WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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driving around many parts of Wellesley, it is easy to make the assumption that Wellesley is a town where everyone lives big. The houses are big, the vehicles are big, and the families are big. But to make that assumption is to overlook the reality that Wellesley is an economically diverse town where people of all income levels reside. Some residents do not have houses, they do not have vehicles, and they do not have families. But luckily, they do have Wellesley Friendly Aid, a privately-funded nonprofit organization that does everything from providing emergency and hardship assistance to people undergoing transition, to offering financial aid for children to attend summer camp, to hosting social luncheons for elderly women, to distributing food vouchers over the holidays, to providing meeting space for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, to lending medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, and shower chairs to people in need. "When you think of Wellesley, you think of affluence," says Karen Mondell, Program Administrator for Wellesley Friendly Aid. "You don't think of people who are in need of support from the community to get by day-to-day. But the town of Wellesley also has public housing, which includes three sites for disabled and elderly residents, and two sites for families. Wellesley Friendly Aid doesn't exclusively focus on low-income residents, because we have programs for everyone, but a lot of our resources do go into providing for people who live in those facilities." 132 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 the Wellesley Friendly Aid Society neighbors helping neighbors J E N N I F E R B L E C H E R writer

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