People helping people.
That's what Haley House is all about. Fostering relationships. Connecting. Sharing. Backgrounds and hierarchy melt away. We are all one. Moving toward a common goal. Mutual respect for all.
What is your role at Haley House?
I volunteer in the office several days a week, assist in various aspects of our owned and leased real estate and serve as Board Treasurer. My husband and I have been honored to prepare and serve the Elder Meal once per month for the past 16 years.
What brought you to Haley House?
Having always had great admiration for Dorothy Day, I eagerly agreed to help a dear friend, Beverly Pratt, prepare the mid-day Sunday meal at Haley House in 1986. I have a vivid recollection of that day from helping Bev put together a creative and delicious meal (which only Bev could) with the potpourri of donated goods we found in the basement. After we served our guests in the crowded, smoke filled room with Kathe playing chess in a corner, I then brought a meal to and shared the meal and conversation with Mr. Hearn, a blind elder who lived across the street at the McKenna's. Although it took me a few years to become a regular volunteer, my first impression of Haley House was that of an unusual community full of grace, warmth and compassion. I was hooked.
Favorite Dish at HHBC/Soup kitchen/Noonday?
Soup Kitchen- Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Clare's Roasted Potatoes- both a la Larry Manchester Bakery/Cafe- Curried Chicken Salad, Caesar Salad
Favorite Downtime Activity?
Favorite/memorable HH Moment?
Several really joyous memories-Danny Cordon's wedding and all the amazing Haley House friends who were there and looking very chic (including Danny and family), helping Abdi move his household from Lynn to Boston which involved the efforts of many from the Haley House community and, finally, having Ramona tell us that she had yet another big victory in her life by quitting smoking.