The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England has continued its assistance program for the city’s homeless veterans for the fourth year in a row. This program, which is headed by Cathedral members Hon. Judge Thomas Kaplanes and his spouse Alison, promotes awareness in both the local Greek American Community and beyond.
On the third Monday of each month, the volunteers participating in this program visit the New England Homeless Veterans Shelter, located in downtown Boston, and serve a meal to needy veterans. All expenses are covered by the Cathedral through donations offered by local philanthropists.
Judge Kaplanes is an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court where he presides over both criminal and civil matters. He has been active volunteering and assisting in veterans issues for several years. Alison is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham as well as managing her own private practice. She has a dedicated history of serving the homeless.
On Mon. Feb. 17, 2014, a group of college students led by the Cathedral’s Dean V. Rev. Dr. Cleopas Strongylis visited the shelter and volunteered in the kitchen to serve meals.
GP Note: How refreshing to see this great ministry coming from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Boston with a judge and a group of college students giving of their time to help those less fortunate in their city. This is a great example of stepping outside our comfort zone and giving back.