Knitting together help for the homeless

Knitting together help for the homeless

Hats left on Boston Common in small gesture of warmth

THERE ARE GRAND policy plans and programs to serve the homeless – and then there are more direct, small acts of kindness.

Last night, a team of 300 volunteers and city officials, led by Mayor Marty Walsh, hit the streets to conduct Boston’s 38th annual homeless census, an effort to gather information on the homeless population that will inform the coordination and delivery of services to those on the streets.

Benches on Boston Common with hats left for the homeless.

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Michael Jonas

Executive Editor, CommonWealth

About Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing writer for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth's Fall 1999 issue on Boston youth outreach workers was selected for a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston's largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.

About Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing writer for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth's Fall 1999 issue on Boston youth outreach workers was selected for a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston's largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.

This morning, two benches along the Boston Common walkway from Park Street Station to the State House offered very immediate and tangible help to those spending their days and nights out the cold. Three hand-knitted hats stood on the bench support posts, with a note attached to each reading, “I am not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me.”

In the only hint of who was responsible, the notes were signed “V” – followed by a smiley face.

Bostonians are sometimes pegged as a brusque and unfriendly lot. One kind knitter is making a statement otherwise.