WHAT: PRESS RELEASE
STONE SOUP, RISING FROM THE ASHES, KING STREET BLOCK PARTY
WHEN: AUGUST 22, 2009: 4:00-8:00 PM
(Rain Date, August 23, 2009: 4-8pm)
WHERE: STONE SOUP
4 KING STREET, WORCESTER MA
Stone Soup community center is rising from the ashes after a devastating fire destroyed a large portion of the newest organizing and resource center on King Street in the Main South neighborhood. But don’t worry, the groups that called Stone Soup home are still in action, working for justice for former prisoners, organizing for safer and lead free homes, providing a healthy meal to the city’s most marginalized, and opening their doors to all.
The third annual King Street block party this coming weekend is not just a chance to reconnect neighbors and celebrate the end of summer, it is an opportunity to bring the community back together around Stone Soup and the road of rebuilding that is ahead. The block party will feature area organizations and groups, games and activities for children, and also serve as a fundraiser for Stone Soup. Stone Soup brought the community together, the block party is a chance to reconvene and get energized for the rebuilding process ahead. With this community’s support, we will rise from the ashes.
Stone Soup is an organization that opens its doors to the community, to people like Janice Nyamekye, who is a member of the Toxic Soil Busters. For her, “Stone Soup is like a home, I love the smell of the building.” There are many community members and organizers that feel the same way. This is a place where individuals come to feel better, have fun, teach, and learn in a safe and healthy environment, surrounded by kind and giving individuals.
After a long process with the insurance agency, and with the help of community members and organizations, Stone Soup will begin rebuilding soon. The fire tragedy is making Stone Soup stronger than ever. It has united our community; many organizations have come out and given us a helping hand. We have made new friends around the city. The community is excited to get their building back.
Stone soup is planning to rebuild an energy efficient building. Solar panels, deep energy retrofit, a commercial kitchen and much more are among the changes that the building will endure.
This year Stone Soup is uniting the community once again by collaborating with many other organizations in the making of the King Street Block Party. On August 22, 2009, King Street will come alive with area talent and celebration. The block party will be a chance to keep building, keep coming together, and rise up the building that helped to get us here.