Wilderness Heals

Thank you for visiting the Wilderness Heals blog. Wilderness Heals is an all-women, three-day annual pledge hike that benefits the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH), a Boston-based emergency shelter, transitional housing program, and therapeutic community that provides services to women and children who are escaping violence and overcoming trauma. By encouraging hikers to set challenging physical, emotional, and financial goals, Wilderness Heals mirrors the experiences of hundreds of women who have sought help from the Stone House. Committing to hike is a way to grow personally while simultaneously standing in solidarity with women of the Stone House and women everywhere who are working to overcome the effects of violence in their lives.
Wilderness Heals 2011 will take place July 15-17, 2011. Registration materials may be downloaded here.
Go here to view the 2011 routes, and visit our Who's Who page to meet this year's team leaders and Recruitment Committee members.
Want to learn more? Visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Still have questions? Contact Erika Whyte, Wilderness Heals event coordinator, at 781-726-0551 or ewhyte@elizabethstone.org.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome, Amy Howard

The women of the Elizabeth Stone House and the Wilderness Heals Hike would like to extend a warm welcome to Amy Howard, the Stone House's new associate director of development and hike coordinator. Amy replaces Danielle Piscatelli, who served in the position for four years before leaving to work at an environmental advocacy agency in downtown Boston.

Dear Wilderness Heals hikers and supporters,

Vicky (and this blog) have provided me with a wonderful opportunity to introduce myself and to hopefully learn more about all of you in return. My name is Amy Howard, and I am the newest member of the Elizabeth Stone House team. As the associate director of development, I will be working with Amanda Green, the development assistant, and the rest of the Stone House--as well as all of you--to plan an absolutely fabulous 2009 Wilderness Heals Hike!

I was born and raised in a small town in Maine. My family has always been deeply involved in social-justice work, and the influence of my parents and two older sisters drove me to pursue an education in social work and a career dedicated to improving the health and lives of women. I graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York, and then went on to pursue my Masters in social work (with a concentration in nonprofit management) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia .

After I finished school, I took a wonderful job working for an international reproductive-health nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., called Catholics for Choice. My New England roots have brought me back to Boston, and I am so excited to be back in the Northeast and to be a part of the Elizabeth Stone House’s amazing work.

I would consider myself a relatively novice hiker, as my first true love has always been modern dance. For the past 18 years, I danced for hours and hours a day before giving up this dream to throw myself completely into social-justice work. In my free time, I have been exploring Boston, searching for a great new yoga studio, and discovering all of the delicious new restaurants in and around the area!

After growing up in the woods of Maine, I am excited to see more hiking areas in New England and to enjoy the changing of the seasons once again. I love exploring new opportunities and new challenges, and I am ready to soak up all that the Hike has to offer while raising much-needed, unrestricted money for the courageous women and families here at the Stone House.

As the primary contact for the Wilderness Heals Hike, I welcome any questions you might have regarding the Elizabeth Stone House, fundraising, and the Hike in general. As someone who is new to both the Stone House and the Hike, I welcome and encourage your feedback. Please call me at 617-427-9801, ext. 415, or e-mail me at ahoward@elizabethstone.org with any thoughts you have.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you in person. Until then, let me take this opportunity to thank all of you who are the volunteers, leaders, and true heart of Wilderness Heals. Your commitment to one another and to the women and families of the Stone House continues to inspire me.


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