Mansfield nonprofit finds new home in local church


MANSFIELD – Less than two months were left before the West Side Benevolent Circle had to leave the space where it organizes and stores donations for Mansfield residents in need, and it had nowhere to go.

“I was definitely in panic mode,” said West Side President Dawn Saba.

Then, on April 8, Saba received an email from Trey Faull, Associate Minister at CrossPointe Church, offering a possible space in the church.

West Side, a Mansfield nonprofit helping local families, was due to vacate its space at Schneider Electric in Foxborough by the end of May. The company had provided the West Side with free space for 15 years, but is now leaving that property. Schneider informed the West Side last spring as the pandemic began.

Between running a summer meal program and distributing annual holiday gifts in 2020, the Saba and West Side volunteers searched for a new location without success.

The West Side Benevolent Circle now rents space at CrossPointe Church which includes an office, a pantry for the distribution of summer meals and two storage rooms - one for clothes and the other for toys and toys. games.

CrossPointe learned about the West Side’s space quest through a item on the Journal News Independent / Wicked Local website, CrossPointe Minister Shan Wood said.

“It was a no-brainer,” Wood said of the decision to donate a space on the West Side.

The West Side Benevolent Circle now rents space at CrossPointe Church which includes an office, a pantry for the distribution of summer meals, and two storage rooms - one for clothes and the other for toys and toys. games.

Saba and new West Side Vice President Marie Smith met Wood and Faull in mid-April.

“The feeling Marie and I had when we walked in was so positive,” she said.

CrossPointe has been located on Edgewood Street next to Rt. 140 for almost 30 years. They have 17,000 square feet of space in a former jewelry manufacturing building. The space includes a sanctuary, a multipurpose room, offices and classrooms. The church gave the West Side a space it was not using.

West Side now rents approximately 2,000 square feet year to year. The space includes several rooms – an office, a pantry for the distribution of summer meals and two storage rooms – one for clothes and the other for toys and games.

“It’s so exciting,” Saba said. “It was a blessing. It scared me for a while to think about what to do if we had nowhere to go.

Wood said the church is planning to turn its communion hall into a distribution center for the annual West Side Christmas gift drive and is eagerly waiting for members of the CrossPointe congregation to get involved on the West Side.

“We’re really excited,” Wood said.

CrossPointe’s community service includes volunteering at the Mansfield Food Pantry, collecting donations for Birthright of Taunton, and donating Christmas gifts for the children of clients of the North Cottage Residential Addiction Program in Norton.

Wood and Faull were unfamiliar with West Side and its work, and Saba said she was unfamiliar with CrossPointe.

Wood said he was particularly impressed with the nonprofit’s long history of serving the community and its relationships with local government, businesses and other organizations.

The all-volunteer organization has been helping families in Mansfield since 1890. Throughout the year, West Side helps residents by providing funds for medical bills, fuel costs, rent and car repairs. , as well as furniture, clothing, food and school supplies. and more.

In December, the West Side collected and wrapped clothes, toys, food and other gifts to distribute to 168 families with 344 children in Mansfield for its annual Gifts of Hope campaign.

Right now, the West Side is running its Nourish to Thrive lunch program. Last year, the program served 4,500 meals to children.

“They are making a difference and have been doing it for a long time,” said Wood.

With the help of around 30 volunteers, West Side moved into its new space at CrossPointe at the end of May in just one day.

“We would like to thank Schneider Electric, formerly Foxboro Company, for 15 years of space donated to allow us to store and work to deliver our programs and services to the Mansfield community,” said Saba. “It allowed us to continue and grow. We are eternally grateful for these years of given space.

West Side Benevolent Circle President Dawn Saba shows off part of the space the charity currently rents at CrossPointe Church, which includes an office, pantry for the distribution of summer meals, and two storage rooms - one for clothes and the other for toys and games.

CrossPointe also provides space on the West Side to potentially offer courses and workshops to residents, from resume building to nutrition at a lower cost, Saba said.

“It’s the thing that excites me,” said Wood. “What an opportunity to positively change the cycle of a family.

“We’re not only happy with what happened, but really excited for what’s to come.”

For more information on the West Side Benevolent Circle, follow them on Facebook.

For more information on CrossPointe Church, visit www.crosspointema.org.

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