Our History

Boston Share Network was founded in 2004 by Dorothy and Len Werst of Acton, MA, after personal experience with poor and homeless people in Boston.  Dorothy and Len saw the needs, heard the pleas and were touched by the situations of other human beings. Ultimately, their souls were enriched by an ability to help.

The evolution began with the need for shoes and boots.  What followed was a chain reaction of needs identification over the years,

followed by Boston Share Network's collective response, working together to provide:

winter coats...gloves, hats, scarves and socks...toiletries...new underwear...used clothing...books and magazines...funding to renovate a space for a shelter washer and dryer.

As we grew, we held Strategic Planning Sessions under the guidance of Evelyn Johnson Moore.  Out of these sessions evolved the development of our three programs:

With the incredible support of many individuals, families, groups, churches, organizations and businesses, Boston Share Network continues its evolution to bridge the gap between homelessness and a life of hope!


There are 3 ways you can make a donation to Boston Share Network

1.  Send a check made out to 
     Boston Share Network to:

Boston Share Network
c/o St. Matthews UMC
435 Central St
Acton, MA 01720

2. Use the Donate Button below to make donations via our PayPal Giving Fund page using a Credit/Debit card and have 100% of your donation go to BSN


3. Via Venmo using this QR code:

Your donation will go toward the most urgent needs of the shelters in the Boston Share Network.