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Tweet! Tweet! A little birdie told us Allen Fletcher recently bought this chunk of land in Kelley Square …

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.. for around a million bucks. You know the piece of land (pictured above) – it sorta juts out into Kelley Square. It’s the piece of no-man’s land on the corner of Water and Green streets. Mostly used for parking these days …

Should be interesting to see how Allen reinvents the property!

Allen works fast!

He’ll probably have workmen (and workwomen, we hope!) at the site by next year, digging and bulldozing away!

I say HOORAY!

Here’s Allen’s chance to shine! Come through for people who aren’t the latte-drinking, beer-guzzling or narcissistic poseurs who seem to have taken over my old (and present) hood! So fake! So phony! Most have a talent for nothing  … except blatant self-promotion! It’s manipulative … not real. Just public relations. No one is anyone’s friend in the true, warts-and-all sense. Such garbage!

GET REAL, ALLEN!!!!!!

Get back to our roots!

Build up the neighborhood by creating a building/complex/NEW world to draw in:

Children/youth. They could use a branch library or an after-school center in your new space!

The families in the area, many without cars or a lot of dough. They could use a community health center in your new building. A YMCA branch, perhaps?

A CVS would be terrific! We need a pharmacy in the hood!

We need a bank branch, too!

A supermarket or TRADER JOE’S open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, with normal working person’s hours and AFFORDABLE stuff and amenable to WIC, SNAP cards and the folks who have them (cuz they are poor) IS DESPERATELY NEEDED here!  Has been for YEARS!

If you put in housing, besides the retail, PLEASE make 30% of it affordable! 

MAKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD TRULY DIVERSE AND LIVELY, Allen! Make it more than a haven for preppy young or want-to-be-young bar flies.

Create a vibrant day scene, by putting in families and kids and the more mundane stuff that keeps them doing stuff … create a neighborhood that HUMS during the day!!

You’re a good guy who doesn’t want to exclude folks, a guy who doesn’t want to see the neighborhood become a one-trick pony (barsville). That’s BORING! And you pride yourself on reinvention and risk! PERSONAL GROWTH.

Good luck in your new endeavor! and … DO THE RIGHT THINGS!

– Rosalie!

A few celebratory pics! … and news from the Worcester Latino Education Institute …

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Above: photos from Scholarship Night for Latino Scholars – awards ceremony held at Franklin Manor restaurant, Saturday night, May 30.

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Exploring my Environment: A Collaboration between the LEI, Worcester State University and the Worcester Public Schools

With support from the [Worcester] Latino Education Institute staff, teachers from Burncoat Middle School, and Worcester State Univerity’s Dr. Sebastián Veléz of the Biology Department and Dr. Eihab Jaber of the Chemistry Department, Burncoat Middle School students have been participating in a program to increase awareness about their their environment using hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities.

The focus areas are:

self identity

career options in the sciences

… and environmental topics in transportation choices, waste management, recycling, and natural resources.

Students have been doing hands-on activities and experiments focusing on ecosystems, climate change, life cycles, ecological footprints, and living a sustainable life.

The students are learning about how these environmental concepts intersect with urban life and development.

The program supports learning with field trips and participation in a community service day.

A final project will demonstrate student learning and engages students in solving a community problem using scientific methods that they have learned over this 20-week program.

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Explorando el medio ambiente
Una colaboración entre el LEI, Worcester State University y las escuelas públicas de Worcester

Con el apoyo de un equipo de colaboración entre LEI, maestras de Burncoat Middle School y el Dr. Sebastián Veléz del Departamento de Biología, así como del Dr. Eihab Jaber del Departamento de Química en Worcester State University, estudiantes de Burncoat Middle School han estado participando de un campamento de concientización sobre el impacto que tiene el medio ambiente en sus vidas, a través de su participación en actividades interactivas de STEM.  Las áreas de enfoque incluyen desde su autoidentidad, hasta orientación sobre profesiones dentro de las ciencias, y temas sobre el medio ambiente, entre los cuales se tratan, el tema de opciones para la transportación cotidiana, el reciclaje de basura, y la preservación de recursos naturales..  Como parte de este programa, en adición, los estudiantes toman cursos en biología y química. Este programa es en sí, una oportunidad para que el estudiante pueda explorar el campo de las ciencias con la asistencia de profesores de WSU.

Por su parte, los estudiantes llevan a cabo actividades interactivas, así como experimentos, los cuales se enfocan en tópicos tales como ecosistemas, cambios climáticos, ciclos biológicos de vida, y cómo lograr vivir en un entorno ecoviable.  Por ende, los estudiantes están aprendiendo cómo estos conceptos establecen una conexión entre su vida y el desarrollo urbano que los rodea a través de excursiones y la participación en un día de servicio comunitario (Earth Day) durante las vacaciones de abril.

Al final del programa, los estudiantes contarán con la oportunidad de tener una exposición oral sobre lo que han aprendido durante el transcurso de su experiencia en este campamento a través de metodología científica adquirida durante su transcurso por un período de veinte semanas.

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A Word from our Students!
íUna palabra de nuestros estudiantes!

“I like [the program] because it has activities… We get to do stuff I don’t do in my house!” – Cecilia, 7th Grade

“Me gusta [el programa] porque hay actividades… Podemos hacer cosas que no hago en casa!” – Cecilia, 7 Grado

“People can learn about fossils and animals they’ve never seen.”  -Saif, 8th Grade

“Se puede aprender sobre fósiles y animales que nunca ha visto.” – Saif, 8 Grado

“I really like the staff members.  They’re always here and ready and make things fun.” – Irianis, 8th Grade

“Me gusta mucho el equipo de trabajo.  Siempre están aquí y listos para hacer que las cosas sean divertidas.”  Irianis, 8 Grado

Go, Worcester Tree Initiative, go!!!!

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WTI – aka “The Tree People” – in action!

My name is Derek Lirange and I work for the Worcester Tree Initiative (WTI). People often affectionately refer to us as ‘the tree people’. WTI has been working to help Worcester recover from the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation discovered in 2009. Over the course of the past five years we have worked together with the City of Worcester and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to replant 30,000 trees. We have worked alongside numerous community partners to achieve this goal and in October 2014 the goal was met by planting the 30,000th tree at Burncoat High School, in one of the most greatly affected neighborhoods in Worcester.

Besides the mission to replant 30,000 trees, Worcester Tree Initiative has also been committed to educating people about the importance of trees to their community. Many people never realized the importance of trees in their neighborhood until the trees were removed. Worcester Tree Initiative organizes public training events, goes to schools to teach students, and shares the many benefits of trees with the community. Looking ahead we will continue with this mission and we hope that Worcester will become a city full of ‘tree people’!

With this goal in mind we are particularly excited about working on the CSX Youth Tree Stewards Grant, which we received from the Alliance for Community Trees. This grant has given us the opportunity to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester to teach youth from the inner city about the importance of trees and how to care for them. We will have seven sessions with the youth in the program, and each session will focus on a particular theme, stewardship, leadership, or advocacy. By working with the same kids over the course of seven weeks we will have the special opportunity of forming relationships and watching them learn. Our hope is that at the end of this program these youth will know more about what ‘tree people’ do and why it is important, and hopefully be inspired to do that work too.

Before we get there though we have a few obstacles to overcome. The Athletic Director at the Boys and Girls Club, Ruben Rosado, told us that most of the kids he spends his time with have never cared for a plant but they do spend a lot of time playing video games or watching TV. He tends to houseplants and has planted gardens around his home. He has found an enormous sense of satisfaction from watching his plants flourish and eating the fruits of his labor. He strongly supports the Youth Tree Stewards program because sees it as a chance for kids to “get away from technology and into nature.”

That is a chance that some inner city youth do not often get. We played a little game together during our first class and I found that many of our kids had never planted a tree, climbed a tree, or hiked through the woods. I know that coming from a suburb I had different opportunities than these youth do, but I cannot help but feel they are missing out. I would not be a tree person today if it were not for my regular walks in the woods.

In lieu of a field trip in 30-degree weather we had to find a way to show these kids how amazing trees are. So we told them about some of the most incredible trees in the world. Students found it incredible that the widest tree in the world, at more than 46 feet in diameter, is nearly as wide as a basketball court. They used a measuring tape to see just how big the tallest tree in the world is. For your information it is nearly twice as tall as the Boys and Girls Club building is long, it is 387 feet tall! And they could hardly believe that the oldest tree in the world, a nearly 5,000-year-old tree, is older than the Great Pyramid of Giza. By the end of class each student’s jaw had dropped at least once, it was a good way to kick the program off.

This was just the appetizer though; as the weather gets nicer we will start spending more of our time outside and connecting students to nature. This connection is a critical piece of getting people to see the value of nature. As I said before, many people do not realize the importance of a city’s urban forest. Trees and parks are usually thought of as amenities, not necessities; they are not seen as part of the infrastructure. But trees are not just for decoration and they do more than give us oxygen. Trees promote greater health, save people money, produce food, and green spaces within the city protect the natural world outside of the city.

For example, a large tree that casts shade on a house will cool the house down and reduce the need for air conditioning. This reduces energy costs and also avoids energy use, which results in fewer emissions. That same tree will intercept rainwater on its way to the sewer, slowing the water on its way to rivers and streams. This helps to stabilize these water bodies and keeps them clean for aquatic life and for people who want to swim, boat, or fish. Trees clean the air, which in cities can be very dirty and lead to poor respiratory health. And of course, some trees produce fruit, which you might have as a healthy snack or harvest for sale. Worcester Tree Initiative has planted numerous urban orchards and fruiting groves for private and public use.

There is also a lot of research connecting trees to health in ways that you would never have expected, like reduced crime rates, higher test grades, and healthier birth weights. The most famous study came out nearly 30 years ago showing that hospital patients with a view of green spaces outside their window recovered faster and took fewer medications than patients whose rooms looked out onto the wall of another building. There is clearly more to trees than meets the eye! Cities need people who understand these benefits to be advocates for the urban forest.

In the Youth Tree Stewards Program we will talk about all of this and we will also give students the skills to be stewards of the environment. In our time together students will learn the basics of tree identification, pruning, and how to plant and care for trees. Together we will plant 5 trees at the Worcester Boys and Girls Club and we will do maintenance on the trees in their parking lot.

The Youth Tree Stewards program will also give students the opportunity to meet professional ‘tree people’. Many people never realize that there is a whole world of opportunities to explore by working with the natural world.

We are very excited to welcome professional arborist Melissa Levangie as a guest speaker to talk about arboriculture. She will be showing students her climbing gear and demonstrating climbing techniques. She teaches with a lot of enthusiasm and whenever she presents people of every age leave excited and talking about what she just taught them. This presentation will be a chance to show young people a set of skills that is totally new to them.

We hope that by showing the Youth Tree Stewards what an arborist does and connecting them to plants and nature they will realize that there are a lot of opportunities for them to work and play outside.  They could be good stewards of the environment as landscapers or arborists and they could be leaders working in a national park or right in the urban forest. There are all sorts of tree people in the world and we want to ensure that urban youth know that they can be tree people too.

This exciting program has just begun and it has already been a lot of fun. The students are engaged, asking questions, and taking part in activities. We will finish up our classroom time in the beginning of May but for the kids in the Youth Tree Stewards program, that may just be the beginning of a very green future.

Spay your girl cats! … and kitties up for adoption at the Worcester Animal Rescue League

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This beautiful, BEAUTIFUL cat is ready to be adopted at the Worcester Animal Rescue League, Holden Street, Worcester.

To see all the WARL kitties up for adoption, in need of loving forever homes, CLICK HERE!    – R. Tirella 

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Now is the time to spay and neuter your cats!

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

The kittens are coming. In many parts of the country, they’re already here, a result of spring’s longer days, which shift a cat’s breeding cycle into overdrive. One animal shelter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reported taking in 18 kittens younger than 2 months old on a recent Sunday, including five who were less than 2 weeks old and still nursing. At a shelter in Oakland, Calif., the number of kittens being surrendered is 38 percent higher than it was a year ago. Shelters in Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties reportedly took in nearly 9,000 kittens and cats from April through July of last year.

There aren’t anywhere near enough good homes available for all of these kittens—or for the countless adult cats already waiting in shelters—which is why it’s so important to snip this problem in the bud by spaying and neutering cats now.

Cats are prolific breeders, and many people who delay having their feline companion spayed are surprised to discover that their kitten has become a mother herself. Female cats can go into heat every two to three weeks and can become pregnant at as young as 4 months of age—which is why early spaying is a must. Cats can even become pregnant again while they are still nursing kittens—enabling a single cat to give birth to multiple litters over the course of just one season. During a span of seven years, one unaltered female cat and her offspring can give birth to a staggering 370,000 kittens.

These births are far from joyous occasions. Mother cats eking out a meager existence on the streets have nowhere safe to bring their kittens into the world. After searching frantically for a nesting spot, many cats give birth under porches or sheds, in the back of someone’s garage, in abandoned buildings or even in drainage pipes. Kittens born on the streets face the same short, hard lives as their mothers.

One tiny kitten who was only about a week old was already suffering from ear mites, fleas, worms, anemia and an upper respiratory infection when PETA’s fieldworkers came to the rescue. Three other kittens had such severe upper respiratory infections that their eyes had ulcerated, causing them to go blind. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 75 percent of free-roaming kittens disappear or die—most by trauma—before they turn 6 months old. Kittens who survive long enough will inevitably mate and have litters of their own, perpetuating the cycle of homelessness and suffering.

Luckier kittens end up in animal shelters, but most shelters are already scrambling to accommodate the endless stream of homeless cats and dogs coming through their doors every day. The surge of new kittens means that other animals—often sweet senior cats who have been overlooked—must be euthanized in order to make room for the newcomers. And with so many kittens flooding shelters, there’s no guarantee that even the cutest ones will be adopted. Every day, shelter workers have the heart-crushing task of euthanizing animals whose lives have just begun because the animals are abundant and adopters are few.

So please, if you’ve heard your neighbor’s cat howling at night in search of a mate, get permission to have him or her sterilized, and encourage your neighbor to keep the cat indoors. If there’s a stray hanging around your back door, take him or her to a shelter right away. And, for the love of kittens, if you’ve been meaning to make an appointment to have your own feline friend spayed or neutered but just haven’t gotten around to it, don’t delay—get that cat fixed today

Outstanding! Friendly House youth tour colleges

Here are some pictures from our overnight college tour April 21st & 22nd in New York.

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This experience included 7 participants, 2 staff & 2 volunteers. Some of the things we did during these two days:

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·         Tour:
o   University of Connecticut

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o   Brooklyn College
o   Queens

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Visit:

o  Time Square
o   Ripley’s Believe it or Not
o   Brooklyn Bridge
o   Brooklyn Barclay Center

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·         Highlights:
o   Exploring NY using NY transportation (subway)

286– Danielle Delgado, Director of Child, Youth & Family Departments,Friendly House, Inc. 36 Wall St.

The American Chestnut tree returns to Worcester!

By Ruth Seward, Director of the Worcester Tree Initiative

The American Chestnut tree was a dominant tree species in the forests of eastern America.  People depended on this fast-growing tree for its wood which is light-weight, easy to work with, and rot resistant, making it ideal for any projects, including building homes and barns, fences, furniture and even musical instruments. The nut was also a central part of American life as a feed for livestock and a crucial food source for wildlife.  The chestnut was also a reliable source of nutrition for families throughout the United States, and it was common for people to forage the nuts and utilize them in daily recipes or sell them for extra income.

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However, in the early 1900’s a fungal blight accidentally introduced from Asia began to kill the American Chestnut.  The trees in our North American Forests had no resistance to this newly introduced organism.  Working its way through the forests this fungal disease killed every Chestnut tree in its way. By 1950 virtually all of the American Chestnut Trees had vanished from the American landscape with the exception of a few scattered trees located mostly in Virginia.

This tragic loss spurred some early, unsuccessful efforts to find resistant varieties of American Chestnuts and to breed them. However, no hope was found among the surviving trees. In 1985 The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) was created as a way to organize the reintroduction of a blight resistant chestnut tree.  By cross-breeding the Chinese Chestnut Tree and the American Chestnut Tree TACF has successfully developed hybrid species which are resistant to the blight.

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By continuing to breed these resistant varieties with true American Chestnuts TACF now has a hybrid which is genetically 93% American Chestnut. And the nut of these trees looks and tastes like the original! By planting these saplings in the native habitat of historic American Chestnut trees eventually a new forest will emerge and the important lumber and food crop will be restored.

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the Worcester Tree Initiative, in partnership with the City of Worcester, Green Hill Park Coalition, Worcester Technical High School, the Worcester Garden Club, and the American Chestnut Foundation celebrated Arbor Day by planting 15 American Chestnut Trees in Green Hill Park on Skyline Drive.

This is an incredible milestone in bringing back this iconic American tree! Worcester is honored to be the recipient of such a generous gift. In particular this gift is significant in the face of the loss of city trees to the Asian Longhorned Beetle in the wooded areas adjacent to Green Hill park. These trees are symbols of the resilience of trees and forests. The trees, which grow very quickly, will soon be casting shade and producing their spiny, shelled fruits.

We look forward to watching them thrive in Green Hill park and eventually finding saplings sprouting in the forest!

Piedmont: The Mustard Seed’s Donna D. receives key to our city from Mayor Petty and D 4 City Councilor Rivera!

Text and photos by Ron O’Clair

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District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera, the Mustard Seed soup kitchen’s Donna Domiziano and Mayor Joseph Petty stand yesterday at the end of the handicapped ramp leading into the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker House at 93 Piedmont St. where Donna has been in charge for the last three decades feeding and even clothing the needy who came through the doors looking for help. They gave Donna a Key to the City for all her selfless work on behalf of Worcester’s downtrodden.

Donna did not want to stop serving the poor, but the people in charge decided that she had served long enough and deserved a well needed rest, so she is being retired.

Donna still plans to help those in need with an operation out of the trunk of her car when she gets settled in her new apartment, which is being provided through the Catholic Diocese here in Worcester.

I can’t say enough about the Catholic faith here in Worcester that has been seeing to the needs of the homeless and hungry people of Worcester for many years. The Mustard Seed is a testament to the ability of concerned and caring individuals to provide sustenance to all regardless of religious affiliation, race, gender, or economic status. Very rarely have they turned anyone away from these programs and, when they did, there was generally a need to do so in order to prevent injury to staff or patrons from an intoxicated or unruly guest.

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Donna holds the “Key to the City of Worcester” made by students at the Worcester Technical High School on Skyline Drive. It was presented to her, with the reading of a proclamation by Mayor Petty in which her service to the community was recognized.

Donna put on a special Lasagna Dinner as a send off for the patrons that she has served all these years.

There were 17 pans of Lasagna made for the occasion served with sausage, peppers, onions, a fresh garden salad, bread, Shasta soda in Grape or Lemon/Lime and an Italian Ice push up for dessert in various tropical flavors like Papaya, Mango, and Pomegranate!

Neither Mayor Petty nor Councilor Rivera could stay to have the dinner with the people, but I sure did! And it was delicious!

Donna will be remembered for years of self-sacrifice. She says she will “Still be scattering the Seed” out of the trunk of her car when she leaves the Mustard Seed June 1, 2015. She told everyone at the dinner that they will all be getting her business card when she gets her new phone number. It will be a way to contact her if someone needs help – help that she can provide with the assistance of many of her contacts that she’s made over the years. Contacts that donate goods and food to help the needy in the Worcester County of our Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

God save the Commonwealth and God bless Donna Domiziano!

A summer like no other – the Friendly House Summer Gym & Swim Day Camp!

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By Danielle Delgado, director of Child, Youth & Family Departments

Often as adults we will sit and reminisce about our childhood when our lives were worry-free! That priceless statement: “If I only knew then, what I know now.” No bills to pay, no major responsibilities and everything was great! Our days consisted of playing outside all day, beating the street lights home and potentially going to camps if we were lucky. We didn’t have to worry about things such as having a cell phone signal, cyber bulling or social media.

Friendly House, located at 36 Wall St., in Worcester’s Grafton Hill, recognizes that days like these are limited and wants to make sure our youth are able to enjoy every moment of their childhood. Friendly House has a rich history of offering youth programs for more than 30 years, which has helped to create lasting memories for thousands of people. 

These programs have helped to build leadership, social, emotional and academic skills. In addition, they have also helped to create healthier individuals through the various recreation programs and activities that are offered. Friendly House youth programs have been the foundation for many lifelong friendships, mentorships and extended families. It has also been the place where so many youth have been engaged in once in a lifetime opportunities.

One of the most seasoned and successful programs at Friendly  House is its Summer Gym & Swim Camp. This camp gives over 250 inner-city children an opportunity to explore nature, learn how to swim and create and build upon their individual and teams building skills, at various state parks during the course of the summer. Each year this program has grown tremendously in its capacity and its program offerings. The current Gym & Swim program consists of engaging 150 children a week in five program periods each day including: Recreation, Arts and Crafts, Swim, Education and Enrichment.

These activities are conducted at the 36 Wall Street location once a week and at various State Parks (rotating) three days a week, concluding with an experiential often hands-on field trip at the end of the week. All activities are lead and supervised by a very experienced, well trained summer camp staff. The summer camp curriculum often aligns with the Worcester Public School curriculum, helping to close the gap of the participants having any summer learning loss.

On an average summer morning at Friendly House, prior to walking into the building, you will see buses lined up outside, either dropping off the program participants or waiting to bring them off to their daily adventure. Once you walk into our facility you will hear the many excited voices of children singing songs during camp opening, voices counting off for a buddy check or the one lonely voice of the Camp Directors giving a camp welcome and instruction about the day’s activities.  The expressions on the children’s faces are priceless, filled with excitement and overjoyed. Looking around the room you would see the faces of our future leaders. There sits faces of diversity, triumph and determination. A room full of many youth whom have come from unimaginable circumstances, but for that moment, for that day and for that week they are poured into with love, encouragement and empowerment.

Throughout the day the children are engaged in variety of activities. These activities rang from sports and recreation, to health and nutrition. A multitude of community leaders, sports figures and authors come in to conduct workshops, sports clinics and readings throughout the summer.

In addition, the children participate in a variety of themed days and weeks including: International Day, Olympic Week, Author Week and Disney Day. The Friendly House Food program provides a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack for the participants each day.  The children leave the program each day fulfilled, tired yet excited for another day. The excitement from the fun filled day is reflected in the children’s lack of physical energy as they exist the building with their parents or to board the bus for their ride home. The bus rides home are a constant reminder of all the energy exerted both physical and mentally, as the bus monitors are continuously waking the children up when they have reached their designated bus stop!

Children are not the only ones who benefit from the great experiences the children are having at camp! The parents continuously express their gratitude for the experiences that their children are having at camp. The stories shared by the parents are deeply touching. They range from life changing experience the children have had (learning to swim & making new friends) to stories stating that they wouldn’t be able to work or ever offer these experiences to their children had it not been for Friendly House. One of the parents is quoted saying: “Friendly House Gym & Swim program has completely changed my child’s life in only six short weeks. My daughter cried every day when she went to school because she had no friends. She cried for a week leading up to camp because she was afraid to go. She has major anxiety and thought no one would like her or accept her. After only two days I could see the change in her attitude. She woke up Wednesday morning early and excited to go. She had made a friend and was looking forward to twin day with her. That day I cried. I knew that was her moment and it was mine.”  That was an experience of a mother last summer. That same child is already registered for all eight weeks of camp this summer!

These experiences and many more would not be possible without the fabulous funders and sponsor Friendly House gets each year. Funds that are raised each year allow us to scholarship (partial or full) over 40 participants each week at camp. There is over $10,000 given out in scholarship each summer with a waiting list of people to still receive funds.

Friendly House is grateful for sponsors such as the Hoche-Sofield Foundation, United Way and the City or Worcester Block Grant which help to support our Gym & Swim Summer Camp. We also receive countless donations from individuals and local organizations and agencies to assist with scholarship funding.  In addition, we partner with the Worcester Housing Authority and the Department of Children and Families through grants and contract to provide over 50% of our summer camp slots to individuals in their  care or in need.

Friendly House has been the foundation for many adults’ success and most memorable moments. We have been the agency that has been there for families and children when all else has failed. Our youth programs have help to build up trust, determination, character and strength in many promising adults and young adults of today.

We hope to continue this great work and be the agency that parents want to send their children to and donors want to fund! Every year we look forward to getting bigger and doing better!