The Urban Grape’s mission is to create community, memories, and joy through the experience of beverage. One of the many ways in which we do this is through our Urban Community program.
Founded in 2016, Urban Community establishes month-long campaigns with non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods surrounding the South End, with the mission of expanding their outreach, awareness and fundraising efforts. We culminate our month of giving with an open invitation to a community wine tasting event in celebration of the organization. These meaningful partnerships between non-profit organizations, The Urban Grape, and other local businesses are our way of building something meaningful through which all of us can better the communities in which we live.
THIS MONTH’S PARTNER: Haley House
The South End neighborhood is special for so many reasons, one of the most important of which is the way we support each other as neighbors and friends. Our neighborhood is also unique because from those that live in million dollar homes to live-in residents of our local homeless shelters, our urban community strives to be welcoming to all. A South End institution that is vital to this welcoming spirit is Haley House, whose soup kitchen has been located on the corner of Dartmouth and Montgomery streets since 1966, making it one of the oldest homeless service providers in the city.
The Haley House soup kitchen provides a healthy, made-from-scratch breakfast for men of all ages struggling with homelessness six mornings a week , lunch for food-insecure elders three afternoons a week, and a weekly food pantry . For many guests, this is the only real meal they receive each day. The meals are coordinated by the live-in residents of Haley House, as well as volunteers from the neighborhood. Guests are greeted by name and treated with respect, which feeds their souls while their bodies are being given much needed nourishment. The live-in residents of Haley House practice a form of intentional restorative justice help resolve personal disputes among visitors and to infuse every interaction with understanding and kindness.
The soup kitchen has been operating since 1966, and out of its success has grown a variety of important programming, including the Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury, which was first located in the storefront at 23 Dartmouth Street. The café has become well known for its delicious made-from-scratch foods, especially their baked goods, its extensive community programming, and the employment opportunities offered to those with barriers to traditional employment, especially histories of incarceration.
Our exciting two-month partnership with Haley House will focus on many fronts. First, we want to spread the word about the good work of their soup kitchen, and encourage our neighbors and customers to volunteer for a shift serving breakfast to our less fortunate neighbors. We’ll be organizing a group of UG staff to do the same.
Secondly, we want to help you learn more about the two social enterprises of Haley House, both in Roxbury: Haley House Bakery Cafe and Dudley Dough, and their excellent food. To that end, we will be holding three pop-up shops over March and April. This is a chance for you to taste their delicious goods (including their famous empanadas and chocolate chip cookies), as well as learn more about Haley House and meet some of the members of their community.
Lastly, our Cheers to Community wines will provide necessary funds back to the soup kitchen. All you need to do is stop by, purchase these wines, and we will donate 10% back to Haley House. You can also donate directly via this link. Learn more about this spring’s Cheers to Community wines below!
Neighbors helping neighbors. It’s the mission of Urban Community, and we can’t think of a better partner for this spring than Haley House.LEARN MORE
CHEERS TO COMMUNITY: THIS MONTH’S WINES
2015 Landhaus Mayer Gruner Veltliner (Vienna, Austria) – Price $17
Gruner Veltliner is one of the single best take-out wine pairings available on the market, but is still widely underappreciated by the American wine buyers. Luckily, our customers know a good thing when they see it, and we sell a ton of Gruner! Spicy grapefruit aromas beguile, while the palate of the wine has a pleasant acidity and herbal spiciness. It’s lively, refreshing, and pairs so beautifully with food. Enjoy!
2014 Alma Negra “M” Blend (Mendoza, Argentina) – Price $20
Alma Negra means “black soul” because the wines made from the Bonarda grape are so deep in color and intense. These wines are a bit of an enigma, purposefully so, because the winemakers want you to judge what is in your glass on how it tastes, not on a preconceived notion. We can tell you that we love these wines for their deeply spiced aromas and flavors, with dark fruit, coffee, and earthiness, and know you will too!
You can help us support the important work of our partner by stopping by the store to purchase our “Cheers to Community” wines; 10% of the proceeds of these wines will be given to Haley House at the end of the month.
HALEY HOUSE CAFÈ POP-UPS AT UG
Join us for this month’s Urban Community wine tasting!
Join us this Friday night, March 3rd, from 5-8 PM to sample empanadas from the Haley House Café! Additional pop-ups to be announced throughout March and April.
BECOME A PARTNER
Want to partner with Urban Community? Contact us here!