday morning, we open the "clothing room" for our soup kitchen guests. All men's clothing donations are very much appreciated, especially:
  • winter coats
  • winter hats, gloves and scarves
  • boots and shoes
  • pants
  • new men's underwear
  • new wool or cotton socks
  • thermal underwear
  • sweaters and sweatshirts
  • backpacks
  • toiletries

Dudley Dough Hours & Menu

7 am-8 pm

Click here for the menu!

Haley House Bakery Café Hours 

**Now open for Dinner with NEW DINNER MENU ITEMS Tuesdays-Fridays**

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, Roxbury, MA 02119

Dudley Dough
2302 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
(857) 308-3058 /
Photo Credits: Paul Davey & Carmine Leighton & Karsten Frey

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