My journey with USES started back in 1994 when I first attended Camp Hale (that's me on the left in the matching Christmas pj's!). That summer changed my life; I accomplished tasks that I would have never experienced if I had stayed in the city. Moreover, I met leaders and peers that were from all walks of life who believed in me and pushed me to be great. Needless to say, I returned to Camp Hale every summer after that and worked my way through leadership positions including Leader In Training, Counselor in Training, Counselor, and LIT Coordinator.
In 2009, I became Director of Camp Hale. Having watched the leaders who ran Camp before me, I knew that I had big shoes to fill. I had to keep the traditions of Camp Hale alive, yet put my own twist on it, and most importantly make sure Camp Hale would survive another 109 years! To do this, I implemented new sessions including Rookie Camp, Family Camp and Girls Camp.
Summer 2019 was an incredible year for Camp Hale and USES. We completed Phase 1 of our Capital Campaign- building new staff cabins, a new infirmary, a new dining hall and community space. My goal over the past 10 years was to match the site to the quality of programs and connections at Camp Hale. We finally gave Camp the upgrade it deserved and developed a community of supporters who recognize the importance of Camp Hale on Squam. Now in 2020, I am excited to take the next steps in my career as the Vice President of Development and utilize my leadership skills in a new way.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this opportunity to join me in supporting United South End Settlements. I grew up at USES through Camp Hale and know from experience how impactful these programs are to the lives of children and their families. Please join me in making sure that USES is here for another 128 years helping families meet their full potential.
It goes without saying that this pandemic has had a devastating impact on our daily lives and the livelihood of our community. Rooted in the settlement house movement with 128-years of service, United South End Settlements (USES) is once again poised to support our community through crisis. Over 1/3 of the children living in the South End of Boston are from families living below the poverty line. The majority of their parents are immigrants, single parents, and people of color. Sadly, COVID-19 is exacerbating the physical and emotional impacts of living in poverty and amplifying the needs of families who are struggling the most. Our families are experiencing the stress and anxiety of job loss/reduction and loss of income – they are unable to afford rent, food, and pay other bills and they need our support. With a mission to harness the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families, we stand ready to serve, but we can’t do it alone. Please help us by supporting our newly established neighbor2neighbor (n2n) Fund for Families.
Click the button below to learn how the neighbor2neighbor Fund for Families will allow USES to continue providing remote learning and enrichment, family supports, professional development opportunities, mini grants to help pay for food, rent/mortgage, utilities, and child care.