Arrowstreet is proud to have recently completed several renderings for a renovated and modernized space for the Women’s Lunch Place, Back Bay Boston’s only day shelter for homeless women. An article on the renovation appeared in the Boston Globe.
A safe and comfortable community resource, the WLP provides 200 meals a day as well as a range of health and skills services. The renovation will take a half-century-old church basement and, through exposing the historic brick piers and rubble foundation walls, create a light-filled, warm, inviting dining space that gives WLP’s guests a sense of home.
A vastly expanded, modern industrial kitchen will serve the WLP’s food requirements and be used for catering and other events to provide future financial support to the shelter. The new layout will create an open space that encourages meaningful interaction between guests and volunteers, as well as flexibility to cater to the organization’s ever-improving services. An acoustic, suspended ceiling will improve the guest experience; while at the same time serve as an architectural element, with curved edges that are reminiscent of the exposed brick arches.
The Women’s Lunch Place will also expand onto two additional levels of the parish house, adding private office space for counseling and medical treatment, a resource training center to learn computer skills, and two conference rooms for programs and activities.