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TELL US: Who Makes a Difference in the South End?

Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, Count Us In.

Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance. 

But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, seeks to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place.

Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Count Us In aims to illustrate HPHC's values. They believe that “amazing things happen when people work together” and that is why we want to share stories about just that.

If you know someone who exemplifies being a good neighbor, volunteer or teacher—or someone who has simply helped the community in an inspiring way—please tell us about it in the comments section below. Your local editor will keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about all of the amazing people and stories you share.

We welcome all great stories coming from great people in the community. 

Rayleen Gaudet Nunez October 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I can't think of anyone who has done more for the South End that Father Tim Crellin of St. Stephen's Church. Not only is he the Rector (pastor) who does all the right things for his bilingual, multicultural congregation but he has "grown the church so much that on some Sundays, there is standing room only. He has also visits sick persons, holds wakes and performs funerals and burials for many who have no resources or are not members of the congregation. This at no cost. A bi weekly food patry feeds countless individuals, and an after school program serves 100 children a week,at two sites, while a seven week summer program served 600 children at six sites and employed 110 teens. From a very small Church wondrous works have sprung under Father Tim's direction. The congregation recently raised $375 thousand for repairs and renewals to the Church building. n the past only a tenth of that amount had ever been raised by the congregation alone. Because of Father Tim, the South End is slowy changing. The lessons in self respect are taught in the Sunday School, after-schol and summer programs, reducing teen-violence and keeping youth employed and off the streets. It also exposes young people to Church sponsored trips to Africa, Honduras, Appalachia, the New orleans area and other places, where they have worked to build clinics, schools and houses with Habitat for Humanity. Thank you, Tim, for the love and inspiration you have shared with so many of us. Rayleen

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