Farewell, Ruby Rogers

JT Scott | 06/20/2017 | 2

Over the past few years a team of amazing members at CrossFit Somerville have taken time out every month to create a home-cooked meal for the people at the Ruby Rogers Center here in Union Square.

If you haven’t heard of the center, I’m not surprised. It’s easy to miss, even though it sits right next to the Bank of America ATM right in the Union Square Plaza. But right here in the square is an incredible resource for people in recovery and struggling with mental health and addiction issues. It’s a real gem, and it gives people a place in our community who might otherwise have a hard time finding a place to call their own. Taken from their website

The Ruby Rogers Center is a pioneering program established in 1985 by a group of people led by Judi Chamberlain and Dr. Dan Fisher who were dissatisfied with existing options for psychiatric care and support. Their vision was to create a cooperative center separate from existing mental health services where people could come and offer each other support

As a resource for people who especially need resources, this is a special place that has been serving the community for over 30 years – and I’m grateful that we could help support them in their work.

Unfortunately, Governor Charlie Baker’s budget for 2017 has eliminated the Ruby Rogers Center’s funding. After 32 years in operation, despite some concerted public outcry, it will close on June 30th.

Many thanks go out to the crew who cooked one last time for the RRC on this past Monday, and to all of you who have cooked for them over the years. I’m sure we’ll find another good local organization to support with the help of Community Cooks, but the Ruby Rogers was a special place and uniquely a part of the fabric of Union Square – even if you never noticed it – and I for one will be very sad to see it go.

Low Bar Back Squat
* on the 90 seconds
(this is a tight timeline. go as heavy as you can safely go, but be prepared to pound the reps out briskly to give yourself time to recover for the next set.)

400m Run
40 Toes-to-Bar
400m Run

2 comments for “Farewell, Ruby Rogers

  1. Eoin says:

    LBBS: 215#
    WOD: 5:27 @ first 20 TTBs Rx, second 20 not so much…

  2. Roger says:

    STR: 215#
    WOD: 5:32 Rx
    22 second improvement over the previous time we did this on April 28th

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