MRIA Plans New Boltonhill.org Website

Communications PlanMRIA may have suspended board meetings over the summer, but a group of dedicated board members were busy during the summer break.

During the downtime, Board members developed a plan to update and overhaul MRIA communications. The goal is to better integrate and streamline the systems already in place, including the main BoltonHill.org website, the Bulletin website, MRIA’s Facebook presence, the Bolton Hill Email Network (BHEN) and email communications.

With Executive Committee backing, plans for the communications overhaul will be submitted to the Board for its approval at September’s meeting.

The much-needed upgrade of MRIA’s website is the key component of the communications plan, and MRIA will be seeking the names of capable web designers interested in working with the organization on this project. Designers interested in bidding on this work should email Linda Rittelmann. An RFP will be sent out to those who have voiced interest after the Board approves the plan.

As the MRIA communications plan moves forward, the current Bolton Hill Bulletin Board and HIRD (Home Improvement Resource Directory) features on the current Boltonhill.org website will be discontinued in the near future to avoid paying a costly annual licensing fee. For many years, the Bulletin Board has been a valuable service to the neighborhood, but other free, easily accessible social media apps such as Next Door and MRIA’s page on Facebook have made it obsolete. The HIRD will be resurrected as a crowdsourced function on the new website.

Please come to September’s Board meetings on Tuesday, September 6 to hear more about the communications plan. MRIA Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from September through May. Meetings begin at 8 pm, with socializing over wine and other refreshments starting about a half an hour before that.

Board meetings are held in the Parish Hall at Memorial Episcopal, 1407 Bolton Street, and all neighbors are invited to attend. Please enter the Parish Hall on the Lafayette St. side.

The Midtown Academy Hires First Executive Director

midtown logoAfter a three-month search, The Midtown Academy is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Devon as the school’s first Executive Director.

Jennifer comes to Midtown with an extensive fundraising and management background. As a Baltimore City resident, she has spent most of her career providing fundraising counsel to organizations that support the poor and vulnerable.

As the Director of Annual Giving for the Saint Agnes Foundation she helped raise critical funds to support the needs of the hospital and their patients. As the Campaign Director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Embracing Our Mission campaign she raised over $15 million for local parishes and community projects. Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in marketing and public relations from Salisbury University and will finish her Master of Business Administration from Salisbury University in May 2017.

This past spring, Midtown’s Board of Directors, along with teachers, staff and parents decided to hire an Executive Director; the search committee included teachers, board members and supporters of our neighborhood school.

We thank the search committee for their dedication and hard work, and enthusiastically welcome Jennifer to The Midtown Academy and the Bolton Hill community!

Want to keep up with what is happening at The Midtown Academy? Like their Facebook page or visit the school’s new website.

Linden Park Renovation Nears Completion

July Cookout with neighbors & residents at Linden Park
July Cookout with neighbors & residents at Linden Park

The renovation of Linden Park Apartments, formerly known as Memorial Apartments, are nearly completed and neighbors agree: the place looks fabulous!

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the apartments, 301 McMechen St., from 2-4 pm on Tuesday, September 20.

Neighbors Connie Lieder, Barbara Cates, Monty Howard and Rina Steinhauer serve on the Memorial Apartments Corporation Board, in the interest of increasing affordable housing for folks “62 years and better.” In addition to selecting the developer and tracking the project over the past three years, the board hired renovation partners at Somerset Development, who acquired $20 million in tax-credit financing for the project.

The complex has been renovated inside and out, and Ruth Royster leads an expansive program of resident activities. Ruth regularly reaches out to the community to engage residents with neighbors. Many attended a recent summer cookout, Judith McFadden facilitates a book club, the Eutaw-Marshburn choir serenades residents regularly and there are upcoming art happenings planned with MICA.

Other improvements include a garden where residents can grow flowers and vegetables and enhanced landscaping all around the building, including the Mosher Park stretch of land where many neighbors walk their dogs. And if you haven’t visited Mosher Park lately, you will want to see the enhanced “Zippy’s Garden” at the corner of Mosher and Mason Streets, which is tended by MRIA’s own Susan Van Buren.

The Memorial Apartments Corporation Board is grateful to the Bolton Hill community for your patience and cooperation during the renovation.

Working Hard for Our Neighborhood Parks

gunther2smAfter years of negotiations and repairs, the Gunther fountain in the 1400 block Eutaw Place median is finally flowing once again, thanks to the persistence and commitment of your Bolton Hill neighbors.

Our many neighborhood parks—over twelve, in a neighborhood of fewer than 30 square blocks, and a few stretching across multiple blocks—make Bolton Hill a special place to live in the city. But these parks don’t take care of themselves.

The city’s Recreation and Parks department and the Midtown Community Benefits District provide some basic services to our parks, including mowing, tree-trimming, and sometimes watering. The Bolton Hill Garden Club also works in the parks, and raise money for greening grants that are an important resource for the neighborhood. But the lion’s share of the work done in Bolton Hill’s dozen or so parks is done by us—your neighbors. Some do it out of a desire to beautify their surroundings. Others simply love making things grow. But regardless of their reasons for doing it, it’s a lot of hard work.

Jackie Richardson is one of the neighborhood’s most tireless park caretakers. You can see her working out in Fitzgerald Park at the corner of Bolton and Wilson Streets pretty much every day from early spring until snow starts to fall. In spring, she’s preparing beds and planting. In summer, she sometimes waters the park twice daily. In fall, she’s raking leaves. Weeding happens pretty much year-round. Amazingly, she knew almost nothing about gardening when she started working with Andrew Fontanella in Fitzgerald Park several years ago. But now she is working toward getting her Master Gardener’s certification.

Jackie is currently the primary caretaker of Fitzgerald Park, and other parks are also cared for mostly by individuals—including Debbie Healy, who has turned the small triangle-shaped lot at Lanvale and Rutter St. into a shady oasis of flowering trees and perennials, and Susan Van Buren, longtime caretaker of Zippy’s Garden at the eastern end of the Mosher St. “dog park.”

Many of the neighborhood’s largest greenspaces, including the medians on Park Avenue and Eutaw Street, require the coordination of teams of volunteers, as well as collaboration with Rec and Parks, Midtown, and other City agencies to mow grass, repair fountains, and trim trees. Members of the Bolton Hill Garden Club, including Christian Roth, Brian Causey, Mary Consugar, Ellen Joyce, and others, plant urns and take care of plantings on the Eutaw Place median from the 1400 block to the 1900 block, as well as plantings around the bocce court in Sumpter Park—the bocce court was the brainchild of Mary Consugar as well.

John Kyle also organizes volunteers to care for the urns and fountains on the Park Avenue median, and Claudia Sennett helped to restore the brick wall and iron gates in Rutter’s Mill Park between Lafayette and McMechen. The neighbors surrounding the John Street Park created a non-profit organization to restore the fountain there and maintain beautiful plantings there year-round.

Working in the parks fosters a sense of community and working toward common goals. Henri Daniels helped bring the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, who organize a variety of events at their Youth and Community Center on the 1200 block of Eutaw Place, on board to help revitalize the median south of McMechen St. Duane Elliott, a KAP member who has helped organize recent park plantings and cleanups, says that their efforts on Eutaw St. are a way to bring chapter members back into the city and is just one of several initiatives they have to focus attention on West Baltimore and other city neighborhoods.

On the edges of Bolton Hill, empty, neglected spaces can attract illicit activity. The Contee-Parago Triangle Park at the southern end of Bolton St., across the street from Bolton Swim and Tennis, was one such location in the early 2000s. With the help of several grants, neighbors on the 1200 block of Bolton St. and Dolphin Alley restored the park.

Maple Leaf Park, on the opposite end of the neighborhood, was actually created as a response to criminal activity. Thelma Harrington worked with Midtown and other city agencies and organizations to raise funds to build a fence along North Avenue. She said, “It was a couple years before we completed the process but this was the beginning of the transformation of a park full of trash and needles to our beautiful green space.”

Parks and People and other greening organizations stress the importance of maintaining urban green spaces to deter crime. Keeping parks clean and attractive encourages the role of “positive users” to deter the undesirable behaviors of “negative users,” whether they are engaged in criminal activity or nuisance behaviors.

So please, help out your park caretakers and look out for our parks. What are their biggest challenges?

Being persistent with city agencies. Finding reliable, dependable volunteers who will show up when asked and water on schedule. Dealing with plant theft (the city does NOT pay for the flowers you see in the parks–more often than not, your neighbors are buying them out of pocket). Finding reliable water sources. Keeping people from dumping bags of personal trash in park trash cans. And perhaps more than anything, keeping dogs (and their waste) out of planting beds.

Christian Roth, who cares for parts of the northern end of the Eutaw Place median, says, “It all is exhausting—I do it because it’s the world I want to belong to.”

“It’s a labor of love,” says Jackie Richardson, and then she says it again: “It’s a labor of love.”

Interested in neighborhood greening efforts? Join the Bolton Hill Garden Club or find out about their greening grants at their website.

Festival on the Hill is Coming

Festival T-shirts are back, and they're organic cotton this year.
Festival T-shirts are back, and they’re organic cotton this year.

Save the date: this year’s Festival on the Hill takes place Saturday, October 8, 11 am to 5:30 pm.

For over 60 years, Festival on the Hill has been a great party, a community love-fest, and a fundraiser for non-profits serving the 21217 community.

Past recipients of grants funded by the Festival include Mt. Royal Elementary and Middle School, Midtown Academy, Dance Happens, Corpus Christi Church, Memorial Episcopal Church, Brown Memorial tutoring, Samaritan Community and many more.

For 2016, the organizers at Bolton Hill Nursery (BHN) are seeking to maximize income and minimize expenses to increase the total amount of funds raised for local causes.

Help us make 2016’s Festival as successful and profitable as possible. Here’s how:

  • Donate of books and gently used children’s clothing (call Bolton Hill Nursery 410-728-0003)
  • Become a Festival sponsor. You will receive a Sponsor Card to display in your window, plus lots of gratitude. For a donation of $25 or more, you will be listed in the Festival program.
  • Contribute a recipe to the Bolton Hill Nursery Community Cookbook, to be sold as a fundraiser at the Festival. If you are willing to share your secrets, email your recipe to festivalonthehill@gmail.com.
  • Find someone you know in the beer world to donate or sponsor the ever-popular Beer Booth. (Supplies for the wine booth are generously donated by The Wine Source.)
  • Volunteer. Many neighbors are needed on the day of the Festival to set up, tear down, and run the booths.

Please contact Bolton Hill Nursery at Boltonhillnursery@yahoo.com to volunteer or to share your ideas, comments, and concerns.

Halloween Party with a Purpose

pumpkins with stickers

MRIA’s Social Action Task Force (SATF) encourages you to save the date of Saturday, October 29 for some big Halloween fun.

First, in the afternoon from 1 to 3 pm, they plan to host an Ugly Pumpkin Decorating Party, with costume making, face painting, a parade, candy, and of course, pumpkin beautification.

That evening, for the over 21 crowd, the SATF is partnering with Memorial Episcopal on a Halloween Bash in the Parish Hall at 1407 Bolton Street.

Both events will feature non-profit organizations that work in the 21217 zip code, allowing party goers to find out more about what they do and how we as neighbors can help. Details will be published in next month’s Bulletin.

The Halloween events continue a busy year for the SATF. Their inaugural Party with a Purpose in January was a big success, followed by the springtime Stoop Party in April.

Then came Boltonstock on June 25, a crowd-pleasing evening of music, food, dancing and support for some great neighborhood organizations, who distributed information and sold crafts and other goods. Jubilee Arts said they sold more T-shirts at Boltonstock than they had anywhere else to date.

Ugly pumpkin
Ugly pumpkin

So, put October 29 on your calendar! Why an Ugly Pumpkin party? Because the SATF hopes that pumpkin farms will donate the ones that they weren’t able to sell elsewhere for the party to decorate.

If you’d like to help out, the SATF will be accepting donations throughout October (locations and contacts will be announced in the next issue). They can use any or all of the following:

  • gently used Halloween costumes
  • old sheets or clothes with which to make costumes
  • pumpkin-decorating supplies, such as stickers, markers, pipe cleaners, and glue (no knives or cutting will be involved)
  • decorations
  • CANDY
  • and money for all the things that aren’t donated.

If you are interested in helping organize the event, please email the SATF at boltonhillsocialjusticeleague@gmail.com.

Be Here: Baltimore Storytelling Project Kicks Off

Baltimore is a town chock-full of stories. Be Here: Baltimore wants you to tell yours.

Organized by the MuseWeb Foundation, Be Here: Baltimore is a mobile storytelling project that collects stories about people and places in Baltimore and then provides access to those stories through location-based technologies, including GIS-enabled smartphones. Over the summer, they launched the project by providing grants to 20 organizations and individuals to create storytelling tours based in Baltimore. Think audiotours, but accessed through a smartphone and not restricted to the walls of a museum. Or Stoop Storytelling, but you’re hearing the story at the place where the story occurred. (Stoop Storytelling, incidentally, is part of the Be Here: Baltimore project.)

Bolton Hill neighbor Jean Lee Cole, a professor at Loyola University Maryland, won one of these grants, and her tour of Baltimore booksellers from 1800 to the present, “Books in Baltimore, Then and Now,” can be viewed via the izi.TRAVEL app or on izi.TRAVEL’s website. Several other tours include locations within walking distance of Bolton Hill, including public art in and around Penn Station, the Pennsylvania Avenue cultural district, and Station North. Then there are stories featuring specific topics, including a biographical tour about Eubie Blake, murals in Waverly, and Baltimore breweries.

Jean Lee Cole's Books in Baltimore tour.
Jean Lee Cole’s Books in Baltimore tour.

To see all of the tours, you can either go to the izi.TRAVEL website or download the app and search for Baltimore. If you install the app on your phone, you can download a tour, plug some headphones into your phone, and go walking! The audio narration for each stop will automatically start when you approach it—like magic!

To kick off the project, MuseWeb is hosting several events, where they will be demo-ing the technology and also collecting your stories. On Sept. 9they will be hosting Ice Cream and a Story, visiting 10 story locations around Baltimore along with the Taharka Ice-cream brothers‘ Changemaker Mobile ice cream truck, and collecting people’s stories.

Then, on Sept. 27, they’ll be holding a Storytelling Happy Hour at OpenWorks (1400 Greenmount Ave.) from 5-7 pm. Here, they’ll be playing some of the most memorable stories from Be Here: Baltimore, offer some training on how to tell effective stories, and then help you record your own Baltimore story, on the spot.

Additional details will be available on the MuseWeb Foundation website as the events approach. Try out this new—and fun—way to explore our city.

Tiffany Windows Tour Sept. 11

On Sunday, Sept. 11, you’ll be able to get a close-up view of Baltimore’s—and the world’s—largest and finest collection of Tiffany art still in its original setting. The free Tiffany Windows Tour takes place from 12:30-1:30 pm at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian, 1316 Park Avenue, and showcases the beautiful sanctuary windows at the church. 

Photo of Brown Memorial interior
Tiffany windows at Brown Memorial. Photo by J. Brough Schamp.

All are welcome to arrive early for and participate in the 11 am worship, as well as to grab lunch during the community potluck on the church front steps.

Dine Out for Life Sept. 15

moveable_Feast_logoPlease join Moveable Feast this September 15 for National Dining Out for Life 2016!

Dining Out for Life is an event that happens across the globe, where restaurants, bars, food trucks, etc., donate some of their proceeds to a worthy cause.

Use this Thursday evening as a great excuse to get out, enjoy dinner and help out an organization doing great things for our community. Here in Baltimore, all Dining Out for Life proceeds go to support Movable Feast.

On this one special day a year, partnering restaurants donate a minimum of 25% (some even donate 100%!) of your bill to support Moveable Feast’s mission to provide nutritious meals and other services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.

Lots of restaurants support Dining Out For Life, and all deserve your business. However, right here in Bolton Hill, b Bistro is serving as a host restaurant.

Neighbor Andrew Parlock will be serving as the Movable Feast Ambassador at b Bistro for the evening. He will be available to answer any questions you may have, hand out some great prizes and, of course, tell you how you can help Movable Feast.

Please call or go online and make your reservations now! Andrew plans to pack b Bistro to the limit, so don’t delay.

Find other participating restaurants at the Moveable Feast website and make a reservation through Open Table.

Try Linda’s Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato-Pie-with-BasilFrom Linda Riittelman

Tomatoes are at their peak right now, and if your garden runneth over and you’ve runneth out of ways to serve them, you can’t beat this Southern summer favorite for flavor. I’ve adapted my recipe slightly from one in Saveur magazine.

No one will give you a second look if you use a store-bought pie crust—just treat a store-bought crust the same way you would the scratch crust by blind baking it and proceed from there. If you make your own, you’ll notice my recipe includes vodka. The alcohol evaporates during baking and leaves a flakier crust, and because this can be a wet pie, you need flaky crust.

Another trick: if you’re going to all the time and trouble to caramelize onions, don’t cook just one. Cook up a big batch of them—I make mine in the slow cooker. They keep well and add amazing flavor to any dish. Just measure out 2/3 cup from the batch to use in the pie.

Southern Tomato Pie
Makes one 10-inch pie
Time: 2 1/2 hours

For the crust

  • 114 cups all-purpose flour
  • 212 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 12 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. cold butter cut into 12-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. plus ice-cold water
  • 1 tbsp. ice-cold vodka

For the filling and topping

  • 2 1/2 lb. vine-ripe tomatoes (about 5 beefsteak tomatoes), cored, seeded, and cut into 1⁄2-inch dice (divided)
  • 1 large pint of yellow grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half (other colors are fine too)
  • 2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced with the grain
  • 1 tsp. picked thyme, or ½ tsp. dried
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 14 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 13 cup whole basil leaves, packed
  • 12 cup mayonnaise (preferably Duke’s brand)
  • 13 cup grated Fontina cheese
  • 13 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 large Roma or heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced and blotted dry with paper towels

Instructions

  • Make the piecrust: place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium for a few seconds. Begin adding the butter one cube at a time. Continue until the flour is speckled and crumbly, about 4 minutes. With the mixer still running, add the water and vodka until just combined. Do not overmix. Press the dough into a 6-inch disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
  • Bring the crust to room temperature and lightly butter a 10-inch pie pan. Preheat the oven to 400°. Dust your counter and rolling pin lightly with flour and roll the crust slightly larger than your pan. Lay the crust in the pan and press gently into its edges. Cut off the edges that hang over and discard. Freeze for at least 15 minutes or until you’re ready to blind-bake.
  • Lay foil or parchment paper on top of the crust and weigh that down with dried beans or rice. Blind-bake the shell for 30 minutes. Remove the pie weights and foil or parchment and bake 5 minutes more. Set the cooked crust aside as you prepare the filling.
  • Make the filling: Toss half of the diced tomatoes with 1⁄2 tsp. salt and 1⁄2 tsp. sugar. Set them over a colander to drain while you get everything else ready, at LEAST an hour. Stir occasionally and make sure they have room to drain freely. You want them as dry as possible.
  • Lower the oven to 375°. Toss the remaining diced tomatoes, and the halved grape tomatoes with 1⁄2 tsp. salt, thyme, and olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper with as much room separating the individual pieces as possible. Slide the tray onto the middle rack of your oven and roast for 35-40 minutes, stirring halfway through. You’re looking for the tomatoes to dry out and brown slightly. Let them cool slightly before adding to the drained tomatoes.
  • While the tomatoes are roasting, in a medium sauté pan or skillet, melt the butter and then add the onion and 1⁄2 tsp. salt. Cook over medium-low heat until deeply caramelized. This will take about 30-40 minutes. If the onion gets away from you and burns a little, add 1⁄4 cup of water to the pan, scrape up the overbrowned bits, and keep going. In the end, you have a scant 2⁄3 cup caramelized onion.
  • Once all the individual components are done, stir together the caramelized onion, the fresh and roasted diced tomatoes, the remaining salt, sugar, black pepper, and basil. Taste for seasoning.
  • Make the topping and finish the pie: In a separate, smaller bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and Fontina and Parmesan cheeses. Spoon the tomato filling into your blind-baked crust. Top with the cheese mixture and fresh tomato slices. Bake in the middle of your oven for 30 minutes.

Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes or it won’t hold its shape when you try and serve it. Serve warm or at room temperature. I usually can’t wait that long and make a mess of it, but it still tastes delicious.

Sheng Zhen Classes Start Up for Fall

Peter receiving Sheng Zhen teaching certification from Master Li
Peter receiving Sheng Zhen teaching certification from Master Li

As we round the corner and head towards fall, Peter Van Buren will resume teaching weekly classes in Sheng Zhen Gong as a creative fundraiser for the Bolton Hill Nursery. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 14.

The one-hour classes are offered every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 pm at the Nursery’s main building at 204 W. Lanvale St.

The suggested donation is $10 per class or a 6-class package for $50. Since the start in October 2015, these classes have already raised about $800 for the school.

Having completed hundreds of hours of training and teaching, Peter became a Certified Teacher in June. Each weekly session will focus on one standing and one seated form of Sheng Zhen Gong, including Heaven Nature Gong, Heart Mind as One, Heart Spirit as One and Healing Gong.

Sheng Zhen means “unconditional love” in Chinese, while Gong means “practice.” Whether seated or standing, this qigong involves graceful, gentle, easy-to-learn movements that reduce stress and elevate your spirit. This class provides the perfect introduction to this wonderful practice, an easy entry to gain the benefits of improved health, relaxation and inner peace.

One participant, Laura Jeanne, commented, “It’s amazing how much one short class balances out the whole week and helps me feel so centered.”

Beginners, drop-ins and experienced students are all welcome. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. No equipment is needed– just bring yourself and enjoy the practice.

All proceeds go to the school. For more information, visit BmoreSZG.com.

Peter also teaches a Sheng Zhen class on Thursday evenings in Hampden at Chris Myers Yoga in the Mill Centre. Chris is also a Bolton Hill neighbor. All proceeds from this Hampden class will go to HopeWell Cancer Support Center.

Become a Reading Partner: Easy and Effective

Reading PartnersBy Marcia Hart

Last March after attending the Social Innovation conference at Light City, inspiration overcame inertia and I googled Reading Partners. On their website I clicked “Volunteer Here” and completed the form. Within an hour I received an email message from Alexis Acciani connecting me with Arnetra Burnett, the coordinator for Matthew Henson Elementary School in Sandtown. My first session was set for the following Monday morning. In the interim I went to Baltimore City Public Schools admin building on North Avenue to be fingerprinted for a background check, which I passed.

At my first session I met Arnetra in the Reading Center, a classroom set up with pairs of school desks and low library shelving. Arnetra assigned me to work with a 4th-grade student named Destiny. After picking up Destiny from her classroom, we met in the Reading Center for about 45 minutes every Monday morning until the end of the school year. Destiny was a good reader but, like me, tended to rush a bit and benefited from extra focus on comprehension. After a few weeks of getting to know each other we settled into a good routine.

Reading Partners uses a packaged curriculum that includes instructor guides and reading materials for each level. Each session starts with reading aloud by both volunteer and student, from a book selected by the student. Then the curriculum lesson begins. At Destiny’s level we learned how to recognize the writer’s message and make inferences from clues in the story and pictures.

I’ll be paired with a different student this year, since 4th graders age out of the Reading Partners program in Baltimore. I am excited about helping a new young friend master basic skills that I enjoy so much in my own life, and never take for granted.

Volunteering with Reading Partners is easy and worthwhile. To sign up, just go to their website. If you prefer to work with adults, try Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center, available online here.

Building Trust, Working Together for Change

Samaritan Community counselor Bill Johnston helps people cope and overcome challenges.
Samaritan Community counselor Bill Johnston helps people cope with and overcome challenges.

By Emily Reichart for The Samaritan Community

Tina came to the Samaritan Community for food and clothing. She was homeless, having lost everything in a fire.  At the same time, her grown daughter became very ill and needed round-the-clock care, adding financial burden and stress of caring for her daughter as well as her six-year-old granddaughter.

The Samaritan Community provided food and financial assistance to help her move to a a new apartment. Perhaps even more important was the emotional support and encouragement she found here. Tina began attending the Breakfast Club support group and ultimately, the Women Together support group.

“In addition to the food and financial help after the fire, Sharon and my family at Samaritan Community gave me the love and support that enabled me to put my life together and get back to work!”

It is the sense of community that The Samaritan Community offers that allows people to blossom and succeed. Compassion, love, and acceptance meet all who enter our doors and forge trust between staff and clients. This trust then enables people to do the hard work that needs to be done in order to make positive changes in their lives.

For more information, visit The Samaritan Community online.

Poet’s Corner: White Sky

By a Bolton Hill Neighbor, June 14, 2015, 9 am

pressing down
leaning on unwary humans
in the “orange” air.
I dash to the trash
with a banana peel
and turn my face up
slowly breathing in
all-over moisturizing.
Only orange to be seen
are thirsty tiger lilies
drooping into the alley.
Breathless Linden trees
perfume the soggy scene.
If I sit here for prayer
will I become one
with Normal?