Remembering Billy O
The Mission was saddened by the unexpected passing of former employee Billy Oranczak on September 7, 2018 at the age of 66. Working first as a cook and later as Food Service Manager, Billy served the Mission’s clients for eight years until his retirement in 2015. Under his leadership, the kitchen and meals programs provided over 10,000 meals per month to those in need. Believing in the power of community effort to feed hungry people, Billy formed lasting partnerships with local restaurants, grocery stores, businesses, and churches, encouraging them to provide nutritious food to the Mission at little to no cost. He established relationships with both TD Garden and the Boston Red Sox, resulting in creative and even gourmet food donations. Passionate about eradicating hunger among children, he initiated school-based food pantry programs in two lower income neighborhood schools, ensuring access to food outside of the normal school day. A naturally gregarious person, Billy was known for his humor, transparency, and approachability. He was rarely at a loss for words and freely shared his personal story as both a testimony and an encouragement to the Mission’s many clients and volunteers. He enthusiastically worked with thousands of volunteers and formed meaningful, impactful relationships on behalf of the Mission. Billy’s presence will be greatly missed.
Bank of America Builds Opportunities for Mission Residents and Guests
For more than a century, we've helped to give people at risk the tools they need to restore a healthy balance in their lives. Thanks to support from Bank of America, hundreds of residents and guests at risk of homelessness, hunger, incarceration, and substance abuse can restore their own stability and bring economic opportunities to their families. When enough families strengthen their economic outlook, a community of vulnerable people becomes strong and vibrant. We're grateful to the Bank of America Foundation for the generous support that strengthens individuals, families, and their communities.
John and Dennis on Mix 104.1
The Mission was so glad to welcome WZLX and iHeartRadio personality Sue Brady to our volunteer team. Sue's passion for people who are homeless and in need led her not only to shifts in the Mission kitchen, but to connect further with Mission residents and guests and present them with opportunities in the community.
In her travels, Sue led Mission President John Samaan and Food Service Manger Dennis Gaskell to Mike Mullaney, host of the New England Lifestyles program airing on Boston's Mix 104.1. The link above plays a 30 minute segment with Mike, John, Sue, and Dennis (left to right below) speaking about homelessness, addiction, life on the streets, and how the Mission transforms lives at risk.
A Note of Kindness
We're blessed by our supporters in so many ways...sometimes with kind words, like these from Marge and Jack:
Thanks for your thanks. We have been regular contributors to Boston Rescue Mission for many years. I remember vividly what first convinced us of the value of your Mission. It was an invitation to come to the BRM facility and see how our contributed dollars are being put to work.
Seeing the rooms, the beds and the other facilities and hearing how they are used on a regular basis made us realize how important our dollars were to helping the unfortunate among us. We intend to continue our contributions and we wish you well in your mission.
It's faithful givers like Marge and Jack that reach those in the greatest need. And please contact us at if you would like a personal tour of our downtown headquarters. We'll be glad to show you around!
Wear Hope on Your Sleeve!
You asked for 'em. We got 'em. New Mission t-shirts!
We kept the same great classic designs on the front and back for a simple, understated look. This time we added two new colors - a royal blue and an Irish green in addition to black and orange.
Shirts are $10 apiece and available in sizes small through 2XL. Contact Mauricia at (617) 338-9000 ext. 1230. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pickup only please