For his 17-year leadership of a group of volunteers from the Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury, Hal Cutler has been named a “Patriots Difference Maker” by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. As part of their Celebrate Volunteerism campaign, Cutler was honored along with 14 other “difference makers” and received a $1,000 grant for Rosie’s Place at the final game of the Patriots regular season on December 29.
Each week throughout the past season, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation celebrated volunteers that make significant contributions in various social sectors. Rosie’s Place and Cutler were chosen during Homelessness Awareness Week December 15.
Earlier in December, Cutler was recognized at a Patriots Community Tuesday event at Patriots Place, Foxboro, where he interacted with Patriots players and was presented with an honorary medal and autographed football.
For the past 17+ years, Hal Cutler and his wife Betsey have led a team of volunteers from the Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury to dedicate their time to Rosie's Place. Each month, Hal recruits 12 church members and their friends to serve dinner to over 150 women and their children in the Rosie's Place dining room. He has also coordinated food and clothing drives at his church to benefit children and families in need at Rosie's Place. Hal has become a staple in the facility and is on a first name basis with many of their guests.
“We are proud of Hal, Betsey, and the Memorial Church volunteers,” said Marty Wengert, Volunteer Services Director for Rosie’s Place. “Hal does a wonderful job recruiting and motivating volunteers and they all work hard to serve our guests with the utmost respect.”
Since 1974, Rosie’s Place has provided a safe and nurturing environment where poor and homeless women can maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding.