Spring 2012 Recent Events

Abby’s House Shelter Receives a Paint-over!

Last summer, Abby’s House was selected as the MA winner of the Color Care Across America contest! The goal of the contest – organized by the US Conference of Mayors, Benjamin Moore Paints, and the Paint and Decorating Contractors of America – was to paint the interior of one homeless shelter in each state. Abby’s House was selected from scores of applications.
The week before Thanksgiving, a crew of professional painters volunteered their time to transform the 1st floor of the shelter. The walls – which were covered with ‘80s wallpaper – were prepared, primed and painted in less than a day and a half. As a result, the shelter now looks much brighter, cheerier and updated. This will make a world of difference to the homeless women and children who turn to Abby’s House for help. We’d like to thank Mayor Joe O’Brien, Norm Fuller and John Lanzillotti from Benjamin Moore, John Ord and the rest of the volunteer painters from the Paint and Decorating Contractors of America - MA Chapter, as well as Matt Epstein at Economy Paints for making the “paint-over” a reality!

Abby Kelley Foster Inducted into Two Halls of Fame

In the year of her 200th birthday and after several attempts, Abby Kelley Foster received long-overdue national recognition. On October 1, 2011, Abby Kelley Foster – after whom Abby’s House is named – was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, in Seneca Falls, NY. The event was attended by several staff from Abby’s House and members of the Worcester Women’s History Project. On October 22, she was inducted into the Abolitionist Hall of Fame in Peterboro, NY. According to the Worcester Women’s History Project, “These were the two driving moral causes that motivated Abby’s life: equality between the sexes and the abolition of slavery – with full racial equality.” We’re happy that Abby is getting the recognition she so deserves!

Holiday Open House

On December 8, Abby’s House held a Holiday Open House to show off the newly-refurbished shelter. The event – attended by more than 50 people – was great fun! Many people who attended donated items from the Holiday Needs List or presents for the women. Thanks, everyone!