Back in August of this year, BOSS received a very special inquiry and invitation from the wonderful local children’s hands-on discovery museum, Habitot:

“In December, here at Habitot Children’s Museum we build a giant real-baked gingerbread house and have guests (including our little ones!) decorate it with real candy. It becomes a wonderful masterpiece! We are emailing to ask if you would like Habitot to donate our gingerbread house for you to put on display for your families. Please let us know if you’re interested– we know it’s a long ways out, but we want to make sure it gets put to good use!

Of course we would!!

So on December 14th, Habitot hosted its annual community gingerbread house-making party, attended by 107 visitors. In total, 50 children worked on the house!

Habitot staff then delivered the house to Ursula Sherman Village on Tuesday December 17th, where it is brightening the day of all Village residents – children and teens of all ages and the adults as well!

Ursula Sherman Village provides temporary shelter and housing to 100 people every night, both single adults and families with children. The Village also provides two meals a day, laundry facilities, a unique Children’s Learning Center (after-school program), gardens, playground, and support services to help people find and move into permanent housing.

With extensive support from our community – groups as well as individual donors and volunteers – BOSS strives to give all Village residents festive and memorable holidays despite their current struggles, and this gingerbread house will go a long way in making that happen!

Said Sabrina Chamberlain, Family Programs Coordinator at Habitot, “I’m so glad that Habitot was able to donate our gingerbread house to BOSS and I hope that the families you serve will enjoy having it!”

Thank you Habitot, and to all the kids and families who worked on the gingerbread house – we are so grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity, and wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

To donate to BOSS programs that help homeless families and individuals get off the streets and find permanent housing, click here.

To volunteer at the Children’s Learning Center (open M-F, 5-8 pm), contact Sonja Fitz at