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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devastated by a house fire, to starting a sewing school so that a "mater- nity trunk" for impoverished mothers and children would always be fully stocked, to establishing a free bed at the Newton Cottage Hospital (now Newton-Wellesley Hospital), to opening an employment bureau. By 1909, the Friendly Aid Committee was so crucial to the community that it was incorporated into the Wellesley Friendly Aid Association, a private, nonprofit organization with the purpose of "promoting the welfare of the poor, suffering or friendless in Wellesley." Today, Wellesley Friendly Aid operates under the motto of "neigh- bors helping neighbors," but its approach to service is just as fluid as it was one hundred years ago and the organization often acts as a catch- all or place of last resort for residents who have nowhere else to go. For example, imagine you are new to town with lim- ited resources and no furniture. There are places in Massachusetts that provide free donated furniture, but first you need a referral from a service organi- zation. Then you need to find your way to the warehouse to choose the furniture. And then you also need to transport the furniture back to Wellesley. Something as simple as finding a crib for your newborn baby becomes a logistical night- mare. That's where Wellesley Friendly Aid steps in. Maybe they know of someone in town with a crib to donate? Maybe they can find a moving service willing to lend a hand? Maybe they can also help secure clothing and other necessities? Or maybe they are just a friendly voice to point you in the right direction for future services? Whatever the situation, Wellesley Friendly Aid fills a vital gap in the lives of hundreds of people in the community. In addition to helping in times of need, Wellesley Friendly Aid also operates many programs that residents rely on regularly. One of its longest running programs, Friendship Circle, began in 1949 under the original name Circle of Golden Age Group. Run in conjunction with the Wellesley Service League, Friendship Circle is a weekly luncheon meeting (held October through May) of elderly women, many of whom have no family or other social opportunities. For some atten- dees, it's the only day they leave their homes all week. But what a day it is. Members of Friendship Circle are picked up from their homes by volunteers from the Wellesley Service League and driven to Wellesley Friendly Aid, where they gather in a lovely wood paneled dining room 134 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 Wellesley Friendly Aid operates many programs that residents rely on regularly. Neighbors Helping Neighbors C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y F R I E N D L Y A I D

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