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Sr. Jean and Sr. Louise were recently recognized as “Greater Bostonians” on WGBH’s Greater Boston with Jim Braude for their decades of commitment to the families of Greater Boston.  What an honor to their legacy!

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Greater Bostonians: Sisters Jean Sullivan and Louise Kearns

May 2015

On May 14, 2015, we held an event at Venezia to honor our co-founders, Sister Jean Sullivan, SND, and Sister Louise Kearns, SND, for their service and dedication to women of greater Boston for over 50 years.  The women have lived their lives among the poor, aiding mothers and children per the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame (SND.)  In the 1970’s both were living and working in the D Street Housing project in South Boston and witnessed firsthand the everyday struggles of women, particularly single mothers and their children.  The two women came together in 1974 to collaborate in the founding of Julie’s Family Learning Program as a way of providing care, education, and support to women and children of Boston.  200 families in this fiscal year come to Julie’s from South Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Charlestown, East Boston, Chelsea, Cambridge, Braintree, Waltham and Danvers.  Families that travel from outside of Greater Boston may have been transferred out of Boston due to the shelter system, but continue to remain at Julie’s.

On May 14, 300 people attended this event to celebrate the lifework of Sr. Jean Sullivan, SND, and Sr. Louise Kearns, SND.  This “Honoring Event” was the biggest event of Julie’s history.  Speakers were Sr. Patricia O’Malley who began Julie’s Children’s House with Sr. Jean in the 1970’s.  Author Michael Patrick MacDonald also spoke about Julie’s influence in the community.   A video was shown chronicling the stories of women and children in the program.  Alumna Lauretta Brennan gave the keynote speech, telling her inspirational story.  And Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry followed, speaking of the challenges all parents face “educate a mother and you’ll educate a generation.”  Julie’s angel awards were given to Srs. Jean and Louise by staff members Ann D’Auria and Christine Griffin.

http://southbostontoday.com/over-300-people-were-in-attendance-to-celebrate-the-lifework-of-sr-jean-sullivan/

June 2014

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We are the proud recipients of a Cummings Foundation $100k for 100 grant.  Thank you to the Cummings Foundation!  Click here to learn more about their philanthropy.

May 2014

Our Director of Children’s Services was May 2014’s Character of the Month.

January 2014

Our Director of Development was profiled in The College of the Holy Cross’s Crusader Chronicles.

September 2013

Our summer intern from Emmanuel College received the St. Julie Billiart award.

May 2013

Our Executive Director was May 2013’s Character of the Month

October 2006

In October 2006, we received a $10,000 Oprah’s Angel Network grant in conjunction with O, The Oprah Magazine‘s “O You!” event.