In Roslindale: Across Generations…with the Earth… in Relationship! 

From Casserly House

Mary Beth O’Sullivan, Ignatian Volunteer and Donna Stiglmeier, Director of Casserly House

In collaboration with the City of Boston, nearby Viet Nam Temple, and Archdale Housing, Casserly House participated in LOVE YOUR BLOCK, a neighborhood clean-up on a sunny April 27th. Thanks also to Weesh Bake Shop, Arboretum Pizza Grill, and Dunkin for contributing food and coffee to sustain our efforts and build community!

Above and below: In collaboration with the City of Boston, nearby Viet Nam Temple, and Archdale Housing, Casserly House participated in LOVE YOUR BLOCK, a neighborhood clean-up on a sunny April 27th. Thanks also to Weesh Bake Shop, Arboretum Pizza Grill, and Dunkin for contributing food and coffee to sustain our efforts and build community! 

ESOL Recognition Day in Roslindale on May 9th was an amazing and inspirational evening in a packed community room at Roslindale’s BPL!  Roslindale’s Adult Literacy Community recognized volunteers and especially adult learners of English (for Speakers of other Language-ESOL).  Stories were told of adult learners traveling up to 2 hours each way to learn English, of overcoming fear, and of the opportunities opened as English language skills increased.  Straight from the heart, in Spanish and then English, City Councilor Enrique Pepén shared about his Dominican parents coming to the United States.  Representative Rob Consalvo remarked, “I see future elected officials in this room; your stories are so inspiring!” Casserly House, ABCD Adult ESOL Program, and the Roslindale Branch of Boston Public Library were sponsors.

Casserly House was delighted to recognize Zoraida, from Venezuela, for her joyful personality, faithfulness to attendance, and enthusiasm for learning.  The volunteer mother and son team of Gail and Seth were honored for their commitment to Casserly House through the years.  Casserly House is so grateful to have a team of dedicated volunteers.  In Zoraida’s words, “Thank you, Teacher!”  In the volunteers’ words, “The adult learners are an amazing bunch of people, each with their own story!”

Scroll down to see pictures of the April School Vacation week and our Neighborhood Clean Up, in addition to the ESOL Awards.  Building relationships among all God’s creation – the earth, neighbors, partners, and across generations – for a better future!

 

Above: Love your Block! Cleaning up the neighborhood proved to be a community-driven and joyful experience.

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Left: Seth, who works full time and teaches every Monday morning, spoke of the gifts that he receives from the adult learners and the values of service instilled in him by his mother, Gail, who volunteers on Thursday.  Gail spoke about being uplifted after teaching.

Right: Awardees of 2024 Roslindale ESOL Student Recognition Day… Instructors Gail (seated in the middle) and Seth Grady (standing third from right, also holding Zoraida’s award) are among the awardees recognized on May 9th!  Rep. Consalvo stands second to the left. City Councilor Pepén stands to the right. 

At the event by Donna, Zoraida was recognized. Other adult learners and volunteer instructors attended!

 

Above & left: During April School Vacation Week, Lindsay (ESOL Program Engagement Administrator) and Mary Beth (Ignatian Volunteer) joined neighborhood children for a Guided Tour by Arboretum Staff. Thanks to the Arboretum AND E5 Boston Police Department for providing transportation.