Erin Brenton has believed in the possibility of transformation ever since she transformed her own life, marred by tragedy, into one of health and joy. When she was 9, she and her sister, Heather, were traveling door to door selling Camp Fire Girls of America items when the pair were struck by an underage drunk driver. The crash cost Heather her life and left Erin with severe head and leg trauma. Supported by her parents, friends, and eventually her own loving husband and kids, Erin learned to deal with the physical repercussions of that accident. To honor her sister’s memory, she decided to help others find their own health and happiness through exercise and support. To that end, she started Girls on the Go to make a place where people of all ability levels can enjoy physical activity and strive for healthier bodies.
She and her team of instructors now fill each week with a variety of original fitness classes, from women’s boxing to men’s speed and agility training. Erin also leads one-on-one personal-training sessions and the Driveway Divas fitness program, for which an instructor comes to clients’ homes for small-group training.
The Magical Moon Foundation helps children with cancer find the warrior within by knighting them into the fellowship of Rainbow Warriors on a mission to change the world in honor of their disease. Magical Moon outfits the children in knight's garb, including a tunic and headpiece, dubs them with a knightly name, and equips them with a sword for the knighting ceremony. After, they can seek out and fulfill personal quests to help improve their communities and achieve personal goals. In the past, knights have raised funds to cure their diseases, designed an art-therapy room for other children with cancer, and studied pediatric oncology to help fight illness.
The mission at The Bridge Center lies within its name. The organization recognizes the social, physical, and emotional gaps that can exist between young people with disabilities and their community, and devises methods to bridge them. For the families and loved ones of these children and young adults, that gulf can seem hopelessly wide. But the center?s staff?professionals in fields ranging from special education to speech pathology?understands their concerns, and designs programs to help them thrive. Participants might fish, play soccer, or swim at one of the center?s nine-week summer camps to work on self-esteem and friendship-building, or develop balance and communication skills through equine-therapy-based horseback-riding lessons. As subjects get older, the curriculum tackles age-appropriate topics such as vocational training and independent life skills so they can become contributing members of society.
These programs are made possible by a 20-acre campus designed specifically for the center?s programs, where youth can learn, grow, and make friends in a safe environment. Here they do everything from play in the grassy fields to ride horses in the Riding Center?s indoor arena, and it?s all accessible to every visitor. In fact one of the founding principles of The Bridge Center was that no child should be turned away due to financial impediments, and the center strives to provide scholarships whenever the need arises.
It only makes sense that the auto detailers at Car Care are as mobile as the vehicles that they work on. Stocked with cleaning gear, their service vans travel around the Boston area before stopping at offices and homes. There, the detailers wash car exteriors by hand and venture inside to sweep, scrub, and condition all surfaces, including leather seats and miniature dance floors. Alternatively, the team also works out of four service locations. At these brick-and-mortar spots, the team replaces windshields, removes scratches, and executes all manner of auto body repair.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist?s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
PetPals has worked with 34 long-term care facilities in Brookline and Boston, reaching more than 650 residents since 2003. A veterinary behaviorist carefully screens cat and dog volunteers before they can begin visits, and the program trains both pets and their owners on how to interact with the residents to optimize experiences for everyone involved.