"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again..."
Pioneer's Home Team
Pioneer's Home Team was founded in an effort to involve Pioneer in a personal and effectual way in our community. The Home Team supports The Home for Little Wanderers, which has roots dating back to 1799. The Home's mission is to offer a warm heart and a fresh start to some of our region's most vulnerable children and families. It is New England's largest nonprofit child and family service agency. Knight Children's Center, the Home's largest residential facility with 35 live-in children, along with a large number of day program participants, was selected by the Home Team out of the 15 residential facilities which comprise The Home for Little Wanderers, because it is the largest, and the Home Team knew that we have the people-power to make a difference!
From helping at Knight Children's Center's Special Olympics, to painting murals under the guidance of professional muralist Andy Gregory, to hosting a Halloween Party, a Holiday Giving Tree Project (with 170 toys collected), and Valentine's Party, and to providing vital financial support, the Home Team's mission is to enhance the lives of these children.
What Pam Rodes, of Pioneer's Marketing Communications Department, has to say about Pioneer's Home Team:
"I served in Peace Corps - Romania. One of the goals of the Peace Corps is to "bring it home," meaning to share the culture I lived and worked in with Americans at home to help promote a better understanding of people in other countries and cultures. But, what I also brought home with me is an even stronger sense of the importance of service to community. Luckily for me, service has become a bigger part of Pioneer's corporate culture and, as a member of the Home Team, I've been able to get involved with The Home for Little Wanderers."
Founded in 1974 by Boston activist Kip Tiernan, Rosie's Place began in an abandoned grocery store in the heart of Boston's South End. Tiernan noticed that women were disguising themselves as men in order to get shelter. Not only was there no shelter for women in Boston, there was no shelter for women anywhere in the United States. Rosie's Place has evolved from simply providing shelter to offering both immediate and long-term solutions. Programs at Rosie's Place include providing daily lunch and dinner, emergency shelter, permanent housing, advocacy, clothing, a food pantry, a food cooperative, job training, and more. Its job-training program, the Women's Craft Cooperative, has yearly visited Pioneer, with the women selling their button-made items, which are featured in J. Jill catalogs.
In 2001, Susan Bullock started the Pioneer "Summer at Rosie's" program. The program was a huge success with both Pioneer and Rosie’s and soon grew into a year-long commitment to provide dinner volunteers on the third Thursday of every month. Throughout the past eight years, Susan and innumerable Pioneer volunteers have created a strong bond and partnership with Rosie’s. In the words of Susan Bullock, "'Summer at Rosie's' is all about us – here at Pioneer - literally serving the community: soup, bread, meat, potato, salad, and dessert to women (with some of their children in tow) on the outskirts of society. The women at Rosie’s Place are called 'guests,' deserving of our respect. Winston Churchill once said 'We make a living from what we get. We make a life from what we give.'"