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USES Welcomes Two South End Residents to Board of Directors

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BOSTON, Mass. – The Board of Directors of United South End Settlements (USES) welcomed Joyce Lee and Richard H. Stern as its newest members during its annual meeting held on June 2. The 15-member board provides leadership, oversight, and strategic guidance for the 124 year old organization. Lee and Stern, both South End residents and USES volunteers, represent the settlement house legacy of “neighbors helping neighbors.”

Joyce Lee, Vice President of Marketing at Cosi and one of our parents, states "USES is an important and special part of my family’s life. I am so thankful that USES’ Early Childhood Education Program has provided my daughters with a nurturing place to grow and thrive. I look forward to giving back and being part of a talented board that brings valuable programs to the South End and Lower Roxbury community."

Richard H. Stern, CPA, has volunteered in classrooms at USES since the fall of 2013 and recently Co-Chaired the Host Committee of The Neighborhood Gala, which raised over $220,000 in support and introduced many new supporters to the work of USES. He is an active member of the South End community, currently serving as Treasurer and Board Member of the South End Business Alliance.

“Joyce and Richard have been wonderful volunteers, advocates, and supporters of USES," said President and CEO Maicharia Z. Weir Lytle. "Their leadership has played a key role in elevating USES’ visibility in the community. I am thankful for their service and I look forward to partnering with them in their new roles.”

USES recruits Board Members on a rolling basis. To learn more contact Colleen George, Director of Development, at


About United South End Settlements

For generations, the South End and Lower Roxbury community has been home to families of all backgrounds, a refuge for the city’s artistic soul, and at the forefront of opening doors for residents and guests regardless of their sexual orientation, class or religion. United South End Settlements (USES) was founded in 1891 as the first settlement house in Boston when members of the community committed to ensuring that all residents had what they needed to move forward. This was the beginning of the early social justice movement

USES is a “living room” for our community – a place where all residents can come together to continue their education, build a collective voice, and receive the support they need elevate themselves and each other.

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