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For political junkies. Come see how the conservative and liberal wings of the U.S. Congress have evolved since the beginning of the nation with Poole and Rosenthal’s DW-NOMINATE scores for Congress put into movie form.
Cross-posted at the BU Roosevelt Blog:
April’s version of BU Roosevelt’s community service program, BU Roosevelt Gives Back, featured Roosevelters partaking in a yearly spring tradition – BU’s Day of Service. This year, the Day of Service, run by BU’s Community Service Center, was expanded to include alumni across the country and around the world, marking the first Global Day of Service.
BU Roosevelters originally planned to head over to the Emerald Necklace Conservency to tackle invasive species of plants in the warm spring sun. A long rainstorm cancelled that site, and BU Roosevelt ended up heading out to Dudley Square’s Haley House Cafe and Bakery to help clean and restock.
Haley House is a soup kitchen, with their cafe and bakery added on in Dudley Square in order to train under-employed women and men from the local neighborhood.
Haley House Bakery Café offers food that embraces cultural diversity and healthy living. We choose foods and recipes that are low in fat and high in nutrients while paying homage to the rich culinary traditions around us. And we support sustainable agriculture, buying organic whenever possible and accepting local organic produce from Haley House’s Noonday Farm and The Food Project in Roxbury and Dorchester. We also serve fairly traded coffee and cocoa from Equal Exchange. And of course we recycle!
And what about economic sustainability for those working toward independence? Through our bakery-training program, at least 10 under-employed, low-income women and men each year engage in a six-month training program. While being paid, these trainees (along with our trainers) prepare topnotch food for both our café and wholesale bakery. Once the trainees have successfully completed the program, we help them get jobs.
BU Roosevelters cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom as well as organized the front of the store, restocked the shelves, and inventoried the tea. In discussing their “homeless” cookies, the organizers of the Cafe and Bakery mentioned that they would love to get an in at BU to sell their cookies on campus. Hopefully, some strings will be able to be pulled with our beloved Dean of Students to make that hope become a reality.
BU Roosevelt looks forward to revisiting Haley House Cafe and Bakery as customers for our end of the year EBoard get together. It’s only a short ride away on the 47 bus, go check it out!