2016-17 Doherty Memorial High School Food Drive

2016-17 Doherty Memorial High School Food Drive

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!

The Justin Clement Memorial Comedy Show

The Justin Clement Memorial Comedy Show

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.

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Provider Support Group

Provider Support Group

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 Center is 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

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Nutrition Center Closed

Nutrition Center Closed

**Important Notice**
 
The Nutrition Center/Food pantry will be closed on Monday, January 2nd in observance of the New Year’s holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Richard ‘Richy’ Direnzo

Richard ‘Richy’ Direnzo

Richard Direnzo Jr. (1968 – 2016)

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.

Welcoming in 2017!

Welcoming in 2017!

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“We make a living by what we get,
But we make a life by what we give.”
-Winston Churchill

Hi everyone! We want to take a minute to thank everyone who has made a contribution — of any kind — this year to help us further our mission and to help make the lives of those we serve a little easier. You helped make the holidays happy for the people we serve in our residential program and Nutrition Center.

Our fiscal year ends in three days. We’d really like to end the year on a high note, with money in the bank so we can start off 2017 in a strong fiscal position. We ask that you consider making a donation at this time so we can continue to grow and strengthen our programs in the coming year.

If you are interested in making a donation, click here!

Have a safe and happy New Year’s!
-Residents and Staff of Jeremiah’s Inn

Resident Christmas Program

Resident Christmas Program

 

 

“For it is in giving, that we receive” -Francis of Assisi

Christmas is fast approaching, and while this is usually a happy time of year for many, enjoying time with family and friends, often times this is not the case for our residents. This time of year can be particularly hard for our residents as they struggle with feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and feeling as though they’ve let down their family and community. Often times our residents feel shame in not having the financial means to provide their children with a gift for Christmas. Many times these men have little to no ties left with family and friends, and end up spending the holiday here at the Inn with the other residents.

We at Jeremiah’s feel that everyone deserves a little joy, especially at the Christmas season, and we recognize how hard each one of our residents work, on a daily basis, towards recovery from active addiction. These men are making great strides every day towards being responsible, productive members of society, and for these reasons, we work just as hard to provide them with a little bit of joy during the holiday season by providing the residents with a few basic items many of us take for granted, as well as gifts for the residents children.

But we can not do this alone.

Each year, we count on the support of the community to help us achieve this goal. Typically we are flooded with donations from the end of November through Christmas. Unfortunately so far this year, we have not had as much luck. This is why we have developed our ‘Adopt-a-resident’ program, where members from the community that wish to participate can ‘adopt’ a resident and/or resident’s child to donate Christmas gifts to. We have 29 residents in need of basic items, such as socks, t-shirts, underwear, winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, work boots. We also have about 20 children that would love receiving a gift from their father for Christmas.
Please email me as soon as possible if this is a program you would like to participate in. We would gratefully accept any assistance in helping us to achieve the goal of each one of our residents and their children having a happy Christmas.
Warmest Regards,
Melissa A. Waddell
Communications Coordinator
Jeremiah’s Inn
Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…. and Jeremiah’s is in Need of Some Winter Gear

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…. and Jeremiah’s is in Need of Some Winter Gear

Do you have new or gently used mens winter coats, boots, hats or gloves?

Many of our residents come to us with very little, including these essential items. Jeremiah’s Inn will gratefully accept any hats, coats, boots and gloves donations, so that our residents can continue their job searches, 12 step meetings, and other activities.

We will also accept women’s and children’s winter wear items to provide to our nutrition center clients in need.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, our community of donors, for your generous support!