KIPPY. Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!
Proceeds from the Film will go the the creatives, composers and The Greater Boston Food Bank.
A one-woman theatrical imagining of Kip Tiernan, social justice hero and founder of Rosie's Place, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Healthcare for the Homeless, The Poor People's United Fund, Community Works and many more. Kip was an inspiration to me and countless others. She had a deep passion for music and theatre that we shared.
Written and performed by Gail Phaneuf. This show was filmed and edited in isolation during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.
Kippy Tiernan was a unique and colorful Social Justice Hero in Boston Massachusetts. In 1974 she opened the world renowned Rosie’s Place - the FIRST EVER homeless shelter and sanctuary for women in the United States. In 1978 she started The Greater Boston Food Bank (out of the back of her car) - which has become a hugely important resource over the years and especially during this incredible pandemic. Now, The Greater Food Bank serves over 50 Million Meals a year!
Rosie’s is still one of the most important women’s shelters in the United States and has been used as a model for shelters that work and help feed and shelter women with dignity and LOVE. Many people think that Rosie’s Place was a philanthropic endeavor, but Kippy started it with a meager $250 donated bucks and an urn of coffee in an empty South End storefront. That was at a time when most people had fled the dangerous and filthy South End of Boston.
Kip believed that you should start helping people with a cup of coffee, a hot meal and a safe place to experience humanity and warmth. Her story is deserving of retelling over and over again and her indomitable spirit lives on. She was a true Boston treasure and a savior to those who were forgotten by society. 1926-2011
*approximate running time one hour.
THE POOR PEOPLE'S UNITED FUND
The Publication - Urban Meditations is outcast political theology by two of Boston’s leading advocators, Kip Tiernan and Fran Froehlich. It is a forty-year reflection on life for some in Boston and elsewhere. Self-styled urban ministers, Tiernan and Froehlich have been sheltered by Old South Church for the past 25 years. They run the Poor People’s United Fund, a “spare change” for local neighborhood organizations. They have been feeding and sheltering and advocating access to justice for more than a quarter of a century. Tiernan, Rosie’s Place founder, and also founder of the Greater Boston Food Bank, has – with Froehlich, started several Boston non-profits, including the Poor People’s United Fund, Community Works, The Boston Women’s Fund, and Health Care For the Homeless. Money from the sale of the book – $20.00 (includes postage and handling) – will continue to help them run this economic ministry.