Brightspot Winter 2010

Volume 28, Issue 3; Winter 2010

Abby’s House was founded in 1976 by a group of volunteers, who worked hard to establish one of the 1st homeless shelters in the US. Thirty-four years later, we have been able to help more than 11,000 women, mothers and children reclaim and rebuild their lives. Without our volunteers, the transformative work we do here would not be possible.

Due to emotional abuse, Debbie made the choice to separate from her husband. Though she had access to stay elsewhere, she chose Abby’s House. Debbie graciously shares her courageous story…

All Grants were received between 8/1 – 10/31/10

Avidia Bank *
Bank of America
Citizens Bank
Keurig *
Sovereign Bank *
St. Vincent Hospital Community Benefits Program
Wynne Chase 
Fund @ the Greater 
Worcester Community Foundation

*New funder


HipHipHerRace wasn’t just about raising money to support Abby’s House. In its own way, the race was healing for those who participated, as well. One of the race participants is a stroke 
survivor, who rallied to walk the entire course, hills and all! Two of our runners shared that they had come all the way from Boston to run because they’d grown up in a home where their father physically abused their mother.

Jillian Anger, President
Carolann Bombard
Leanore Bona, Asst. Treasurer
Laurie Bowater
Matilde Castiel
Patricia Conzo
Mary Ann Coppolino, Clerk
Gloria Giustino Dilendik
Molly Donahue
Jacqueline Ford
Amanda Graves
Arlene Lian
Natalie Mello
Muriel Swenor
Melanie Sullivan, Treasurer
Enoh Ukpong
Lucy Varela
Annie Wolfe, Vice President
Christine Zecker


We need mannequins and dress forms for our upcoming fashion show! If you have one or more mannequins or dress forms that you could loan 
or donate to Abby’s House, please contact our Thrift 
Shop Manager, Jodi Salerno: or call (508) 756 5486 ext. 31.


As of October 31, we have raised $778,720 
toward our $1.2M budget. Our fiscal year closes on December 31, so this means we need to raise at least $400,000 in November and December of 2010.


We came across an invaluable tool last month: 
the Crittenton Women’s Union (located in Boston), has an interactive Economic Independence Calculator on their website, which allows you to determine how much it costs for a specific family to live in a specific town or city in MA. Below are the numbers based on 1 Adult with 1 school age child living in Worcester.

 Women in Wine is an annual event held by a group of Worcester area women to benefit Abby's House.  In its 7th year, this event has raised $122,475 for Abby's House!

Sponsors for the 2010 event include: Verizon, Counseling & Assessment Clinic of Worcester, Fallon Clinic, Harvey & Sons, Robert Hennigan, Esq., Edith & Tom Lavigne, Worcester Credit Union, Charter Communications, and Pioneer Oil.