Local restaurants offer meals at On The Rise


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Lunches for homeless women have been special this week

Lunches for homeless offered at On The Rise

This has been a week of stand-out lunches at On The Rise, Inc., the day program for homeless women at 341 Broadway. Meals provided by volunteers on weekdays are a mainstay of the program, and this week several local restaurants came together in support of that operation. They have been bringing in selections from their menus--not normally an option for the women seeking assistance at On The Rise.

The participating businesses have all been significant supporters of On The Rise in the past. They include:

--Trina’s Starlite Lounge, in Inman Square. Co-owner Josh Childs does volunteer handiwork at the program’s roomy Victorian site, and has been involved in previous benefit activities. Trina’s specializes in American comfort food (illustration) like chicken & waffles and cornbread. 

--West Bridge, located in Kendall Square. Co-owner Alexis Gelburd Kimler led a volunteer clean-up day and provided lunch at On The Rise’s home base last month. West Bridge cuisine is French-New England fusion.

--State Park, in Kendall Square, whose co-owner Rachel Miller Munzer has provided turkeys for On The Rise holiday meals as well as silent auction items for fund-raisers. The State Park menu features Southern fare.

--1369 Coffee Houses of Inman Square and Central Square. The 1369s are neighborhood hangouts, with walls lined with work by local artists. Owner Josh Gerber, and the previous owner–his uncle, Gerry Wolf–have both served on the board at On The Rise and contributed to many benefits.

--Eastern Standard of Kenmore Square in Boston. General manager Andrew Holden has donated food for previous events and hosted benefits at the restaurant, which offers modern New England and American brasserie fare. (Photo: Eastern Standard staff on the job)

The donated meals have been a highlight in the week's operations. Services at On The Rise cover a wide range; some of the women face domestic abuse, and they are seeking a safe place to spend the day. Some may need a shower, seasonal clothing, a chance to use a phone or send an email, or simply a welcome in a community that accepts them as they are. Still others face addiction, mental and physical health issues, or legal problems; here they can find professional advocacy and assistance from licensed social workers. For everybody involved, a special meal is a treat to be remembered.