SHE Network is a warm, compassionate and highly collaborative group of women who volunteer their skills, talents and resources to empower those in need in our community.
Sonja Grondstra - Founder
Fiona Minney - Chair
Jennifer Lunt - Secretary
Maribeth Forbes - Treasurer
Loren Weston - Client Liaison Director
SHE Network helps clients in three major ways:
Gift of Empowerment: Our highest level of assistance involving a written application and initial conversation over coffee to get to know our clients. The Board then reviews the ways SHE Network is able to offer support.
Random Act of Kindness: A gesture of support, such as a bouquet of flowers or gift certificate, allocated on a monthly basis to a woman in our community in need of a pick-me-up.
Holiday Appeal: Our only annual fundraising appeal to our community raising funds for our ongoing assistance and empowerment activities, as well as providing unsolicited holiday gifts for our clients.
The feedback from our clients illustrates the positive impact SHE's emotional support, professional advice, referrals and practical assistance has on the women we assist.
Here's what some of our clients say about how SHE has empowered them:
“Thank you for taking the time to come meet me in person and listen to my story. After you left, I felt encouraged to keep brainstorming for a strategy to get back into school... Thank you again.” Emotional support for woman suffering from anxiety after serious illness - Peabody MA.
“I … wanted to take a moment to say thank you. I have attached a few of the receipts for purchases I have made to secure my house... Thank you again!” Urgent financial assistance to SHE client in abusive, domestic relationship to install security measures at the family home.
“I truly appreciate all that you have done. It may seem small to you guys but please know that the ripple effect, not just of the help, but also the positivity and good momentum that comes with good news – ripples on far past the point where you guys can see it.” Emotional support, referral for fuel aid and donation of household appliance for woman moving to new rental housing at short notice - Beverly MA.
“I'm so grateful! I so appreciate this... Thank you, thank you, thank you!!” Pro bono, professional legal consultation for woman dealing with upcoming court hearing.
“What wonderful news you have! Thank you so much! Your words brought tears to my eyes: I hate the situation I am in, I try to find the positives, thanks to you and the SHE board I do feel like I will be okay, someday and hopefully soon.” Assistance with final car payment for single, full-time working mother of three - Swampscott MA.