Joan Whitaker

Joan Whitaker has been at First Church Shelter since it opened and has always anchored the Friday overnight shift. With a background in non-profit management, she handled all the shelter's finances, managed the state contract and worked collaboratively with several Church Treasurers to ensure the accountability required with public funding. She has been part of the rich activist life in the Church basement that housed many community groups working on justice issues. Through contact with them she has been a part of the Sister City Project in Palestine and Cambridge and part of a human rights delegation to Chiapas called by the Zapatistas. Jim Stewart may not recall with fondness how he received a call from the Laccandon jungle and the State Department asking him about her whereabouts! Joan is actively involved in social and economic justice work with the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, the American Friends Service Committee, the Group School and—her day job—Boston's community action agency, ABCD.

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