Women’s Lunch Place
Linda Burston has been the support coordinator at the Women’s Lunch Place for the past 14 years. In this role, she counsels and supports homeless and poor women. Linda helps to manage the shelter floor, providing guidance to other staff and volunteers and helping to create a welcoming atmosphere for guests. She helps the women get off the streets, increase their self-confidence and develop independence. Linda struggled with homelessness and addiction herself, and turned her life around through the help of Women’s Lunch Place. Now, Linda has made extraordinary contributions to the Greater Boston community. At the Women’s Lunch Place, she helps women recover from poverty, substance abuse, and homelessness.
About Women’s Lunch Place
The Women’s Lunch Place provides meals, shelter and essential services for homeless and poor women during the day, when many overnight shelters are closed. They create a safe, comfortable environment for over 1,000 vulnerable women each year, providing a refuge from the isolation and instability they face on the streets. The shelter offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches, shower and laundry facilities, a nap room, a library, art therapy, a job-readiness program and other resources for women to improve their quality of life and restore their self-worth. Women who struggle with mental illness, substance abuse and other serious challenges may seek help from the Women’s Lunch Place over the course of years. The shelter accepts each woman without judgment, regardless of her circumstances, and helps to meet her specific needs while honoring her dignity.