An appearance by The Boston Minstrels can alleviate the agitation, hopelessness and sadness experienced by those who dwell in difficult conditions. A Minstrel Songfest brings individuals together to feel happy, connected, and included, thus giving rise to a sense of having worth in the world, of being loved.
Who we Serve
- Over 40 different homeless shelters and venues in the Greater Boston area
- 2,600 residents in homeless shelters annually
- Incarcerated persons
- Residents of nursing facilities and hospitals
A lot has gone on and hopeless is how I felt and I almost defected. Now [I’m] better and blessed that people take time out of their day to help remind us it is all worth it.
– Dawn, CASPAR, 5/27/16
I was a little bit sad about the death of a friend and the Boston Minstrels helped me get over that and made me smile.
– Joe, CASPAR, 5/27/16
I heard loud singing and guitars playing. I thought it was the radio turned up really loud. They were cheerful, encouraging songs. I came to see 21 people singing with 2 guys playing guitar. I sat down and started to sing along. This group lifted my spirits and I was so happy they came today.
– Sherri, CASPAR, 5/27/16
Tonight was great. We unite together…I feel good. The hot music takes me far away especially to my family. We shared love and respect and I feel strong again.
– Hassan, Shattuck Shelter, 7/19/14
The Minstrels were united and they brought everybody [who’s] homeless in the shelter united. They proved what togetherness means! Everyone felt their meaning. Hope we all see them again. Thank you.
– Anonymous, Shattuck Shelter, 7/19/14
I think the songfest made me feel a need to belong in life and its memories. The songfest brings back the old time of laughter and tears and even special moments to share. I thank you for this special touch in my life of suffering.
– Michael, Shattuck Shelter, 7/19/14