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Growing Compassion Through Each Challenge!


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The past 15 months have tested us in ways we never imagined, but we have come through those experiences stronger and with a clear vision for the future. After 210 straight days of operating Hotel Grace around the clock, we have a moment to breathe and assess where we are. Net of Compassion looks a little different than it did before the Pandemic. As the Commonwealth begins to reopen, we too are returning to some of our normal activities.  Loosened guidelines have allowed us to resume Saturdays on Main Street – we are back with fellowship, music, support and a hot meal for all those who need one.  Before the Pandemic we were serving nearly 300 meals each Saturday. We are fast approaching that number again.

Covid-19 forced us to reimagine how to provide essential supports like food, shelter and clothing to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters. We now offer weekly distribution of clothing (Grace Closet) and groceries (Grace Pantry) from our Main Street office location. This has allowed a greater number of people, and especially families, to access the assistance they so dearly need. Grace Closet and Grace Pantry are weekly reminders of our resiliency and creativity.

In the midst of such uncertain times, the certainty of a generous heart lifted us up and made it possible for us to begin to offer showers to our shelter guests as well as any person experiencing homelessness. We are so very grateful for this gift, and humbled to be entrusted with honoring the memory of a beloved son.  

As the world slowly returns to normal, Net of Compassion is forever changed – and we believe for the better. We remain steadfast in our mission to bring hope and healing to those experiencing homelessness, those who are hungry, and those struggling with substance abuse disorder. With your help, and by the grace of God, the strength and resolve we found within ourselves during these trying times, will continue to help us to grow and to do greater good.

Thank you for being compassionate!

Richard Gonzalez, Net of Compassion

Joshua’s Showers for the Homeless resumes operation

Hotel Grace closed for the season on May 15 and we needed to relocate our shower trailer. Thankfully, through the generosity of our donors and supporting organizations, the shower trailer has resumed operations at 44 Temple Street (in the parking lot of St. John's Church). The hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm. Our staff will be there to provide fresh towels, soap, and assist anyone in need to wants a hot shower.
Shower Trailer Team (left to right): Heather Burke (recovery coach), Sonia Thomas (shower monitor), Richie and Elizabeth Gonzalez, and Hector Garcia (shower monitor)
The shower trailer unit was donated by long time friend and supporter of Net of Compassion, Sophie Kozaczka of Keller Williams on Shrewsbury Street, Worcester. Sophie lost her son Joshua to substance use disorder on Nov.12, 2019. She wanted the shower trailer to serve as a tribute to Josh's life, to be a tangible reminder that people still love and care for the homeless and those suffering from substance use disorder. She hopes that this loving environment may spur some to recovery.
A hot shower, soap and shampoo, a fresh towel and a change of clothes—these help restore the dignity and hope of each guest at Joshua’s Shower Trailer.
Funded, in part, by the United Way of Central Massachusetts, the shower trailer will continue to operate until Hotel Grace starts up again in November. If you’re able to contribute $10 to help defray the costs of running the shower trailer, it would be deeply appreciated. Thank you for your continued support!

We need donations of summer clothes!

We've stored the winter items and we're ready to start providing lots of summer clothing items. Please donate your clean, gently-used items. Make an appointment for dropping off items using the button below.
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Meals on Main Street is back!

Now that Covid-19 restrictions have relaxed and more individuals have been vaccinated, some even at Hotel Grace, Net of Compassion has fully resumed its Meals on Main Street program. The tents are back. The music is back. The people are back too...but the compassion never went away! If you have a team that would like to volunteer for Meals on Main Street, please check out the available opportunities!
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Volunteer Highlights

Net of Compassion volunteers have been welcomed at Polar Park to run a concession stand. Come visit us on the 3rd baseline and enjoy a hot dog, ice cream, and more! We'll be there on June 15,  June 30, and perhaps some dates in July. Huge thanks to Be Like Brit and the WooSox for including us in this opportunity. Play ball!
The Church of Christ brought an enthusiastic team to help cook and serve Lunches to Go in early Ma. Lunches to Go was how many received a hot meal during Covid-19 restrictions.

Thanks to all those who helped cook and serve at Hotel Grace!

Raiane Sabara
Ali Balster
Allison Dacey
Allison Murphy
Bill & Ann Fredericks
Billy & Mary Parenteau
Bob Newgate
Boynton
Casa Mofongo
Cherylann Gengel
Chick-Fil-A
Christine Ramos
Deb Fein-Brug
Dennis O'Connor & family
Diana Correa
Diego Sinecio
Don & Janet Stevens
Holy Family Church
John & Sue Haffty
Judy Briggs
Julie Hamm
Keith Bourget
LaCuccina
 
LaFlash family
Lynn Kelly
Madison Troy
Manpreet Khurana
Margarita Oquendo
Mari Lemerise
Mike & Joe Martin
Mike Placella
Missionaries of Mercy
Molly Chase
Peppercorns GC
Quinn's Restaurant
Randa Mankaryous
Rosie Molina
Sandy Meinsderma
Shannon Hedstrom
Stacey Wein
Steve Erickson
Tom Creamer
Vernon McKillop & Kathi
Worcester Church
Maria Filiere
... and so many more!
Nearly every Saturday since November, volunteers from Missionaries of Mercy have prepared  a delicious meal for the guests at Hotel Grace. Thank you for your dedication!

It takes ‘drive’!

In February, MCPHS nursing student and member of Nursing Students Without Borders, Tiffany Deschamps, reached out about running a fundraiser and donation drive to support our mission. She gathered information regarding our organization's work, costs, and needs, then created a webpage to facilitate monetary and in-kind donations. In April, Tiffany reached out to her fellow students, faculty, and local businesses to seek donations. By June the drive raised close to $3000 in addition to numerous in-kind gifts. Tiffany shows that with a vision, hard work, and commitment we have what it takes to provide support, restore dignity, and transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Learn how you can run a similar drive!
Tiffany Deschamps, MCPHS Graduate, member of Nursing Students Without Borders
In April, Tiffany reached out to her fellow students, faculty, and local businesses to seek donations. By June the drive raised close to $3000 in addition to numerous in-kind gifts. Tiffany shows that with a vision, hard work, and commitment we have what it takes to provide support, restore dignity, and transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Learn how you can run a similar drive!
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