Mary Immaculate Guild, Inc. formed, membership drive under way
Gerard J. Foley, president and CEO of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services (MIHCS) recently announced the formation of the Mary Immaculate Guild, Inc. In much the same way that the Holy Family Hospital Men’s Guild supported the Holy Family Hospital, the Mary Immaculate Guild, Inc. has been established to assist the MI Nursing/Restorative Center carry out its mission and improve the lives of its residents through service and fundraising.
This new organization is open to both men and women interested in this type of community service.
An initial board of directors has been appointed. Members include: president, Charles Gangi, North Andover; treasurer, Donald Marinelli, North Andover; clerk, John Felci, Lawrence; directors, Gerard Foley, Winchester; Stewart Goff, Belmont; Scott Martin, Salem, N.H.; Thomas O’Neil, Salisbury; Robert Perrault, Methuen; Pam Streletsky, Haverhill; and Karen Sullivan, Salisbury.
Among the first actions for the board was to outline plans for a formal membership drive, and to begin planning for a social event.
“We welcome the support of an organization like the Mary Immaculate Guild, Inc.,” Gerard J. Foley said in a statement. “The MI Nursing/Restorative Center has a long history in our community. It was originally founded by the Grey Nuns in 1868, and has enjoyed 145 years of service to families in the Greater Lawrence area. With the establishment of the Mary Immaculate Guild, we look forward to gathering together local residents who are interested in continuing the great work started by the Grey Nuns.”
For more information or to learn about membership, contact any member of the board of directors or visit www.mihcs.com.
Bridgewell to merge with Project COPE
Bridgewell, Inc., a Lynnfield-based human services organization operating in 22 communities in eastern Massachusetts, including Georgetown, and Project COPE, Inc., a Lynn-based nonprofit providing substance abuse and other services, have announced their intention to merge in January. The two organizations, representing close to a combined century of service and expertise, formed a management agreement since May.
Bridgewell is dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities to direct their own lives, achieve personal and professional success and remain active participants in society. The organization is 56 years old and provides residential and day services, affordable housing and homeless services, clinical services, recreational services, as well as employment training and educational services.
For 40 years, Project COPE has provided community-based prevention, education and treatment services for individuals and their families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. These services include specialized behavioral health programs, residential treatment, recovery housing, young adult diversion and employee assistance programming. Project COPE also serves the needs of developmentally disabled individuals, by providing a network of home care services and a specialized residential program for men with Congenital Rubella Syndrome.
Bridgewell serves nearly 5,000 individuals and their families. It has a $51 million budget and 1,100 employees. Project COPE serves approximately 500 individuals and their families in nine programs, two residential programs including 60 units of recovery housing, in the Greater Lynn communities. It has a $2.9 million operating budget.
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