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Guest Survey Results Announced

Over the last couple of months, we have been conducting surveys of our guests, as well as other homeless or displaced persons that we have met around Waltham. We asked about our programs and how we could better serve the community.

Click here for a summary of the results.

A Poem Written by one of Our Guests "Heavens Grocery Store"

Click here to read the poem


Watch an Interview with Marilyn Lee-Tom about the Photo Exhibit "Homelessness From Our Eyes"

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Faces Exhibit

Watch an Interview with Marilyn Lee-Tom about the Exhibit

Our Volunteers

We are always in debt and deeply thankful to the people from the community who take the time to come in and help run the Day Center and work with our guests. Without them, we could not operate.

If you would like to consider volunterring, learn more here.

Here is a running blog showing lots of examples of our volunteers in action (click on any picture to see a larger view):


Kate PinkhamKate Pinkham Departs

May 9, 2011: Kate Pinkham is graduating from the Andover Newton Theological School and moving on. We asked her to leave us with some parting words...

"My experience volunteering at the Community Day Center as a student attending Andover Newton Theological School was transformational. During the past several months I met and spoke with many of the guests who visit the Center regularly.  It was an honor to be part of the community and to listen to the stories of the men and women surviving in what seems like hopeless situations. I was humbled by the willingness of the guests to open their hearts, to tell me about their lives.

Marilyn Lee-Tom, Executive Director and her staff inspire me, all are dedicated staff members committed to the care and well being of the guests. One day I heard Marilyn say, “There are no throw away people here.” This statement keeps playing over and over in my mind. I believe the staff at the Center acts on and is committed to this motto. Thank you for your willingness to allow me to be part of such an open and welcoming community."

Thank you for your kind words and for your help, Kate. You made a difference to the lives of many of our guests. We wish you the best of luck in your next mission. We'll miss you!

Kate sent us these pictures she took (click to enlarge):

Marilyn and Becky Shebb Hall Marilyn, Robert Polson and Karen Coleman


Lasell College's Hope For Humanity Club

April 29, 2011: Lasell students Carrie, Jessica, Mariah and Justine were at the Center on April 29 and served hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and cookies to the guests and staff. All that was missing was a Sox game on TV!

Lasell students Carrie, Jessica, Mariah and Justine


Earth Day Celebration 2011

Apil 22, 2011: For Earth Day, volunteers and guests at the Community Day Center tye dyed T-shirts with organic dyes. We used red cabbage for red, blueberry for blue and spinach for green. Thank you, Lasell College!

Preparing the dyes (click to see all the pictures)


April 18, 2011: We had visitors from the North Congregational Church in Middleboro, MA.  Their minister is the Rev. Dr. Patty Kogut.  Earnie Lamoonreaux did the potato salad and fruit salad.  Many, warm thanks to Chris (their youth minister), Ellen and Cleo and students George, Sean, Lucy, Cory, Rebecca, Erin, Lana, John, Sara, Danny, Chris, Tiffany, Nahthan, Isabel, Ivy and Tyler!

Friends from the North Congregational Church in Middlemoro, MA (click to enlarge)


Nick Rosenbaum and Samantha Gomes are Lasell College Students who volunteer to work with our Spanish-speaking guests.

Nick Rosenbaum and Samantha Gomes (click to enlarge)


March 4, 2011: Students from Lasell College's "Service As Community Building (SVL202)" class visit and help with serving food to our guests. The class is taught by Any Greene, the assistant director of Lasell's Center for Community Based Learning. In this program, the students spend time with community based organizations to further their learning about local issues. 

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February 8, 2011: The Waltham Boys and Girls Club made and delivered blankets to the CDCW guests. We always need items for keeping warm in this cold winter! Here are some photos (click to enlarge):

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Announcements

We Are In Our New Home!

Just before Christmas we moved into our new home on Felton Street! Thank you to all our supporters who made this happen, tboth with their labor and with their donations. We could not have done it without you!

We still need things to set up our offices and kitchen. Please click here to learn how you can help

Our new home!

 

Our Supporters:

Village Bank The Jones Partnership   Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation  First Commons Bank   The Cipper Ship Foundation      The Cabot Family Charitable Trust    Watertown Savings Bank    Bird Precision  Yankee Fleet - Providing ocean adventures since 1944