SoWa's October Community Partner: Haley House

This October, all proceeds from SoWa Swag will support the Haley House, a local nonprofit neighboring SoWa. Check out the great work they do for the Boston community!

Haley House

What began with Kathe & John McKenna opening their home to men sleeping on the streets in 1966 has grown into a beloved multifaceted operation. Since 1966, the Haley House, named after Leo Haley,  has grown to encompass a soup kitchen, clothing room, and food pantry run by the live-in community,affordable housing, a Bakery Cafe, a transitional employment program, Take Back the Kitchen (a youth nutrition & cooking course), an urban agricultural program and more. By focusing their efforts on food's relationship with community, the nonprofit has broken down barriers between people, transferred new skills, and revitalized neighborhoods. 

The Haley House's South End Soup Kitchen at 23 Dartmouth Street is open six days a week and invites guests to enjoy healthy homemade meals made by passionate volunteers and dedicated members of the live-in community. Three times a week, the soup kitchen hosts Elder Meal and on Thursday mornings the kitchen distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to the neighborhood. The Haley House Bakery Cafe, located at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury, often hosts evening events such as Community Tables which includes a three course meal priced at "pay what you can." At any Haley House event, everyone has a seat at the table. At any Haley House event, everyone has a seat at the table. 

None of this work would be possible without an incredible staff. The full-service Soup Kitchen is run by a community of like-minded people, who offer their time and presence in exchange for room and board. Additionally the Haley House is an equal opportunity employer, offering a transitional employment program for those coming out of incarceration. All staff members of the Haley House are dedicated to breaking down barriers that separate people in our increasingly polarized society. People in the Haley House community resist violence and injustice by taking direct action and promoting justice and peace through their own life choices. Together the staff shares friendship, space, and material goods provided by the generosity of others. 

The Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. 
— Haley House Staff

The Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. As a result of this mission statement, the Haley House is always expanding programming and looking for more volunteers. 

Want to get involved or learn more about the Haley House? Find additional information here

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