St. Paul’s Community ‘Charlie Card’ Collection Raises $5,000

October 26, 2023
Rev. Chris Wendell of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Bedford’s HHS Director Heidi Porter distributed Charlie Cards to every family currently being sheltered at the Bedford Plaza Hotel. Courtesy photo

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church thanks everyone from the wider Bedford community who donated to the community “Charlie Card” Collection during the past three weeks. 

The church reports, “With your help, we have reached our goal of $5,000 — enough to purchase a $50 Charlie Card T-Pass for every family currently being sheltered in the Bedford Plaza Hotel.”

On Thursday, Oct. 26, Heidi Porter, Director of Health and Human Services for the Town of Bedford, and Rev. Chris Wendell from St. Paul’s Church, participated in a community meeting with residents at the hotel and distributed the Charlie Cards to each household. 

Having access to the T empowers these residents of Bedford to more fully access services and recreational opportunities both in Bedford and throughout greater Boston. 

The church report says, “While we remain hopeful (and persistent!) in our belief that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will eventually provide free T access for everyone whom it is sheltering in local motels, your generosity has helped make T access available much sooner for those in Bedford.

“On behalf of St. Paul’s vestry and parishioners, we are so grateful to the wider community for joining us in this effort. In addition to our own parishioner contributions, we received many gifts from individuals beyond the St. Paul’s community who just wanted to help. We also had great support from the other houses of worship in town, and even from some in neighboring towns, too. This has warmed our hearts and filled us with gratitude. It was a true community effort.”

The report closes with, “So often the world’s divisions disappoint us and fill us with pain. What a blessing it is to see our community here in Bedford come together once again to take care of neighbors in need. Thank you to all who participated!” 

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