As we approach the close of another year, we here at ESAC want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a bright and wonderful new year. Thanks to your support, we have been able to provide a great deal of help to members of the community in 2014 and we look forward to even more in 2015.
As you wrap up the last minute holiday shopping, there is an easy way to provide some additional support to ESAC – the Amazon Smile Foundation. If you shop on Amazon, just go to www.smile.amazon.com and select ESAC as your charitable organization. We will receive .5% of the purchase of eligible products.
Your generous donations have led to our being able to:
- Help 318 homeowners avoid losing their homes to foreclosure
- Help 168 senior homeowners with repairs so that they can remain in their homes as long as they desire
- Help 177 disconnected out-of-school youth take classes to obtain their high school diplomas
ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting stable, vibrant communities by offering a wide array of services including GED education programs, foreclosure prevention counseling and assistance, free and low-cost senior home repair, and public policy advocacy.
Please use the links above to learn more about who we are and what we do to help our neighbors each day. To the right, you’ll find links to recent updates and ESAC news as well as a calendar of upcoming events. Our success depends on the generous support of people like you, so please consider clicking that donate link on the right to help.
Another Great Taste
On October 2, ESAC’s 19th Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain brought a buoyant crowd of more than 250 people to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall to sample the cuisine of 18+ restaurants. With its new central location, the Taste proved once again to be a great spot for friends to gather and enjoy delicious food from around the community. The hall was transformed with vibrant fabrics and huge food themed balloons, and the festive mood was enhanced by the warm rhythms of the Camelia Latin Jazz Trio.
The Grass Fed burger bar – new this year – proved a huge hit with the crowd. The kids feasted on Whole Foods’ mac and cheese, Fiore’s cupcake bar, and of course JP Licks’ ice cream. Face painters, and walk around magicians provided entertainment for young and old. The Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, and Boston Beer samples provided further diversions.
Thanks to the many restaurants who participated, to our project sponsors who supported the event, and to our community volunteers, especially Stephen Lussier of Arborview Realty and the Meridian school faculty and students! Thanks also to everyone who came and supported ESAC’s programs – which allow us to continue our work to Ensure Stability through Action in the Community!
FEELING SQUEEZED BY:
WE CAN HELP!!!
- Budgeting counseling and consumer education
- Debt reduction strategies
- Loan Modifications
Our services are free and confidential by HUD certified housing counselors. Call ESAC’s Sustainable Home Ownership Center at: 617-524-2555
- The City of Boston, Martin Walsh, Mayor
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley
What people are saying about ESAC
“The people at ESAC really wanted to help me, and made me want to help myself. Now I can be confident in what I can do for my daughter. I can look forward instead of just waiting for something to happen.”
– DeSean Martin, GED Plus graduate
“It’s been a blessing. I don’t have kids, I never married. I’m living on Social Security. ESAC helps me to stay in my home — they are wonderful.”
– Madeline Forman, ESAC Senior Home Repair client
“ESAC performs a critically needed service to modest-income families at risk of losing their homes and I am not aware of any other entity that does what ESAC does. I can confidently refer individuals to ESAC knowing that if anyone can save their homes, ESAC can.”
– Attorney Janet Werkman
“ESAC has consistently delivered high quality counseling and has been a leader in developing foreclosure prevention services. What makes ESAC stand out is the consistent level of success they have achieved.”
– Attorney Gary Klein
“The bottom line is this. If it had not been for ESAC we would have been another statistic in the foreclosure statistic. We have our home because of ESAC period.”
– Deborah and Joseph Briggs, Homeowners