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Women’s Giving Circle recognizes House of Peace & Education, Inc. at fall meeting

Published: 1/10/2019 11:21:42 AM
Modified: 1/10/2019 11:21:53 AM

GARDNER — The Woman’s Giving Circle held its fall meeting recently at the Acadian Club in Gardner, sponsored by Gardner Ten Pin. At this meeting, the House of Peace & Education, Inc. was chosen as the quarter’s recipient of donations.

Total donations received in HOPE’s name to the Women’s Giving Circle total $6,350.

HOPE was founded by four Catholic sisters, members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. HOPE opened its doors in the summer of 1996 following two years of careful needs assessment in the Greater Gardner area. Sisters Helen Catherine Shine and Nancy Welsh brought their extensive experience and strong network of friends, products of over a quarter century of service in this small once-industrial city in which the Sisters of St. Joseph had served since the mid 1920s. Sisters Mary Frances Honnen and Maxyne Schneider brought from service elsewhere their backgrounds that included grant writing, planning and administration. All brought educational and pastoral experience to what was to become the HOPE mission: counteracting violence, one of the region’s leading public health threats, through education, mentoring, leadership training and the fostering of spiritual values.

For more information on HOPE, visit

Since its inception in 2014, the Women’s Giving Circle has raised and donated nearly $115,000 to local non-profits throughout the North Central and North Quabbin regions.

For those who were unable to attend but wish to donate, make checks out to HOPE and mail it to: Christyne Butilier, 229 Parker Street, PO Box 468, Gardner, MA 01440.

The Women’s Giving Circle meets quarterly at evening networking meetings where the needs of the community will be discussed. Collectively, the group determines where the most critical need lies and how to invest resources in hopes of creating the greatest impact community-wide.

If you are interested in learning more about the Women’s Giving Circle, please contact Christyne Butilier by phone at (978) 632-2542 x1114 or email at

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