COH Volunteer Receives RAY of Hope Award

Dan Julien, a junior at NeedhamHigh School, recently received the Needham Youth Services RAY of Hope Award for his volunteer work at Circle of Hope.  Dan works at COH on a weekly basis and Barbara Waterhouse nominated him for this award to recognize his efforts to help those who are less fortunate.Dan Julien plus others

In addition to COH, Dan is also involved in Lovelane.  Lovelane is a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program that has a dramatic impact on the physical and cognitive development of children with special needs through its holistic approach and unique, supportive environment. He recently completed fundraising and participating in Lovelane's Run for Love to raise money to support the wonderful programs at Lovelane.

In his free time, Dan enjoys his music program at the All Newton Music School, is an active member of St. Joseph's Parish and enjoys supporting all the Needham High and Boston sports teams. Additionally, Dan enjoys books, listening to music and spending time with his family traveling – especially over the summer when he visits Major League Ball parks.


COH Clothing Donations Help Project Hope Women Shine

On the morning of June 7th, Circle of Hope volunteers attended the “Rise & Shine Breakfast” for Project Hope.  The keynote speaker was Liz Walker who talked about Project Hope Shelter as a place where grace happens.  Other speakers included Boston's Mayor Menino who said that what sometimes separates people who are "down on their luck" from others is just having someone to turn to for help.

When the staff of Project Hope Shelter and Adult Learning Programs need help with clothing for the women in their programs they turn to COH.  We provided clothing for each of the Project Hope Ambassadors who attended the “Rise & Shine Breakfast” and shared their inspirational stories.  After leaving the breakfast, Louise, a long-time COH volunteer said:  "There were some very proud women there today and it was so nice to see them smiling and looking fabulous." 

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Thank you to all our donors who provided clothing to help these women look fabulous and radiate pride in their success!


Thanks to COH, Miglene Bourdeau is Full Time Nurse in Lazile, Haiti

Meet Miglene Bourdeau. She is the nurse who recently started working full time in the community of Lazile, Haiti. Her salary and the cost of medications she can dispense under our guidelines are paid for through Circle of Hope. This is an exciting step for the community of Lazile -- one they have long hoped for.


Miglene has a bachelors degree in nursing and previously worked in cholera treatment programs as well as several other settings. One of our IMT nurses will be going to Lazile next week to work with her and help make sure she has a solid start to her work there. Another group of IMT members will visit there in August and bring needed medication and provide help with patient management.