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!