Success Stories

*At Bread of Life, we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.

Sondra's Story

The day she became homeless, Sondra immediately went to the Dept. of Transitional Assistance, only to learn that she would have to supply a number of documents in order to receive assistance and shelter. While a friend offered Sondra and her twin toddlers a place to sleep for the night, she was faced with the prospect of not being able to provide food for her children. Her anxiety was only heightened due to one of her son’s fragile health – he had been diagnosed with cancer, and was on a feeding tube.  

With a heavy burden on her shoulders, Sondra wheeled her sons in their big double stroller down to the Bread of Life office, wondering if there was any food available for them. BOL staff and volunteers jumped into action, gathering the grocery items she most needed, like milk, cereal, fruit, meat, pasta, bread, and sandwich fixings, as well as diapers for the boys. Graciously thanking Bread of Life, Sondra was able to sleep a little easier that night, knowing her children were provided for during such a tumultuous time in her life.


I have just returned from Christmas supper and feel ‘full’ both spiritually and physically. The inspiration of all the people who come together to make it possible is deep and powerful. The gift of the beautiful knitted hat and the lovely socks will go with me in my knapsack to the shelter.
-- “Doris,” who ended up homeless after her husband of 31 years died

Warmer, Inside and Out

Last winter, a young dad and his son, about 6 years old, were standing in line at the BOL food pantry in Malden. The boy looked miserably cold in a thin imitation-leather jacket. One of our volunteers overheard the boy say “Dad - I don’t want to sleep outside again tonight.” Stricken by this comment, the volunteer quickly gave the boy her own cap and gloves and she and other volunteers located a winter coat for him from clothing donations. He and his dad left with arms full of groceries – warmer inside and out.


I’ll never forget what it was like to be hungry and in need. That’s why I get a lot out of volunteering at BOL and being able to help others.
— “Sam,” a volunteer who lost his job and then had his house foreclosed on, which left him, his wife, and kids needing groceries.