On Tuesdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia social media posts. Today’s South End Trivia post read:
“Name the woman who established a soup kitchen on Dartmouth St. & helped found Rosie’s Place.”
Did you know the answer? Kathe McKenna!
Here is a selection from Kathe McKenna’s profile in the book: “Kathe McKenna arrived in Boston in the mid-1960s to work with College Young Christian Students, a liberal Catholic student group. McKenna wanted to open a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality to help homeless men, and mutual friends introduced her to the like-minded John McKenna. The two visited realtor Betty Gibson, who helped them find a basement apartment on Upton Street. John and Kathe married and began working toward their common mission by allowing homeless men to sleep in their living room and offering them a meal. Their experiment grew, and the following year, a gift from a friend helped them purchase a row house at 23 Dartmouth Street.” This project turned into Haley House.