Free Showers for homeless individuals are available through a partnership with the Attleboro YMCA and Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative.
Free Lunch: Grab & Go in Attleboro and Norton
June 22 – August 28, 2020
Monday – Friday
No registration or I.D. necessary
June 3, 2020
An Open Letter from the Faith Community
The horrific killing of George Floyd, at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, as he lay handcuffed on the ground is etched in our hearts and minds. It was too much. Across our beloved nation, voices are rising to protest the systemic racial inequities and injustices that plague our lives. Together, the Greater Attleboro Interfaith Network (GAIN) and Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative constructed this response to that tragic event. We offer our deepest sympathy to the Floyd family. Our hearts are broken and we grieve with you over the death of your family member.
As a result of the heinous act, unbridled rage, pain, protests and violence have been unleashed throughout America. We pray for the soul of this nation. While we do not condone violence, we understand that Mr. Floyd’s death symbolizes generations of enduring systemic racism that has claimed many lives and dreams of black and brown persons. We are sorry that protestors are worried that they will be the next George Floyd, Ahmoud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others unjustly lost. Compounding the fear, sadly, black and brown persons experience disproportionately lower access to education, jobs, housing, health care and a higher incidence of excessive force by police. Recent COVID 19 data shows black and brown persons are infected and die at a higher rate than the rest of the population. We mourn all of the more than 100,000 people who died after contracting COVID 19. We grieve with those who are hurting and we share their outrage at the white privilege that is embedded so deeply in our country’s systems.
We condemn racism, bigotry, hatred, and xenophobia. We know that it is not possible to fight our way out of violence, only love can do that. We can’t hate our way out of racism, only love can do that. We can’t answer brutality with brutality, that’s a job for love. Love of ourselves, love of our families, love of our communities, will guide us to find a new way. Because love is the most endurable power in the universe – death is not…
We are committed to seek systemic change in practices and policies to achieve equity and justice for all. Today, we are reaching out to the community. Together, let us reach out to one another, dialogue with each other. Let us comfort one another. Let us find the empathy and love to take action that will end systemic racism. Let us take an action that acknowledges the inequities; let us grieve; let us move forward with an action of love for our neighbor. Let us take an action at the ballot box. Let us take an action to honor life and the right to live in peace and wellbeing. As we press for justice, let us move with dignity and discipline using only the most powerful weapon, the weapon of love.
Beloved, we must start to use our tender hearts that are so broken,
our beautiful minds that are so critical,
and our overwhelming grief to fuel a more excellent way.
Peace and Love,
Reverend Cheryl Harris, President, GAIN
Pastor, First Baptist Church in Attleboro
Sharon Friedman, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Rabbi Leora Abelson, Congregation Agudas Achim
Dr. Umer Akbar, Islamic Center of Greater Attleboro
Julie Boyce, Clerk/Secretary, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Adrianna Clark, Resource Junction Coordinator, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Bertrand Cote, Interfaith Chaplain, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Leslie Courtney, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Taryn Degon, President, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Paul M. Dumouchel, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Jay M. Elias, Vice President, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Rachel Garvin, GAIN
Assistant Treasurer, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Charlie Oliver, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Sarah A. Paquette, Treasurer, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Lisa Piscatelli, Executive Director, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Janet Richardi, GAIN and Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Marcia Smith, Ph.D., Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Ellen Healey Sullivan, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Pamela Tarallo, Food n’ Friends Administrator, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
Reverend Gretchen Weis, Vice President, GAIN
Pastor, Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
Reverend Robin Woods-Barrant, Pastor, John Wesley AME Zion Church
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Tuesday @ 4:30 pmPink-and-Violet-Polka-Dotted-General-Weekly-Schedule-10
Monday – Fridays @ 4:30 pmPink-and-Violet-Polka-Dotted-General-Weekly-Schedule-6
Saturday @ 11:00 amPink-and-Violet-Polka-Dotted-General-Weekly-Schedule-7
Resource Junction is a program of the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative that provides crucial services to support a wide range of human needs, including emergency cash assistance.
We are a nonprofit partner of the Greater Attleboro Stronger Together Fund with additional support from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, helping families and individuals who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 | GET HELP: Basic Needs and Housing
- Fill out a quick, confidential online application.
- Call the office at (508) 222-2933 and leave your name, phone number, and a brief description of your unique need.
- Email the office at office@AttleboroAIC.org and provide your name, phone number, and a brief description of your unique need.
Supporting neighbors in need, the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative coordinates resources and services through community partnerships.
March 24, 2020
Let us begin by expressing our hope that you are well during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. We recognize the service disruptions due to the public health crisis of COVID-19. We also want to assure you that the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative continues to operate in a manner that protects and serves our employees, volunteers, and clients.
While the City of Attleboro closed our office building temporarily, our AAIC staff continues to be at work remotely. Even in light of the Statewide Stay-At-Home Advisory, AAIC / Food n’ Friends is able to stay open (designated as an essential service provider).
We remain committed to ensuring that the needs of our community are met. However, please be aware of the following changes to our programming. All meals are being served “to-go” as noted until further notice:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 4:30pm
First Baptist Church, 118 South Main Street, Attleboro
(drive-thru and walk-up available)
Tuesdays at 4:30pm
First Baptist Church, 52 North Main Street, Mansfield
Wednesdays at 4pm
First Baptist Church, 75 Park Street, North Attleboro
Saturdays at 11am
Centenary United Methodist Church, 15 Sanford Street, Attleboro
- Meals are free and available to all
- We ask that you give ample room alongside your neighbor while you pick up your meal
- If you are not feeling well, please ask a friend / family member / neighbor to pick the meal up for you
- As we are made aware of any schedule changes, they will be posted here (AttleboroAIC.org)
Fundraising remains critical, particularly at this challenging time. If you are able to help us fill the gap from hunger to hope, here is the online donation link: attleboroareainterfaithcollaborative.charityproud.org/Donate
With our program Food n’ Friends celebrating 35 years, we are well aware that food access has always been of concern:
- 1 in 7 children in Bristol County do not reliably have enough food to eat
- 9% of households in Massachusetts face food insecurity
We know this issue of food insecurity has only increased. Our work continues to be essential. We will not lose sight of our mission to alleviate hunger in our local communities. #TogetherWeServe
For those who planned to attend our Easter Sunrise Service, new details will be shared here (AttleboroAIC.org) on how to participate virtually.
In closing, know that we take the responsibility of taking care of our community’s daily living and spiritual needs very seriously. It is our commitment to be there when you need us. If you have any questions, please continue to reach out:
- Food n’ Friends and Resource Junction, contact Adrianna Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Interfaith Chaplain, contact Pastor Bert, email@example.com
For additional information, please visit us online at:
Thank you to the emergency personnel, health workers, community leaders, and hunger helpers for meeting essential needs.
Thank you to the public for doing your part to flatten the curve and to support each other in kind ways.
Yours in faith and fellowship,