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Long Island Shelter Closure Inexcusably Left People Out in the Cold

Long Island Shelter Closure Inexcusably Left People Out in the Cold

As the cold weather set in a couple of weeks ago, I posted on Facebook how cold days like this make me think of Long Island Shelter. I wasn’t alone when I posted that. Some people had positive responses, others not so much, but we still remembered the island. It’s only been three years since

From Recovery to Revolution: Russell Brand talks addiction and recovery

Photo by Louise Haywood-Schiefer The Big Issues of the United Kingdom and Australia have gone Russell Brand daft in recent issues. In this conversation from a church in central London, the eccentric actor, writer, comedian and activist talks with a group of Big Issue vendors about what drives their addictions and how they overcame them.

Voices From Rosie’s Place: Live Your Dreams, Not Your Circumstances

Spare Change News is proud to present the next installment of “In Their Own Words,” which highlights the work of writers who meet at Rosie’s Place. In late 2014, Rosie’s Place, a community center for Boston’s poor and homeless women, started a memoir workshop. The intention was to have the guests, as they call the

Protesters ‘Take a Knee’ One Year After Fatal Shooting by Boston Police

On Saturday, Oct. 29, protesters knelt in front of the State House calling on State Attorney Maura Healy to reopen the cases of police brutality in Massachusetts. “We’re demanding that Attorney General Maura Healy reopen the cases,” said Brock Satter of   Mass Action Against Police Brutality, the group that organized the Boston Takes a

ICE detains Nahant activist and single mother, protesters rally for her release

Photo: Steve Ahlquist. On Nov. 7, Immigration and Customs Enforcement took Siham Byah, a 40-year-old single mother from Nahant, Massachusetts, into custody. Byah faces a final deportation order after attending a check-in at an ICE office in Burlington, Massachusetts. Her 8-year-old son is currently in Department of Children and Families’ custody. According to a press

Family Counseling One Weapon For Fighting Opioid Scourge

After declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, many states, cities, towns and organizations are looking for ways to resolve it. Parenting Journey, a 35-year-old nonprofit organization based in Somerville, says the answer to the crisis is group therapy, particularly family therapy. Starting out as a group of clinicians and social workers in housing

The Hub, Housing and HQ2: What could Boston’s Amazon bid mean for housing in the city?

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Photo: Steve Jurvetson. On Oct. 20, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh released a formal proposal for Boston’s candidacy as the host city for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. “As America’s city of revolutionary progress, Boston is the perfect fit for Amazon to build community, create opportunity and advance its world-changing mission,”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wins second term: a recap from both candidates election night watch parties

Walsh celebrates reelection. Photo: Rida Ashraf. An exuberant crowd of Mayor Marty Walsh supporters at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel chanted “We are Boston, we are one” Tuesday night, following the announcement of the incumbent’s sweeping victory in the Boston elections. This will be Walsh’s second four-year-term as the Boston mayor. “Four years ago, my dream

Furnishing a House into a Home

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the nonprofit Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts cut the ribbon for its new location in Harvard Square, a bigger office than its previous location. Executive Director Suzy Palitz’s goal is to help families furnish their new house into a home. So in 2013 she started the nonprofit in Cambridge. Today Furnishing Hope

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