Worcester Need a New PIP!
text+pics by Rosalie Tirella
I pulled together a few of my fave, almost new, winter scarves yesterday to give to the kids under the Green Street Bridge. Saw a girl at the edge of the light at the end of the tunnel: she was wearing a dark, light-weight fall jacket, visibly COLD. Her nose and chin tucked down into her jacket collar … And there she sat, pale, thin … as if patiently waiting for spring. Warm temps.
THEN IT OCCURRED TO ME: These kids need SO MUCH MORE THAN WARM OUTERWEAR!! All these people that I see all over our city – high, homeless, freezing, suffering – really suffering! – would gat a respite from their pain, even REAL HELP, IF THE PIP SHELTER WAS STILL OPEN in Main South.
The PIP was a wet shelter that used to SHELTER for the night, CARE FOR, MEDICALLY TREAT, COUNSEL, FEED and LOVE♥️ the addicted: to alcohol – or opioids of any kind.
Former District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller of Castle Street – calling herself “the only legitimate person” in the PIP ‘hood – was the main force that shut the shelter down. Barb and her ally, the long-gone Billy Breault.
I was OK with the closure because it seemed things could get a tad out of hand there sometimes, and Barb and city officials PROMISED us all that the people would still be cared for – AND HOUSED. HOUSING FIRST! was their slogan. The new model.
But that hasn’t happened.
Now, instead of the great PIP staff – ♥️Executive Director Buddy Brusseau (who was in recovery himself and called PIP guests his “brothers and sisters” and gave hugs to all♥️ ), Health Director Dr. Garcia (wonderful♥️), the excellent cooks, the excellent social workers – caring for the people, people like the girl under the Green Street Bridge WE HAVE NOTHING.
So people with addictions GET NO REAL HELP. IN FACT THEY ARE DYING ON OUR CITY STREETS!
We need a new PIP.
WHERE DID LORRAINE, MULLEN, CDCs GO?!
… more construction mayhem in the Canal District. Weird – the only truly gentrified neighborhood in Worcester – is my old neighborhood – Green Island Kelley Sq!! We regular peeps/businesses had weak advocates: Green Island CDC, run by Billy Breault’s neice, had financial disaster after disaster and was disbanded by former CM Mike O’Brien who really weakened the neighborhood CDCs – bees in his dictatorial bonnet. The Green Island Residents Group, led by Lorraine Laurie, was just a happy pappy rubber stamp for Allen Fletcher or whatever else the city power brokers wanted. Esp at the end. The Green Island CDC was supposed to be absorbed into the Oak Hill CDC, headed by Mullen Sawyer. He did very little by us regular folks – and like Lorraine played paddy cake with the money guys thinking they would have his back. They didn’t. No more Oak Hill CDC. Bye bye, Mullen! Bye bye any REAL NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCACY GROUP.
Just in time for the WooSox. How convenient.
– text+pics by Rose T.
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😊Escarole and beans go together like no one’s business, and it’s a great soup. And it’s vegan!
😊You need 4 veggie bouillon cubes , 2 onions chopped small, 2 cloves garlic chopped small, 1 head of escarole washed well (very important – there can be dirt around the base) and chopped small, and 2 large cans of cannelli beans.
😊And a couple tablespoons of oil – that you put in the bottom of a large pot. … Sautée the onions and garlic until soft – add 2 liters of water (1/2 gallon) and bring to a soft boil.
😊Add the escarole and cook 30 mins slightly covered. Add the beans’ juice and all.
Salt and pepper to taste.