WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

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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afterschool program located in two underserved neighborhoods in Framingham. Last year, they received a $1,500 donation from the Churchwomen through proceeds from the sale. Herb Chason, founder and executive director, says these kinds of donations are their life- blood. "The population of kids we serve need professional staffing," he says. "We want to give them a high-quality program that includes sports, arts and crafts, and food. For some of them, the afternoon meal we serve will be the last time they eat until school begins the next day." The church helped "Hoops and Homework" last Christmas too. Many parishioners chose to sponsor a child's wish list. Chason describes the party (complete with a visit from Santa) as highpoint in his year. "It was unbelievable. There was this big pile of beautifully wrapped pres- ents and all this excitement," he recalls. "Words cannot describe the efforts they took to make it happen." To tackle the persistent hardship of homelessness, the Churchwomen also give generously to Family Promise Metrowest (FPM), an organiza- tion that has its local genesis in the Village Church. "The Wellesley Village Church was instrumental in starting FPM. There is a deep connection top, l to r: Diedre Witschorke, Karen Griswold, Betsy Visvis; patron with a find; Fran Kerchner; Cherie Hoffman and Linda Harding; Bev and Mark Lenci bottom: Village Church Rummage Sale volunteers 124 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 7 Soul (Re)Cycle

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