Author Archives: Spare Change

Homeless Empowerment Project welcomes new executive director

Homeless Empowerment Project welcomes new executive director

The Homeless Empowerment Project, Inc., publisher of Greater Boston’s street paper Spare Change News, today announced the appointment of Katherine Bennett as Executive Director. Cher Jordan, president of HEP’s Board of Trustees, said “We are excited to have Katherine aboard, bringing new experiences and a fresh perspective to the organization. [Former executive director] Vincent Flanagan

WINNERS AND LOSERS: Formerly homeless Harvard students win big

WINNERS: ZACK HODGES One of Harvard’s top football defenders, Zack Hodges, is eyeing a spot in the NFL’s upcoming draft. His journey, which involved a period of homelessness in the Carolinas after his mother fled an abusive husband, is a true Ivy League success story. Hodges earned his crimson badge of courage and we’re thrilled

SCN 23rd Anniversary Gala

Save the Date! Tuesday May12, 2015 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. 23rd Anniversary  to benefit Spare Change Newsat Microsoft NERD Center 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge MA 02142 (Kendall/MIT on Red Line).Exhibit: “The Homeless are not Faceless”, Silent & Live Auctions, Hors D’oeuvres , Cash Bar, Entertainment, and Vendor Awards. Tickets: $60, Students and Seniors (65+): $35. All tickets purchased at the

CHANGE REPORT: Winners and Losers

WINNERS: Olympics Bid The U.S. Olympic Committee chose Boston as America’s bidding city for the 2024 Olympics. Yes, Boston is going for the gold in its quest to host the future summer games and has beat San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles in the Olympic sweepstakes. Dr. Monica Bharel The chief medical officer at

GARRET'S MOVIE PALACE: Return of the reviews

Happy New Year! Thank you for your patience, my faithful readers. It’s been a while since I’ve written a review and, for this, I apologize. I’ve still been watching movies every month, but none of them have been worth writing about. This holiday season was also a bit difficult for me emotionally, so my heart

Long Island Bridge Debate Continues as Winter Sets In for Boston’s Homeless

By Aimee Ortiz BOSTON, Mass.—On Monday 15 December, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the location of a new homeless shelter for Boston – a building at 12 Southampton St. in the Newmarket area. The news came after the city had stopped plans for a shelter on Frontage Road in the South End and over two

Cranksgiving Bike Race Tackles Hunger in Boston

By Aimee Ortiz BOSTON, Mass.—On 22 November, Boston held its first annual Cranksgiving: a bicycle race that also combined a scavenger hunt and a food drive into one event. A hundred and sixty cyclists gathered at Copley Square for registration and the start of the race. Everyone was given a Cranksgiving manifest to follow. Pasta,

Special Court Seeks to Meet Needs of Homeless Offenders

by Abigail Collins BOSTON, Mass.—Once a month, a small room with welcoming light blue walls at the Pine Street Inn in Boston’s South End serves as a courtroom. The court rises as First Justice Kathleen Coffey enters to begin hearing cases from defendants who have come to Homeless Court. “It’s a non-intimidating environment,” said Elizabeth