It takes a village

By Shawn Zoldak

Northeastern Correctional Centers Deputy Superintendent Colette Santa along with Culinary Art Instructor Ed Jacobs, Sgt. Shawn Zoldak and Industrial Instructor John Larson delivered a Gingerbread Village created by Chef Jacobs and his culinary arts students, to Chelsea Gordon, Volunteer Manager, at The Home for Little Wanderers in Roslindale. The group also delivered numerous toys, all of which were donated during a toy drive, by staff and the public attending culinary arts. The village was placed at the entrance to the building, Thrift shop of Boston. The thrift shop is managed by Chris Roth and all proceeds directly benefit the children’s programs. Also accepting the donations was Rick Houpt, director of Development, who explained that the program also has a culinary component that the children attend and enjoy tremendously.

gingerbread village

The Home for Little Wanderers provides a seamless continuum of vital programs and services for every stage of child and family development. For more than 200 years, we’ve earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe in their own communities, even when they don’t have family support.

home for lil

Serving children and youth from birth to 22, The Home makes a positive impact on over 7,000 lives each year through a network of services including behavioral health, therapeutic residential and special education, adoption and foster care. In addition, a number of innovative programs provide specialized assistance to youth transitioning to adulthood from state systems of care.

We continuously measure the impact of our work to develop and enhance our programs. We never give up on children. And we don’t let children give up on themselves. By advocating on behalf of each and every one of them, we strengthen our families, our communities and our Commonwealth


Left to Right: Three volunteers, Deputy Colette Santa, Culinary Instructor Ed Jacobs, Home for Little Wanderers Volunteer Manager Chelsea Gordon, Thrift Shop manager Chris Roth.



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