Youth Center Severely Damaged by Burst Pipe in South End

Top Quote Neighboring Business, The Beehive, to Host Benefit with 100% of Proceeds Raised Supporting United South End Settlements. End Quote
  • Boston, MA-NH (1888PressRelease) January 25, 2018 - On Sunday, January 7th, 2018, a pipe burst at United South End Settlements’ (USES) South End House, causing extensive damage to each floor and displacing over 100 children from early childhood education and after school programming.

    USES President and CEO Maicharia Weir Lytle explains the impact: “At $20 per hour for a babysitter, the cost of care per week for one child can be over $1,000. For our low-income families, this burden is devastating. Fortunately, our community has come together in beautiful ways. Families who are able to provide private childcare have opened up their homes and welcomed families who otherwise could not access care.”

    To this end, USES has created an emergency fund to support families with financial assistance, cover the costs associated with equipping a temporary space, and assist USES with expenses related to rehabbing our building that are not covered by insurance.

    USES has secured temporary space for programming, as demolishing and rebuilding the interior of the building is expected to take 12-18 weeks. “The biggest expense USES faces is repairing our roof. The pipe burst due to exposure to the frigid outside air. Insurance will not cover the repairs, yet this work is essential to preventing a future recurrence,” said Weir Lytle.

    On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, neighbors and supporters are invited to stop by The Beehive and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres between 6:00PM – 8:00PM and make a financial contribution to USES and/or drop off new and gently used toys and books for USES's classrooms. In addition, The Beehive will donate 100% food sales on USES dinner reservations February 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2018. (Be sure to use code “USES” and book a separate reservation on the Beehive's website or call 617-423-0069!)

    The mission of United South End Settlements is to harness the power of the diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families. In the South End, where USES is located, 36% of children live below the poverty line. Collectively, they have the capacity to do better for the children in their neighborhood, ensuring that both children and their parents develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in the workplace.

    To support the emergency fund, donate at

    About The Beehive:
    The Beehive is an underground Bohemian bistro featuring amazing cuisine, libations, artwork and live music nightly. Nestled below the Boston Center for the Art’s historic Cyclorama in Boston’s South End, The Beehive serves the eclectic fare of Executive Chef James Lyons, rustic comfort foods infused with American, European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern influences. Open for dinner and cocktails with live entertainment available nightly until 2:00 AM; The Beehive is the perfect location for after-work cocktails, dinner, live music, events and more. Come to taste the cuisine, come to view the art, come to hear the music or simply come to share in the merriment. The Beehive is at 541 Tremont St., 617-423-0069; Hours are as follows: Dinner: Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30PM to 12:00AM, Thursday through Saturday from 5:30PM to 1:00AM. Bar to 2:00AM, entertainment nightly. Brunch Served Saturday and Sunday from 9:30AM until 3:00PM, bar menu 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

    About United South End Settlements:
    United South End Settlements (USES) offers programs that holistically support families in achieving economic mobility. We help parents and caregivers develop their own capacity to reach their goals, increase their income and assets, and connect with new networks of people through one-on-one coaching and a workforce development program which prepares participants for administrative work as a first step on a career pathway. For children and youth, we provide quality education and enrichment opportunities that foster personal development and social emotional skills such as perseverance, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. We believe that as families increase their income and assets, become more resilient and connect to a diverse network, they and their children are more likely to develop the necessary skills to disrupt the cycle of poverty.

    For more information about USES, please visit

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