Inspired by Maureen Taaffe, SCN, who had concern for the homeless sleeping in nearby woods on Christmas Day and Tess Browne, SCN, using her community organizing skills, Martha Louise Walsh, SCN, painted this poster. The poster theme is Our Hands Are United, Reach Out to Help Your Neighbor, at the annual NEHMA contest. After winning third-prize it now is in the Boston State House, office of Rep. Bruce Ayers.
Ten years ago, the bridge to the nearby Long Island Shelter was condemned. Last winter it closed, suddenly to the 700 homeless and drug dependent were left out in the cold with no notice.
Sister Martha’s painting depicts her apartment complex, the bus which took children to summer camp on Long Island, shelter signs, and a sailboat for the wealthy sea users, yet no access for the poor. Together with interfaith church leaders, two Boston Christian Churches did open their doors. The question mark in the painting regards the future.
Now a 400 bed shelter on land, amidst many obstacles is emerging for men. Women? It is still unknown.