With the support of the community, we distribute bags with shoes, socks, pants, shirts, undergarments, toiletries, first aid, and meals to individuals currently struggling with addiction.
Mass Ave Clothing Drive
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our clothing drive. Through your support, we filled bags with shoes, socks, pants, shirts, undergarments, toiletries, and first aid for over 100 men and women!!!!! And a special thank you to Justin Downey of the Mass Ave Project for taking his day to join us .! We appreciate you!!!
Providing lunch on Mass Ave.
Together with volunteers from the Rise Above House in Lynn, MA, we made 150 bagged lunches for those suffering from the horrible disease of addiction, We hope everyone who received a lunch could feel the love it was made with!! Big thank you to Without Limits, Sandalwood House, Hope Beyond Hope, Nicki's House, Janet's Place, Rise Above Lowell & Lynn, and Good Marks for decorating the bags with words of encouragement.
Street Outreach on Mass Ave.
Thank you to the girls of the Rise Above House in Lowell, MA for helping stuff 50 of our "Angelpacks" for women battling addiction and homelessness in the Mass Ave area of Boston known as "Methadone Mile". Even the smallest act of kindness can give hope to someone who has none.
Rise Again visiting Project Trust in Boston. Ky Anne and her team are located directly on Mass Ave. They provide HIV / HCV / STI testing and treatment, detox beds, and advocate for people both in the hospital and at recovery programs. Project Trust works directly with the population who suffers from substance use disorder and chronic homelessness. The staff work with a lot of sex workers and people who suffer from mental illness along with poly substance use. Project Trust is a smaller facility and that enables them to really form relationships with their clients and many of them have become like family.
Rise Again was able to help when it was needed more than ever. With the seasons changing and Covid hindering support, most of their clients are stuck in inappropriate clothing.
We stuffed 50 backpacks with a hoodie, couple of pairs of leggings, underwear, socks, hat, gloves, scarf, and a sleeping bag.
Our hope is that every woman that receives a backpack knows that there are people out there that care about her and she is not alone in this. A little love and support can breed hope. And with hope, anything is possible!
Overdose Awareness Day
August 31, 2020
My sister, Donna Malloy, and I were on the stairs of the MA State House on International Overdose Awareness Day, reminding Gov. Baker what this epidemic has taken from the families of Massachusetts.