Helping the Homeless

Fr. Dick Delisle, M.S., opened
 the event with a blessing

Attleboro and State Agencies Collaborate to Provide Hand Up to Area's Homeless; one stop "shopping" for Attleboro Area homeless and at-risk individuals.

La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA., was a place for Attleboro agencies to collaborate on a common goal–to reach the people who need it most.

People from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Authority (GATRA) and the United Way were just some of the agencies who pooled resources to help Attleboro's homeless Wednesday.

One of the biggest hurdles facing the homeless or at-risk individuals in the Attleboro area is a Massachusetts Identification Card, according to the United Way. Without one individuals can not get into a shelter, nor can they get an apartment or food assistance. Yet it remains a difficult path to navigate.

Volunteers from area companies 
provided direction for those attending.

One problem is most homeless do not have the proper documents, then there is the transportation to get there and finally, the cost. Today the Mass DOT provided assistance and GATRA provided transportation La Salette to the Registry in Attleboro to more than 25 individuals.

It took more than 40 different agencies and more than a dozen companies to come together

The La Salette Welcome Center
overflowing with volunteers.

to provide a one-stop shopping for those in need. One of the main focuses of the event was to provide a" hand up" not a "hand out" to those who need it most, according to Janet Richardi of the United Way.

Father Dick Delisle, M.S., a retired La Salette Missionary who now resides at the shrine, opened the Project Homeless Connect event with a blessing on those who went to the shrine searching for help and on those prepared to give it. He told the crowd of volunteers that he was


Sue Smith, Beth Rossi and Irene

Frechette served up the food to

all who attended the event.

proud of the way that so many came together to host the event and the role that La Salette played.


"We are called to to love God and to love others and everything else will fall into place," he said.

Mayor Kevin Dumas welcomed the opportunity to host the event in Attleboro and thanked Brother Bob at La Salette for the shrine's willingness to host. Dumas also commended  Dianne DePippo of  the United Way for her vision to bring the event, only the fourth of its kind in the state, to Attleboro.


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