Vinfen’s Webster House hosted a Grand Opening and Gallery Reception on October 18 at their new location in Roslindale, MA. Dozens of members, staff, friends, and supporters came together for the event, which also celebrated the opening of Webster Gallery’s newest exhibit, Unity.
Clubhouse Director Maggie Mahoney welcomed all those in attendance and thanked members and staff for their hard work in facilitating the move this summer. She also recognized the Roslindale community for their inclusivity. “We were the new kid on the block, and I have to say we received an incredibly friendly welcome,” Maggie said.
Clubhouse member Vinny also spoke at the event, proclaiming that while the move to a new location first made him nervous, the club now feels like home. Vinfen President and CEO Bruce Bird and Department of Mental Health Area Director Patti Kenny also spoke at the event, commending the cooperation between staff, members, and supporters that allowed the transition to go so smoothly.
Finally, Clubhouse member Emmett Bridgewaters shared that while the move to Roslindale at first had him apprehensive, he now feels it was “a homecoming of sorts.” He told those in attendance, “Webster House took my ‘I can’t’ and redirected it to where I’m able to say, ‘I can.’”
The event culminated with a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony and refreshments as guests perused the gallery space. Webster’s newest exhibition, Unity, features paintings, drawings, mixed media works, pottery, and sculptures by Webster House artists. It will remain open through November 17.
To learn more about Webster House, visit https://www.websterclubhouse.org/.