To: Citizens of Roxbury and Boston

Support Discover Roxbury and Haley House at the Ferdinand in Dudley Square!

"We foster cultural equity so that Roxbury’s rich heritage and vibrant present become an integral part of Boston’s cultural landscape." and "We believe in food with purpose and the power of community." Not only powerful words, but also the creed by which Discover Roxbury and Haley House respectively live, breathe and vitally contribute to Roxbury and Boston every day! Please support this effort now.

Why is this important?

Two thoughts: "We foster cultural equity so that Roxbury’s rich heritage and vibrant present become an integral part of Boston’s cultural landscape." and "We believe in food with purpose and the power of community." Not only powerful words, but also the creed by which Discover Roxbury and Haley House respectively live, breathe and vitally contribute to Roxbury and Boston every day!

To continue this work, Discover Roxbury and Haley House have submitted proposals for retail space in the new Dudley Square Municipal Building/Ferdinand Building at 2300 Washington Street in the heart of Dudley Square. Competition is strong and we need your support to create a new space in Roxbury that will build upon and strengthen our community. Let’s show the city and the rest of Boston our strong support for Discover Roxbury and Haley House at Dudley! Sign below and share with neighbors and friends.

Together with Discover Roxbury and Haley House, the community has the opportunity to create the space so many of us have dreamed of for so long - a space to gather and work together to continue to build a community-based vision of the future of Roxbury that builds upon its rich history and culture. As strong community partners, both Discover Roxbury and Haley House have proven time and time again their deep commitment to the people of Roxbury.

Discover Roxbury provides a platform where the existing talents of Roxbury are made central to the understanding and appreciation of the community, and where residents and visitors can partake in authentic neighborhood-based experiences. At the Ferdinand, Discover Roxbury will create a welcoming environment with interactive programming and spaces that include: gallery openings and exhibitions; retail highlighting local entrepreneurs that changes seasonally; musical and theatrical performances by local groups; and shared office space/public work-bar for entrepreneurs. Discover Roxbury is well positioned to bridge the knowledge and interaction gaps between commuters, visitors, and residents as a welcoming hub representing the vibrant history and culture of Roxbury.

Haley House, long known for their innovative solutions to social injustice, will bring their organic wholewheat pizza dough - smothered in all things good for you - to the Ferdinand Building. Their shop will also feature the whole range of coffee drinks - all prepared with fairly traded, organic coffee from Equal Exchange. Daily, made from scratch soups and salads will be topped off by Haley House’s renowned baked goods. Haley House seeks ways to serve the community’s health while it promotes economic justice.

Working together, Discover Roxbury and Haley House will create a space that meets the desires of the city and the community in creating a vibrant presence in the square from early-morning coffee right on through the evening and weekend hours.

Our current community partners deserve our support as we work together to build the future of Roxbury.

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Reasons for signing

  • These two organizations represent the best of Roxbury's past, present, and future, and should have been at the top of the list for the Ferdinand!
  • Both of these outstanding organizations deserve and are needed at the Ferdinand in Dudley Square. It will be a big mistake not to include them where they most certainly belong and will enhance!D
  • Haley House is a welcoming space with tasty food & coffee! Community development should support businesses like Haley House - who include job training - rather than gentrifying with businesses from outside the neighborhood.