It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our former colleague and friend, Jon Haapanen. Our hearts are heavy as we try to process this great loss. Jon was a hard working man with a quiet demeanor, who we could always count on to get things done around here. He was kind, loving, and would give the shirt off his back if you needed it.
On working here, Jon said “I have been fighting this fight my whole life and wasn’t on the winning side that often. I have always wanted to work in the field but was never really given the opportunity, until now. I truly believe that things happen for a reason and that there are no coincidences. Jeremiah’s Inn gave me that chance, by helping me save my life and showing me how to change my thinking patterns through the social model program, as well as showing me how to live my life by providing me with an employment opportunity. I am very grateful to be part of the Jeremiah’s family, and to be able to give back what was so freely given to me.”
We will miss Jon terribly, but we have faith that he is finally at rest now, after a long, hard battle.
Services for Jon will be held this Saturday, June 16th at 10am, at St. John’s Church located at 44 Temple Street in Worcester. If you would like to assist the family in covering the cost of his services, a GoFundMe page has been started in his name:
As many of you know, this spring, with the help of our sponsors, Jeremiah’s Inn has once again entered a team in the Worcester Co-Ed Sober Softball League!!
Here at Jeremiah’s we stress the importance of exercise and fun in recovery. We offer many opportunities for men to find alternative activities such as Bro-ga (Yoga), hiking, and team sports to help them heal and grow in their new recovery lifestyle.
Join us for the CMHA 33rd Annual Walk for the Homeless!
When: this Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM Where: Elm Park, 284 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01602
“The WALK for the Homeless is a long standing community event which unites people from all sectors to help those at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. We do this by raising public awareness as well as raising much needed funds to move those in need beyond homelessness.
The WALK brings together adults, children, faith groups, students, and local businesses to help bring stability to families, individuals, and neighborhoods across Worcester County.
Every step walked and every dollar raised makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Please join and ask your friends and family to support you in this important fundraising event. No amount is too big or small and your participation is critical to our success.”
This week, Jeremiah’s Inn held our 36th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. Hosted in the lovely Grace Conference Room at Clark University, it was an informative and educational evening for all in attendance.
Guests enjoyed presentations by our directorial staff: Janelle Wilson, Executive Director, Jeff Busby, Clinical Director, Dick Quinlan, Director of Operations, and Tracy Paul, Nutrition Center Coordinator, on all the changes and improvements at the Inn in 2017, as well as what’s next for Jeremiah’s in 2018. Our positive financial position was presented by our board Treasurer, Eugene Bouchard, and the Report of the Nominating Committee was presented by our board Vice President, Joseph Stiso.
We thank everyone who came to support our Annual Meeting, as well as all of our volunteers, donors, board members and staff for all their incredible contributions to the Inn, and we look forward to the exciting changes ahead!
For a copy of our Annual Report or Financial Statement, or to be added to our mailing lists, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremiah’s Inn was once again invited to host a table this year at the 16th Annual MCPHS APhA-ASP Health Fair. Despite the chilly temperatures, we had a great time speaking with folks about what we do here at Jeremiah’s Inn, the services we have to offer, and about the food insecurity and substance abuse epidemics that are impacting our community. There were several other tables set up to talk about various other topics, such as nicotine dependence, high blood pressure, asthma and heart disease. We had a great time this year and look forward to next years event!
A big thank you to all the generous folks over at Tri State Truck Center for donating several tickets to Saturday nights’ Worcester Railers Hockey game! The Tri State Team is always so thoughtful and generous! We can’t begin to thank them enough for all that they do for us here at the Inn, from holiday meals to sponsorships, hockey tickets and more… their support is incredible!
On Saturday, we had the staff of Ken’s Foods Inc of Marlborough down to the Inn, cooking and serving a delicious BBQ dinner, all made with their famously delicious Ken’s Steak House Dressings!
The residents enjoyed a meal of Caesar salad made with Ken’s Tableside Caesar Dressing, BBQ chicken bathed in tangy Sweet Baby Rays Original BBQ Sauce, fresh garlic bread, french fries
served with Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch and Sweet Baby Ray’s dipping sauces, coleslaw tossed with Ken’s Magic Blend Coleslaw dressing, & Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Cakes.
They even donated some of their delicious dressings to us for distribution!
Everyone had a wonderful time, residents and staff alike. Such an incredibly generous donation by these employees, and an unforgettable dinner for our residents!
We are continuously thankful for and humbled by the community support we receive! We couldn’t do the important work we do, battling against food insecurity and the substance use epidemic, without the generosity of community members just like the staff of Ken’s!
This past Sunday, we had a great group of kids down to the Inn from St. Joseph-St. Pius X in Leicester. As part of our Evening Meal Program, they donated, cooked and served a delicious meal of parmigian crusted chicken thighs, baked potatoes with fixings, green bean casserole & chocolate chip cookies to the 29 residents of Jeremiah’s Inn. They also donated 30+ beautiful blessings boxes, one for each of our guys, filled with soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, deodorant, socks, and more.
These kids, made up of 6 ninth graders, along with their chaperones, demonstrated a great act of kindness in service to our residents, they dedicated their Sunday to coming down and spending time with the residents and serving us a delicious meal, and we are so thankful and humbled by their generous giving.
We look forward to having them down again soon!