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January 2, 2014
Bee’s Knees Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Benefits Paraclete Center
By Deirdra Dostou

Open since April of this year, Bee`s Knees Supply Co. is located at 12 Farnsworth Street and boasts an onsite full-time chef, delicatessen, farmstead cheeses and a robust wine selection. On December  19, the market opened it`s doors to a cause close to South Boston, the Paraclete Center.

Located on E Street, the Paraclete center « provides a rich, successful educational enrichment program in the South Boston community that erases the educational disparity, providing otherwise at-risk children targeted and highly effective academic experiences.

With President Sister Ann Fox currently serving in Rwanada,  former South Boston MOMS Club President Eileen DiMichele was selected to fill the post of Executive Director. At the time a senior manager with Deloitte, DiMichele was ready to make the transition from the corporate to the nonprofit world.

It has been a tremendous effort to take over from somebody who has helped South Boston youth so much and helped lessen the achievement gap. I hope to continue helping the foundation grow on the way that have been achieved by Sister Ann. DiMichele began her involvement with the center as a tutor and later as a mother, meeting with other South Boston mothers to facilitate roundtable discussions about raising children in South Boston.  

The Paraclete is a great program for our youth and the neighborhood.

Explained Jason Owens, Bee’s Knees Supply Co. owner and former owner of American Provisions and Local 149.

Being a South Boston business owner its great to be able to help out this community . Volunteers and parents filled the room as well, from tutors to parents to who explained the tremendous impact these educational opportunities have had on the youth.Tyeesha Thompson, mother to 10year old Jason, explained her son’s educational leaps have been noticeable since he began receiving tutoring help.

The goal was to prepare him to be able to take exams. Now he does advanced work and just received Cum Laude recognition at the Boston Collegiate Charter School. 

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the organization. Explained tutor Stefani Baez, "I love the opportunity to teach and mentor. Being from Boston myself I was excited to work with inner city kids like myself". 

Mt. Washington Bank President Ed Merritt will receive the 2014 Annual Paracelete Award at the annual reception to take place on Wednesday,  February 26, 2014., the center’s major annual benefit. 

Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to the Paraclete Center are encouraged to visit their website at www.paraclete.org or to call (617) 268-5552. 

“We are rooted and grow through our volunteers.” Explained DiMichele.

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