Feed the Belly, Feed the Soul


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CAMBRIDGE – On Saturday, March 24, On the Rise hosted its fifth annual Empty Bowls Project at Puritan and Co., in Inman Square.

On the Rise is a day shelter in Cambridge that helps homeless and formerly-homeless women. They strive to create a community where women can feel safe, build a sense of community and get the resources they need to move out of homelessness.

Those who purchased a ticket for the event were able to select and take home a handmade bowl and had the opportunity to purchase more while enjoying soup donated by local restaurants. All proceeds went to supporting On the Rise.

Dozens of bowls were donated by local potters from Feet of Clay Studio, the Student Art Association at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Indigo Fire Studio. Attendees crowded around the table of bowls, admiring the craftwork as they hunted for their perfect fit.

Because of the growing popularity of the event they hosted the Empty Bowls at two different times, 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. Both waves of the event were wildly popular as locals of all different walks of life with various connections to On the Rise gathered to give their support.

Many in attendance at 11:30 a.m. were fueling up before heading to the 2 p.m. ‘March for Our Lives’ rally in the Boston Common and were happy to be enjoying delicious soup and to be able to support a variety of causes.

Janet is a Cambridge local who has used the supports from On the Rise in the past and came to the Empty Bowls event to give back to an organization that aided her tremendously.

Martha Sandler, the executive director of On the Rise, has been working with On the Rise for over 20 years. Starting out as a volunteer, Sandler has always been passionate about supporting women in need and notes the unfortunate overlap with homeless women and domestic violence, trauma and addiction.

She has a commitment to creating long-term relationships with the women that she works with and firmly believes that, “the help does not just end one the women get housing.” The support that On the Rise provides needs to continue well after a woman is no longer homeless to be able to insure their success and help them keep thriving.

On the Rise is always looking for volunteers and donations. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.ontherise.org/