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3 November 2015
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November News Update

A Life Rooted in Justice: John McKenna

On 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. 

John McKenna
In 1966, John found a kindred spirit and partner in Kathe, his wife of 49 years (they honeymooned on James Meredith's "March Against Fear.") When they saw men sleeping in doorways in the South End in the mid 1960s, they provided hospitality, inviting men to sleep in their living room. When the need to feed, clothe and shelter homeless men exceeded the space in their apartment on Upton Street, together with like-minded friends, they purchased 23 Dartmouth Street and founded Haley House of Hospitality. To cover the bills, John dug graves at Brook Farm cemetery. In order to support their growing family, John became an MBTA police officer, and later put himself through Suffolk Law School. He passed the bar on his first try and practiced law for 14 years. Gov. Weld appointed him to an administrative law judgeship in 1992. John eventually went back to providing direct care to homeless individuals and families at Pine Street Inn and Sojourner House, and continued to serve the community in many ways. 

John is survived by his wife, Kathe; daughters Tamara McKenna, Johanna McCarthy, Molly Canick, and Brigid McCaffrey; sons-in-law Thomas Brown, Simon Canick, and Kevin McCaffrey; grandchildren Oscar, Lucy, Beatrice, Miles, Sam, Reilly, Finn, and Amalia; sisters Joan Beth Condon and Maureen Horn; and brothers in-law Robert Condon and David Horn and many nieces and nephews. John's memory and dedication to justice continue to inspire the mission of Haley House, but he is already missed. There will be a memorial service for John on Saturday, December 5th. Click here to read the full obituary.

Please Come: A Sweeter Life Fundraiser 

Please join us THIS Sunday, November 8th from 3-5 pm for our annual "A Sweeter Life" dessert fundraiser at Haley House Bakery Café. Boston's finest dessert chefs will showcase their signature treats at a "tasting" fundraiser honoring Haley House's Transitional Employment Program, which supports individuals transitioning from incarceration. Tickets for the main event cost $50. From 2-3 pm, the pastry and dessert chefs will host a special meet & greet reception – an early-admission ticket ($100, includes main event) is required for this pre-event gathering.
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This year, our fabulous line-up of bakers includes: Lee Napoli (Chocolee Chocolates), Brian Mercury (Harvest Restaurant), Gus Rancatore (Toscanini's Ice Cream), Julius Johnson (Sifted Cakes), Maria Farrah Howell (chocolate + sel), Audley Mills (Dot2Dot Café), Jessica Morris (Flour Bakery + Café), Tara (Blackbird Doughnuts), Gates Cleghorn (Boston Day & Evening Academy), Dana Love (Ice Cream), and Haley House Bakery Café's own pastry chefs, Naun Rivera & Bettina Scemama. This event is generously sponsored by MG2, Shawmut Construction, and Sasaki Associates. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

'Tis the Season for Haley House Pies!

The annual Haley House Pie Drive is underway! Time is quickly running out to submit your orders for your scrumptious made-from scratch pies using the freshest (mostly local) ingredients by the incredible team of bakers at Haley House. This year's lineup includes: 
  • Apple Crumb (featuring Granny Smith apples from Brookdale Farm in Hollis, NH)
  • Blueberry Crumble (with wild Maine blueberries)
  • Pecan (using agave – no corn syrup!)
  • Pumpkin (a Thanksgiving classic)
  • Sweet Potato (the real deal!)
  • Gluten-Free Sweet Potato (the real deal, minus the gluten!)
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Proceeds from the sale of pies benefit the Transitional Employment  Program (TEP), which assists women and men transitioning from incarceration. Pies are available for $22 ($25 for gluten-free pies). Pick-up is at Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade Street, Roxbury) from Monday, November 23rd to Wednesday, November 25th, with complimentary delivery (within Boston & Cambridge) for orders of 10 or more pies. Group orders can be organized by "Pie Captains." The order deadline is Tuesday, November 17th. Call (617) 318-6008 to order your pies over the phone, stop by HHBC, or visit to order online (and find materials for Pie Captains)!

Dudley Dough... Open for Business!

In case you've missed the news, Dudley Dough, Haley House’s new social enterprise pizza shop, is now open for business! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to join in the fun (and good eats) during our opening week... 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 more. To read more, check out this article from with some beautiful pictures of the fabulous staff in action. If you've already visited Dudley Dough and you liked what you ate, we'd love to have you write a review (Yelp, Facebook, Google, Zomato). Dudley Dough is also hosting a clothing drive for the guests in our Soup Kitchen: men's clothes can be dropped off from Thurs. 11/5-Tues. 11/24 at DD. Check out the sidebar for our highest-priority needs. 

Garden Updates: Come Help Harvest!

It's a busy time of year in our gardens, and we'd love to have a few extra hands to help out! This month's Workday at McKinley Garden will be Saturday, November 14th from 10 am-12 pm (meet at 23 Dartmouth Street, South End). No tools needed, all experience levels and ages welcome. RSVP to Cara.

And we're looking for lots of volunteers to help out at Thornton Gardens & Farm in Roxbury this month. Come join us for one the Saturday Workdays: 11/7, 11/14 and 11/21 from 10 am-12 pm, meet at 95 Thornton Street. Contact Karsten to RSVP. 

And contact Cara if you'd like to be included in the monthly garden email updates!Thornton Farm & Gardens

Homelessness + Racism + Social Justice? 

"Homelessness mirrors everything that is broken in our society. It reflects our biases, our meanness, our lack of compassion and our views of each other as fellow human beings." So begins a compelling two-part article by Jeff Olivet at Huffington Post (click here for part 1 & part 2) drawing attention to the ways that racism is at work in our policies about affordable housing, criminal justice, employment law, and social services. While these articles raise more questions than answers, we think they're worth a read and discussion. 

Neighborhood Harvest Festival: THANKS!

Harvest Festival

Many thanks to friends and neighbors who helped celebrate autumn during our first Neighborhood Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17th at our Soup Kitchen. Highlights included an old-fashioned cider press (courtesy of Allandale Farm), treats from Dudley Dough and Lee Napoli's Chocolee Chocolates, and a sampling of Haley House Thanksgiving Pies! 


**HHBC closed Thurs. 11/26 – Sun. 11/29**

No Community Tables Sat. 11/28; double seating for Thanksgiving Community Tables on Sat. 11/21 (see below for details)


11/5: Art Is Life Itself! featuring Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative + Spoken Word Artist Jha D Williams + open mic, 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

11/7: Thornton Garden Workday 10 am-12 pm, meet at 95 Thornton Street (RSVP to Karsten)

11/8: A Sweeter Life Dessert Fundraiser 3-5 pm at HHBC (more info + tickets)

11/12: Art Is Life Itself!  featuring recording artist Radiant Jasmin + "SpelHouse" Historically Black Colleges & Universities: The Black Ivy League School Experience + open mic, 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

11/13: House Slam featuring Taylor Steele, doors open at 6:30 pm at HHBC (more info)

11/14: Thornton Garden Workday 10 am-12 pm, meet at 95 Thornton Street (RSVP to Karsten)

11/14: McKinley Garden Workday 10 am-12 pm, meet at 23 Dartmouth Street (RSVP to Cara)

11/17: Roxbury History Series "African Americans in the Military (and in the Peace Movement)," 7-9 pm at HHBC (more info)

11/19: Art Is Life Itself! Dynamic Duo Poets Crystal Beck & Didi Delgado, You Can Heal Yourself by Lynnette Crosby, 7-10 pm at HHBC (more info)

11/21: Thornton Garden Workday 10 am-12 pm, meet at 95 Thornton Street (RSVP to Karsten)

11/21: Thanksgiving Community Tables Two seatings: 5-6:30 pm, 7-8:30 pm at HHBC
11/27: The House Slam Doors open at 6:30 pm at HHBC (more info)

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

12/5: Memorial Service for John McKenna 2 pm (further details in next month's newsletter)

12/9: Roxbury History Series: Stokely Carmichael: A Conversation 7 pm at HHBC (more info)

2/21/16: 8th Annual Souper Bowl Fundraiser & Kick-off to 50th Anniversary Year at HHBC, details to follow

Volunteer Opportunities

We're especially in need of volunteers when our college regulars are out of town. Dates include: Nov. 23rd-30th (Thanksgiving break), and December 10th-January 31st (holiday break). Please click here to register and view available dates.

Dudley Dough Hours & Menu

7 am-8 pm

To see our menu, click here.

Donation Needs

Soup Kitchen:
  • Silverware
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Tool Boxes
  • Food Processor
  • Screw Drivers
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
  • boots and shoes
  • pants
  • new men's underwear
  • new wool or cotton socks
  • thermal underwear
  • sweaters and sweatshirts
  • winter hats, gloves, and scarves
  • backpacks
  • toiletries

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

Apartment for Rent

Can't live without your daily cookie from Haley House Bakery Café? There's a vacancy for an apartment right above our cafe at 12 Dade Street (3 bedroom, 3 bath, $3200 per month). Contact Jill for more information. 

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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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