Thanks for helping needy in tough times

July 24, 2009
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ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.) board of directors and staff would like to take this op-portunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our 2008 funders and supporters. We recognize that these are challenging economic times, and yet our supporters have been steadfast in helping us provide ongoing high quality services to the neediest citizens in our neighborhoods.

We applaud and thank our supporters, including local restaurants and sponsors for ESAC’s very successful “13th Annual Taste of JP” last November. The event was attended by more than 400 people at Cedars of Lebanon Hall. We thank the participating restaurants who made it possible: Alchemist Restaurant, Ban Chiang House, Blue Frog Bakery, Bella Luna, Bon Savor, Boston Beer Company, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Canto 6, City Feed and Supply, Dogwood Cafe, Fiore’s Bakery, Haley House, Himalayan Bistro, J.P. Licks, J.P. Seafood Cafe, James’s Gate, Laria Foods, Masona Grill, The Real Deal, Ten Tables, Ula Café, Vee Vee, Voltage Coffee, West on Cen-tre and Wonder Spice Cafe. Each restaurant brought delectable dishes, and the attendees raved about the food. We ask that that the community support these establishments frequently because they really are our local “finest.”

We also thank our incredible sponsors for the event: Eastern Bank, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Brookline Bank, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Boston Private Bank, Alan & Carolyn Sharaf, SKM Title & Clos-ing, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Mass Housing, Neighborhood Health Plan, Overture Partners, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Beer Company, Mt. Washington Bank, Jamaica Plain Gazette and Citizens Bank Charita-ble Foundation. We raised nearly $45,000 through the event’s proceeds. We ask for community support for all of these companies who are so generous and demonstrate their own community support! ESAC’s “14th Annual Taste of JP” is scheduled for Nov. 19, 2009, so hold the date because you do not want to miss this event.

The success of “ESAC’s Taste of JP” would also not be possible without the financial support of the over 100 local businesses, community groups and elected officials who contribute to the event and donate to our silent auction and raffle. We very much appreciate their ongoing commitment to ensuring stability in our community.

We also take this opportunity to publicly thank our major funders and contributors: City Of Boston: De-partment of Neighborhood Development, Boston Public Health Commission, EDIC Alternative Education Initia-tive, Neighborhood Jobs Trust, Boston Connects, Job Corp Service, Boston Police Department (Shannon), Title III (Elder Services) and Small Changes; Suffolk County DA’s Office Safe Neighborhood Initiative, Massachu-setts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimac Valley, Mon Valley Initiative, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Neighborhood Health Plan, Mass Housing, Eastern Bank, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Citi Foundation, Hayden Foundation, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Foundation, Roxbury Youth Works, Action for Boston Community Development and Citizens’ Housing And Planning Association. These funders provide the core resources needed to operate our programs and provide services.

ESAC greatly appreciates our funders and supporters who make it possible to meet our mission to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens in Boston’s neighborhoods. The services we offer in-clude foreclosure prevention counseling, senior home repair and emergency services, lead abatement coordina-tion and loan assistance, youth programs, GED programs, counseling and advocacy; asthma health and environ-mental education; community organizing; and the Egleston Square Peace Garden.

We also thank the community for its ongoing support!

Emily Morris Litonjua
President, Board of Directors
William A. Minkle
Executive Director
ESAC