After a minimum of six months of separation from their abusers, survivors of domestic violence are eligible to apply for a Self-Sufficiency Grant from Web of Benefit, which funds comprehensive services necessary to help women meet their goals, including funds for housing, legal assistance, and transportation to attend school or job training. A T pass from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ensures that women in the program have guaranteed transportation for one month, and allows them to travel to school, work, job training, or job interviews.
Some problems confound the means and efforts of even the most gifted individuals; in 1904, tuberculosis was one such problem. Then, concerned citizens banded together to create the American Lung Association—one of the oldest voluntary health organizations still extant in America today—ultimately defeating the disease through the power of collective action. Today, the nature of the battle may have changed, but the spirit of community concern and volunteerism still thrives. Instead of actively fighting to cure certain diseases, the American Lung Association takes a big-picture approach, helping people quit smoking through education and encouragement, providing in-school programs for kids with asthma, and encouraging the community to keep the air healthy, breathable, and free from clouds of inhalable hornets.
Join G-Team and donate $5 to help critically ill neighbors meet their nutritional needs with home delivered meals. If G-Team members raise $150, then Community Servings will be able to feed 30 of their clients for one day. A day of meals includes soup or salad for lunch; a full-portion dinner, such as beef stew or eggplant parmesan, with a vegetable side; yogurt, fruit, or cereal for a snack; dessert; and milk. Each additional $5 raised will provide another day's meals for one person.
In addition to being a source of fresh produce for local families, the gardens provide a space for neighborhood cookouts, concerts, and other community activities. The organization's garden fences preserve consistency with the neighborhood's historic district standards while keeping the gardens aesthetically pleasing year-round. Because the organization is run completely by volunteers with no government support, SELROSLT relies on fundraising, grants, and private donations to install and maintain fencing, provide water systems, build gazebos, and otherwise maintain the community gardens.
The dining room at Rosie's Place serves lunch and dinner seven days a week to roughly 150 women and children per meal. Each meal is prepared to meet a set of nutritional standards—incorporating fruit, vegetables, and other low-sodium, low-fat ingredients—to ensure healthy eating and avoid neglecting the women's dietary needs. All diners take a seat in a communal, restaurant-style setting and are served their meals in accordance with the organization's twin commitments to treating their guests with dignity and promoting a sense of community. Annually, Rosie's Place serves 74,000 nutritionally balanced meals to dining-room guests.
Through its Social Enterprises program, Project Place operates three small businesses dedicated to providing clients with paid work experience. Participants in Clear Corners…Bright Hopes (CCBH) work in janitorial and maintenance crews throughout the Boston area for a four- to six-month period. Last year, 85 percent of CCBH graduates obtained stable employment within six months of completing the program.