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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"We seek to help homeless and needy adults and children look, feel, and stay healthy by providing them with basic and essential personal hygiene products and toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, and tooth- paste," Feingold says. "It's also critical for one's health and self-esteem." While Feingold humbly refers to Hope and Comfort as "our little engine that could," the momentum gained in the past five years is undeniable — and impressive. "While we started with a simple model, we now have a full-time employee," he says. "The biggest issue I've been focusing on is program development," says Julie Williams, managing director, who has been on board for a year. "We have built two terrific programs — Stock the Shelves and Soap for Hope." The Fantastic Five From hands-on experience, Hope and Comfort has learned that the top five needed items are soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant. The Stock the Shelves program is designed to get those five critical personal care products on food pantry shelves. "We met with The Greater Boston Hunger Network, which is composed of three dozen pantries in 20 towns," Williams says. "They said there's a huge need for those five essentials." Trucks hired by the pantries arrive once a month at Hope and Comfort's warehouse in Newton to pick up bulk supplies for their clients. Similarly, Williams describes the new Soap for Hope initiative as "super-exciting." She explains, "We distribute toiletry kits to youth organizations in Boston like the Boys & Girls Clubs." good works "random acts of kindness" 158 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 left: Boxes of soap waiting to be delivered right: Tracie Longman of the Newton Food Pantry picking up deodorant from Hope and Comfort

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