Brightspot Summer 2011

Volume 29, Issue 2; Summer 2011

 “The ache for a home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

– Maya Angelou

So, you've led a pretty good life. Maintained yourself, paid your bills, gone to work, maybe even raised a family. Always, at the end of the day you could go home, put a key in the lock, and enter a place of your own.

As the women and families that come through Abby's know, all of this can change in the blink of an eye.

Congratulations to our founder, Annette Rafferty! She was honored by the Center for Nonviolent Solutions with their Community Leader Award 2011 for "opening our eyes to the problems of violence in its many forms, from domestic violence at home to the struggles between nations, and for her tireless work in promoting nonviolent solutions, justice and compassion in a troubled world."

Homelessness doesn't just affect the people who have no place to live; it affects us all. When it comes to the homeless, many people have mixed emotions.  Some are confused about how someone could end up living on the streets, feel uncomfortable around the homeless, or are uncertain how they can help. Some people feel that the homeless "allowed" themselves to end up that way and do not feel that it is their problem. Others feel it is a social justice issue and need to do something about it.

Jillian Anger Alfeo, President

Laurie Bowater, Treasurer

Kelly Brissette

Mattie Castiel

Molly Donahue, Clerk

Jackie Ford, Asst. Treasurer

Amanda Graves

Michelle Hansen

Arlene Lian

Lynne McKenney Lydick

Sue Manero

Natalie Mello

Muriel Swenor

Lucy Varela

Anne Wolfe, Vice President


All grants received between
January 1 - June 30, 2011

Between January 1 - June 30, we raised $404,835 toward our budget.  As of now we need to raise 66% of our $1.2 million budget.

Celebrating Our 35th Anniversary at the Hanover Theatre with Natalie Cole!