The 35th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors was a great success! We had some amazing current resident and alumni speakers, financial reports, a big update on what’s new at Jeremiah’s and what next for us, the premier of our promotional video “Being of SERVE-ice”, the election of a new member of the board, delicious food, and we awarded our 2016 ‘Golden Friends’.
We are thankful for all of the opportunities we have to serve our community, fighting the addiction epidemic and food insecurity, and we are excited for what’s to come for Jeremiah’s Inn!
Thank you to all of our donors and stakeholders, volunteers, members of the board, residents and Nutrition Center clients, for allowing us to serve!
On Monday, April 17th, the 2nd Annual Michael Y. Tardif Deep Sea Fishing Trip was held. This is a charitable event to honor the memory of Michael ‘Mikey’ Tardif, who passed away in January 2016 to overdose.
Mike was well known and loved in the central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire recovery communities. He was also a proud union carpenter out of the Boston area. He loved his children, and was a wonderful dad, son, fiance, and brother. He shared his passion for fishing with the organizers of this event, his father Yvan, brother in law Rich, and brothers Jason, Gary and Mike. The event began as an annual trip amongst friends and family, and has developed into the memorial fundraiser it is today following Mike’s untimely passing.
The participants had a wonderful time, as always, caught a ton of fish and warmly recalled memories of their friend.
The event, which is held every year on Patriots Day, raised $380.00, which was donated to Jeremiah’s Inn. Next year the organizers of the trip hope to make it even bigger.
Mike was gone far too soon, but his memory is carried on by his children, friends, family, recovery community, and Jeremiah’s Inn.
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).
As we approach Volunteer Week 2017 (April 23rd- 29th) Jeremiah’s Inn will highlight the many ways our volunteers contribute to help us fight addiction and hunger in our community.
As always, if you would like to give back, it is as easy as picking up the phone and calling, or emailing, and ask how you can get involved.
In anticipation of a large winter storm, the Nutrition Center/Food Pantry will be closed on March 14th, 2017. We anticipate re-opening on Thursday, March 16th at 9:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please stay in and stay warm if at all possible!
What can you do with some construction paper and markers? According to Jesse Garcia, a teacher at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, amazing things. That is what he and a group of 40 students set out to accomplish with their activities club, ‘the food drive club’.
Since November, Mr. Garcia and the students spent an hour a day, three days a week after school, building boxes and creating posters to advertise their food drive. In January, they put on a small concert benefit at NuCafe in Worcester to collect food and donations towards their mission. Students from the club sang and played various instruments alongside Mr. Garcia himself. The event was wonderfully successful.
On March 2nd, Mr. Garcia and all of the students of the club came to Jeremiah’s Inn with two pickup trucks and an SUV LOADED with food. In total, they delivered right around 7,419 POUNDS of food! The students and teachers formed a line from the trucks to the pantry, put on some music, and spent the better part of three hours passing food from the trucks to fill the pantry shelves.
To give a glimpse into the impact that Mr. Garcia and the students made, the food they raised will allow Jeremiah’s to donate 50 pounds of food to 148 needy families right here in the city of Worcester, as well as to benefit the 29 men recovering from substance abuse disorders that reside here at the Inn.
So to answer the question- What can you do with some construction paper and markers? With some dedicated kids and effort, you can feed a city, 148 families at a time.
Want to get involved and make your own impact in our community? Email Melissa@jeremiahsinn.com for more information on ways you can give back!
Addicted To Laughter Presents: The 3rd Annual Justin Clement Memorial Comedy Show Featuring Comedian Robert Kelly!
With Mike Dorval,Jack Burke, and other special guests. March 18th 2017 7:00pm
The Little Theater, 431 Bolton Street, Marlborough, Ma
$25/ticket, Click here to purchase!
Come join us for a night of comedy, with all proceeds to benefit Jeremiah’s Inn and the Justin Clement Memorial Scholarship.
Are you a provider who is working with people suffering from substance abuse disorders? Are you tired? Feeling overwhelmed or ineffective? Are you struggling with feelings of loss brought on by the devastation of this disease?
New Beginnings Wellness Centeris providing a support group for providers. Please see the flyer below, and call or text Jess if you plan on attending at 508-688-5175
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Richy Direnzo. Richy was most recently a member of the Jeremiah’s Inn team as the house manager. He had an infectious smile and laughter that could light up a room. He was a dedicated employee and friend.
While we are deeply saddened at the news of his passing, we take comfort in knowing he is at rest, and that his family and friends now have some closure after several months of searching for him.
Our deepest condolences to the entire Direnzo family, and the countless hearts Richy touched along his journey.
Rest in peace, Richy
To view Richy’s obituary, or to sign the guest book, please click here.