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Review for Shelter Music Boston, Arlington, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Shelter Music Boston founder Julie Leven had the profoundly moving idea of bringing classical chamber music concerts to Boston homeless shelters. It has been an honor to be in on the ground floor as a Board Member and help extend the reach of this healing music. Julie brings years of experience as a top-flight professional musician and dedicated teacher to this larger community endeavor. She includes other talented Boston area musicians, who month after month, return and befriend the shelter guests.

Like any start-up, the work and growth have been exponential. Surpassing the 100 concert mark this year was a real milestone and a credit to the staying power of this organization.

Julie says it best: For the homeless, an interactive, respectful concert bringing the therapeutic power of classical music directly into the shelter can provide hope, a sense of self-worth, and renewed energy to address the challenges of homelessness. Just as others work to shelter and feed homeless citizens, Shelter Music Boston feeds their souls.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the Board to increase the donor and talent base. Acquire an administrative assistant or other support staff to share the workload. Increase the volunteer roster so many can contribute. The concept and delivery are so meaningful, that the best change I can suggest would be to grow!

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Role:  Board Member