Events and Photos

After recently completing her junior year at Gonzaga University (Washington), Breda's sister Molly paid us a visit. In true Zag spirit, Molly scored a 3-pointer: she taught two adult classes, she tutored our after-school kids, and she welcomed the opportunity to experience the joy Breda has felt this year!
Casserly House Spring 2017 Newsletter is Published
Our hardcopy spring newsletter has been published and is in the mail delivery process.  For an electronic version of the newsletter, download here:

Announcing Position Opening:  Director Casserly House
Sister Nancy Braceland will be retiring as Director of Casserly House effective this summer. We have recently begun the process to find/hire a new director. If you, or anyone you may know, is interested in applying, attached is the position description:​​

Immigrants' Day at the State House
Today, we were able to spend another incredible morning at the Massachusetts State House for their annual Immigrants' Day event. We heard from political leaders in the state who enforced the dreams of MIRA and the Safe Communities Act to make Massachusetts the first Sanctuary State. After spending some time in Representative Liz Malia's office, one of our own students was interviewed by MIRA.

Highland Street Foundation Awards Another Grant to Casserly House
For the ninth consecutive year the Highland Street Foundation has awarded a grant to Casserly House. We would like to recognize and thank Holly and David Bruce of the Highland Street Foundation for making this donation possible. We are so appreciative of the ongoing support Highland Street Foundation has shown!

Tea Party
Casserly House After-School girls celebrated Valentine's Day with the annual Tea Party. Police Officers Nora and Nicole helped host the event. The young girls were able to share in conversations about being a girl, confidence, and what they dream of for their furtures over cups of tea!
STEAM Club Visit
Yesterday two members of the STEAM Club from the Archdale Community Center, Junie and Hector, stopped by After-School. Each kid was able to make a vinyl sticker from an image of their choice with a machine brought by the club members. They also got to make pipe-cleaner ninjas. What a fun afternoon!
Chinese New Year at the Vietnamese Temple
A former Casserly House student and Buddhist monk, Thai, gave our morning students a tour of the Vietnamese Temple in Roslindale. Everyone had a great time sharing in the culture and celebrating the Chinese New Year!
After-School Book Club
Police Officers Nora and Nicole came to Casserly House to host the first book club of 2017. The kids had a great time reading the Magic Tree House series!

January 10:  Advisory Board Meeting
We had another very productive board meeting where we continued the process of developing a 5-year plan and succession plan.  Casserly House is planned to continue to function with its existing leadership/staffing structure (Director, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Ignatian Volunteer Corps, and volunteer teachers). It is felt that this structure will be sustainable and that it will support continuation of our mission and objectives. The role and responsibilities of the Director of Casserly House were discussed, with a view toward developing and implementing an effective succession plan.

Adult Student Christmas Gathering
Our adult students shared in a Christmas gathering of peace, joy and love. We celebrated with arts & crafts, song, and delicious native foods. Santa stopped by to join the fun!
After-School Christmas Party
Our After-School students were able to celebrate Christmas together at our annual prayer gathering. Jingle bells and song filled the house, and Santa came to visit everyone at the party! 
Thanksgiving Luncheon at the State House
We were so grateful to be once again invited to the MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) Thanksgiving Luncheon. A group of our morning students enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal for lunch in the Massachusetts State House, and listened to stories shared on immigration.
Fontbonne Ducks in Service
Students from Fontbonne Academy visited Casserly House this morning on their annual "Ducks in Service Day." The adult students all enjoyed lessons taught on money! We are grateful to be included in this service day for Fontbonne juniors!
Regis College Halloween Party
Once again Regis College hosted a successful Halloween party this year! Our After-School kids and a few morning adult students were able to enjoy games, dancing, crafts and a lot of candy at the college campus the Friday before Halloween.

Corrib Charitable Trust Again Donates to Support Summer Camp
For the fifth consecutive year, Casserly House has received a donation from the Corrib Charitable Trust for our summer educational camp.  In recent years the trust has donated more than $1 million dollars to local nonprofit youth programs.  The funds are raised primarily through their annual June 5K road race in West Roxbury.  Corrib Pubs are located in West Roxbury, Brighton, and Brookline.  Casserly House appreciates and thanks Martin Bligh and the Corrib Charitable Trust for their support!

October 6: Andrea Miller Teaches Nutrition
Guest teacher and fellow Roslindale neighbor, Andrea Miller, taught lessons on nutrition to all of our morning students today.  The students enjoyed hearing about how to live a healthy lifestyle, and the snacks were delicious!
October 4:  Prayer Session for Hurricane Matthew Families & Friends in Haiti
Since many of our adult students are from Haiti, yesterday we held a brief prayer session for the safety of family and friends in Haiti as they experience Hurricane Matthew. We continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as the effects of the storm become known.
September 27:  Casserly House Student Achieves US Citizenship
Congratulations to new US citizen Paula (from Haiti). Paula has been a long-term Adult Literacy student at Casserly House. She studied very hard for this achievement. We are proud to have accompanied her on this journey!
September 26:  Conversation on Bullying with BPD
Deputy Supt. Nora Baston and Police Officer Nicole Grant came to Casserly House to lead a discussion on bullying with our After-School kids.  The children were able to learn more about the effects of bullying from two of their role-models in the police force.
September 9:  Ignatian Volunteer Corps Commissioning
Our Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) staff members, Mary Beth O'Sullivan and Jim McCarthy, were commissioned today for the 2016/2017 year at St. Ignatius church on the Boston College campus. Our new Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), Breda Bosch, had the opportunity to attend the Mass and commissioning ceremony and luncheon.
September 9:  Casserly House Welcomes New Staff Members!
Casserly House welcomes Breda Bosch and Mary Beth O'Sullivan to our staff for the new school year. Breda is a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and is serving as our Coordinator of the After-School Program. Breda is a 2016 graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Mary Beth is a UMASS Amherst graduate and is a three-year member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC). Jim McCarthy returns for an eighth year to Casserly House and the IVC.  Sister Nancy, Breda, Mary Beth, and Jim, and our many volunteer teachers and tutors are looking forward to continuing our welcoming presence in the Roslindale neighborhood.

August 25:  Hot Dog Social
We had close to 100 neighbors, students, volunteers and friends in attendance at yesterday's Hot Dog Social. It was fun to welcome community role models Tim McCarthy, Liz Malia, Michelle Wu, and Daniel Murphy to Casserly House! Thank you to all of those that came out and made our last Hot Dog Social of the summer a success!

August 1: National Night Out 
At last night's National Night Out Event in Roslindale Square, S. Nancy and Casserly House were awarded with the "Top Crime Watch Group of the Year" award by the Neighborhood Watch Unit of the Boston Police Department!! Thank you to the BPD for this recognition, and for the facilitation of important events such as National Night Out.

July 26: Thank you and Goodbye to our Jesuit Volunteer Laura Goslee
The Casserly House community said goodbye and thank you to our 2015-2016 Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), Laura Goslee from the Oakland, CA area.  Both our Adult Literacy students and our after-school students appreciated her positive spirit and willingness to contribute wherever needed.  Laura helped increase the Casserly House social media presence, and worked with our Boston Police Department partners to introduce new after-school programs such as Stranger Danger and The Book Club. We will miss Laura and we wish her well in her future endeavors!

 July 7:  Casserly House Student Achieves US Citizenship
Congratulations to new US citizen Hawa (from Guinea, West Africa). Hawa has been a long-term Adult Literacy student at Casserly House, and has been a role model for sheer determination and resiliency. She worked very hard for this achievement. We are proud to have accompanied her on this journey!

Follow this link to the Boston Herald's article all about Hawa's story:

June 27-July 8: Casserly House Summer Learning Camp

What a fun, busy two weeks this year's summer camp was! Our campers learned all about the environment and the human body during these weeks of hands-on learning, exploring, reading and playing. Thank you to all of our donors, reading teachers, the Boston Police Department, S. Annie Kaufmann, and all those who helped us put on this important event. The campers of Casserly House are grateful! 

June 5: Annual Driveway Picnic 
Gratitude to everyone who made our annual picnic such a success.  Despite the threatening rain, we had a great turn-out. Special thanks to all of our students who brought delicious food for the table and Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston for joining the festivities! 

May 25: Trip to Castle Island
We had a great time at Castle Island with our Adult Literacy students today! Walks along the water and ice cream from Sullivan's...what could be better!?

May 18: Roslindale Adult Literacy Recognition Day 

Our ESOL students and staff were privileged to attend the Roslindale ESOL Adult Learner Recognition Day, where our teacher Marsha and students Hawa and Bibiana were honored. Marsha has been a teacher with us for four years and will be leaving us this week. We will miss her greatly. Hawa and Bibiana were honored for their persistence and resilience in their journeys as immigrant women.  Additionally, S. Nancy was surprised with an award highlighting her value in the Roslindale community! Happy Day for the Casserly House community!

May 10: Stranger Danger Workshop 
Officers Nora and Nicole joined us Tuesday for a workshop about safety with strangers. It was an informative, practical, interactive workshop. Thank you!

May 3: Police Recruits visit the after-school program
Thanks to recruits from class #55-15 of the Boston Police Department for joining us for a afternoon of homework! These forthcoming leaders in our community quickly bonded with the students. Thank you for joining us! 

May 3:  Casserly House Spring Advisory Board Meeting
We had another very productive board meeting where we continued the process of developing a 5-year plan and succession plan. A recent consultant report and congregation feedback were reviewed.  The board consensus continues to be to remain in our current Roslindale neighborhood.  Options for what the management structure for Casserly House might look like in the future were also reviewed and discussed.

April 25-28: Goodbye and see you later to our 4Boston Volunteers

This week we said goodbye to our 4Boston Boston College volunteers, which is never fun. We are grateful for their time and effort in making both the morning and after-school programs the best they can be. Thank you, 4Boston! Please join us in praying for them as they graduate, study abroad, prepare for the end of the school year...and return to us in Fall 2016!

April 12: STEAM Club at the After-School Program
Members of the Archdale Community Center's STEAM club brought Ozobots, powerful tiny robots that expand STEM learning through game based activities and computer games! The kids were fascinated by the tiny robots, and the STEAM club was generous enough to gift us with one Ozobot to keep! Thanks to the Archdale Community Center for this awesome afternoon. 

April 12:  Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Visits Casserly House
​Mayor Marty Walsh visited to learn more about what we do at Casserly House and to meet our adult students and neighbors and listen to their immigrant stories.  He assured them that the Boston City Council and he as mayor passed the Boston Trust Act which helps protect immigrants. He assured them that he supports comprehensive immigration reform and that he also supports adding much-needed kindergarten seats and the $15 per hour minimum wage initiative. The mayor thanked Casserly House for its efforts supporting immigrants, and assured us that we could count on his support.

April 11: Immigrant Day at the State House
We were privileged to attend Immigrant Day at the State House. Orgranized by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the day was filled with testimony from immigrants, music, and speakers. We were especially lucky to visit State Representative Liz Malia in her office and speak with her about upcoming legislature! We are grateful to MIRA and State Rep. Malia for their work in bettering Boston and Massachusetts for all of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters!

April 7: Peace Rally at Roxbury Community College
After-Schooler Lens won SECOND place in the city-wide Anti-Violence poster contest put on by the Boston Police Department!! There was a wonderful Peace Rally at the Reggie Lewis Center to acknowledge the kids from all age groups who created art with anti-violence messages. We are very proud of and excited for Lens. Here are some of his many supporters--including Governor Charlie Baker!!! Thanks to the BPD, our friends State Representative Liz Malia, DA Dan Conley, and Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston for their support!

March 23:  Easter Prayer Service

We enjoyed our Easter Prayer Service, sharing the light in our lives as well as hunting for Easter Eggs! Thanks to all who joined us for this event, especially BPD Officer Nora Baston, Fr. Doc Conway, and Kerry Ryan! We are grateful at this Easter Season.