Board honors volunteers, clergy for aiding homeless

By Matthew Bernat | Feb 22, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat "Nights of Hospitality" representatives accept a formal certificate of recognition from Selectmen on Tuesday. The group, composed of volunteers and area clergy, provides services for the homeless.

Wareham Selectmen put the spotlight on four groups that work locally to bring services to the homeless and low-income individuals.

Board members on Tuesday presented official citations to members of the Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless, Father Bill’s & MainSpring, Damien’s Food Pantry and organizers of the “Nights of Hospitality.” The latter is made up of leaders from local churches that provides the homeless with a hot meal and warm place to spend the night during winter.

Chair Judith Whiteside said that the groups “offer a safe harbor from the elements” and provide an “invaluable resource” to the community.

Tuesday night’s honors continued an ongoing effort by Selectmen to recognize nonprofits and volunteer-led organizations that make Wareham a better place to live.

Selectmen stand with Michael O'Neill Jr., of Father Bill's & MainSpring, after recognizing the group for its efforts to combat homelessness. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Donna Mountain, center right, and Rosemary Lackey, center left, accept a citation on behalf of Damien's Place Food Pantry on Tuesday night. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Chaplain Richard Duffy, far right, and Pastor David Shaw, third from right, were recognized for their work with the Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
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