Sue Brady’s voice and off-beat, tell-it-like-it-is style has been making us laugh since the turn of the Millenium. The radio personality and writer uses her voice for more than just on-air bits.
Sue Brady is a champion for children, cancer patients, and the homeless. In particular, she’s become a supporter of The Boston Rescue Mission. We were lucky enough to grab a few moments of this kind, down-to-earth, and incredibly cool-chic talent. Here’s what she had to say.
1. You have been a constant (and successful) voice in the Boston community. What keeps you anchored to New England and not drawn to the flash and fame of California?
Boston is the only thing I’ve known. It’s my comfort food, my mac & Cheese! Every now and then you get a bad batch, but it is worth ordering again. I love this small incestual community! Everyone knows everyone! And then there’s that truthful acrid New England attitude. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
2. You have a gift for mixing humor while also raising awareness for several causes. How old were you when you realized you were funny? Was there a friend or family member who contributed to this trait?
I come from a family of artists, brilliant professors, and incredible educators. With great talent often comes brokenness and mental illness. Part of finding comfort from the dysfunction was to use humor to mask pain.
3. You work with many worthy charities. The Boston Rescue Mission is one of those causes to which you devote Saturday mornings and your heart. How did you get involved, and why is it an imperative commitment 365 days a year?
I have worked a lot with the homeless, including mentoring in the “Back On My Feet” program, which creates accountability through running. There was some cross-over, and I was invited to the Mission. I literally fell into the program seamlessly. I served dinner, helped the women get settled for bed; it felt right.
One night I saw an old boss in line for a meal. The stigma there is a difference between “us,” and the homeless is an illusion. Addiction, divorce, gambling, an illness- one big life bump, and anyone of us could be there.
We’ve all lost the ability to be heard or seen at one time or another. Life is about showing up when others need help. You do it for a friend who is going through shit. You might not know what to do, but you show up. This isn’t any different.
When a Mission regular asks if I’ll be at the reach-out program on Saturday morning, I say, “Yes, I’ll be there.” Because knowing someone cares and will be there to zipper their coat and hug them gives them at least once constant they can depend on in their lives. Showing up is the easy part; you just do it.
4. What would you like to find under your tree on Christmas morning?
No f-bombs flying out of my children’s mouths when they’re opening their presents.
5. Where can people go to stay up-to-date on all things, Sue Brady?
I love social media. I don’t have it all together, and it’s fun to put that out for others to see. Follow me on Instagram to see bits of my crazy life!
The Boston Rescue Mission
Providing meals, a warm bed, and emotional support to those in need is a 365 day a year commitment. The Boston Rescue Mission has understood and assumed this duty for over 200 years. The Mission helps recovering addicts stay clean, gives homeless veterans shelter and encouragement, and provides meals to hungry families at risk of homelessness. The organization not only understands the need for this civil service but also the importance of doing it with compassion and dignity.
While the Mission carries out these efforts year-round, it’s sometimes not until the frigid air hits, and the days are short that we actually see the homeless. Looking at a fellow human being sleeping on a cold sidewalk under old coats and old moving blankets drives home the importance of the Mission’s work.
Just $33.75 provides 15 hot and nutritious meals. Please, help to make someone’s life a little better.
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