Haley House Uses the Power of Food to Build Community in Boston

Haley House uses food and the power of community to address basic needs of Boston area residents in transition with housing, food security and job training for formerly incarcerated individuals. Dating back to 1966, Haley House began as an overnight shelter for those in Boston’s South End and has since grown to a multi-service nonprofit and social enterprise that advances economic mobility in the South End and Roxbury neighborhoods.

In 2014, Haley House was named a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder®. As a Neighborhood Builder award recipient, Haley House received $200,000 in flexible grant funding, leadership development for its Executive Director, Bing Broderick, and an emerging leader, and the opportunity to connect to a network of peer organizations. The unrestricted funding helped Haley House purchase the building that houses the bustling Haley House Bakery and Cafe, powering its ability to serve the community for the long-term. Executive Director, Broderick said: “I had to learn how to become the visionary, not just taking care of the job at hand. Neighborhood Builders offered me a lot of training and put us in touch with a network of people all over the country.”

Elevating the skills and reach of the Haley House team is paying dividends for the South End and Dudley Square neighborhoods. When not serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at its bustling full-service café and catering in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, Haley House offers a range of programs including job training for those transitioning out of incarceration, and after-school culinary arts and nutrition programs for youth. Haley House also helps address food insecurity and affordable housing in the South End, distributing 65,000 meals a year through its food pantry, serving 24,000 meals through its soup kitchen and managing 109 housing units throughout the neighborhood.

Since 2004, Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders program has helped advance sustainable communities by investing more than $220 million in 49 communities – partnering with more than 1,000 nonprofits and more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders and counting.

Learn more about how the Neighborhood Builders program helps nonprofit partners advance economic mobility and supports skills development for nonprofit leaders, powering nonprofits like Haley House to build thriving communities.


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