HOLY WEEK 2019

Holy Week 2019: St. Martin de Porres, Xaverian Bros., and St. John’s (Shrewsbury, MA) High Schools

What a meaningful way to spend Holy Week:

living in unity with our brothers and sisters from
St Martin de Porres HS (Cleveland, OH)
Xaverian Brothers HS (Westwood, MA)
St. John’s HS (Shrewsbury, MA)

Making a difference serving with Melissa, Teshla, Wellspring, local farmers, and on the homefront.

Thanks to these students and chaperones for their selfless love and their graced presence among us.

Thanks also to our helpers for the week: Shannon O’Toole & Kate Wiggins.

San Damiano Center for Sustainability: foundation in progress, Part VII

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Foundation in Progress, Part VII

The final footer has been poured (supervised by 5-year-old Isaiah), courses of block continue on up, footer drains complete, root cellar deepens, openings into composting toilet bins and root cellar get their lintels, volunteers pour concrete into retaining walls. Soon, we will be ready for the slab to be poured!

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Bethlehem Farm earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency

Bethlehem Farm earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency

Bethlehem Farm just earned a 2019 Platinum Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. By sharing these important metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.

We chose to display quantitative information such as number of households served with low-income home repair; number of service-retreat participants who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment; and number of participants who adopt new practices in  their own lives under the cornerstones to represent how hard Bethlehem Farm is working toward achieving our mission. 

We’re proud to have earned a Platinum Seal to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the highest level of transparency, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic information about our missions, programs, leadership, etc.; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and vision, and the progress we are making toward our mission. Plus, we’ve provided fresh information to 200+ charitable websites and applications that use GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good.

What do you think?

Check out our profile at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/26-4449900. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Foundation Center and GuideStar have joined forces to become a new nonprofit called Candid. Learn more at candid.org.

San Damiano Center for Sustainability: foundation in progress, Part VI

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Foundation in Progress, Part VI

The Caretakers carved out some time in the midst of spring group season to lend a hand on the foundation work: filling retaining walls with concrete mix (watch out for that dust!) and laying the block walls to separate the compost bins beneath the composting toilets. Thanks to Will and Farmer Tim for the coaching and for plenty of work on the site as well.

“Rebuild My Church” Capital Campaign

San Damiano Center for Sustainability: foundation in progress, Part V

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Foundation in Progress, Part V

The crew from Solak Builders, Travis, Eric, Josh, and Nathan, has been hard at work this week.

The foundations for the chicken coop/livestock shed and Outdoor Sustainability Education Area continue to take shape. The retaining wall continues on up, as the root cellar deepens, and Caretakers begin on compost toilet bin dividers, with the instruction of Will and Farmer Tim.

“Rebuild My Church” Capital Campaign

Old Garden Tool Shed Before Demolition and Construction of Maintenance Garage

Old Garden Tool Shed Before Demolition and Construction of Maintenance Garage

This old “house” is on its way down–first, via gravity; soon, via crowbar; finally, via dozer. Making way for something a bit more useful…

This is a 1970s home built by the Whitfords, since the old farm house on the property burned down before it changed hands perhaps in the early 70s or before. The shed roof on the right side (as viewed from the gravel lot) may even have been a chicken coop prior to the old farm house being burned down. We plan to take it down “gently” to salvage rafters, which are rough cut, perhaps salvage some 1x paneling from the walls, but the floor system and joists are not far off the ground and are already rotting and giving way in places, so we may demolish and burn once we get down the the floor system. We also plan on sending the metal to the scrap yard for re-use.

The maintenance garage/tool barn/wood shop/picnic shelter will support the service with the local community aspect of our mission. Construction is planned for 2020 on the site of the old garden tool shed.