WBZ Cares: Welcome To Our Community

Brighton Marine Health Center (Photo Credit: Brighton Marine Health Center/Facebook)

Brighton Marine Health Center (Photo Credit: Brighton Marine Health Center/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling the Brighton Marine Health Center, which helps connect veterans and their families with the resources they need.

Brighton Marine President and CEO Michael Dwyer says through the services they provide, and thanks to the affordable housing they're building, local veterans can transition more easily from the military to civilian life.

“Really we’re giving back. Instead of saying ‘thank you for your service’ the community, not just Brighton Marine, are saying ‘Welcome to our community’. You don’t have to be displaced. You can work and live and raise your children in our great community,” Dwyer said.

Board member Tom Lyons says the housing issue will continue to be a prime concern.

“We’ll be able to provide housing for those veterans that are coming out of programs who may have been homeless at one time but now are back on their feet, and back in the community as productive citizens again,” Lyons said.

Dwyer says veterans and their families will continue to need the help Brighton Marine offers.

“They want to know how to maneuver G.I. benefits. They want to know how to maneuver health. They want to know how can they get some help for their family or how can we help their spouse or partner get a job that he or she may not be a veteran. How can we help them?  It’s more of a sense of place rather than just an apartment building,” Dwyer commented.

And Dwyer hopes their approach is taken by other organizations nationwide.

“We feel that having services on campus and bringing services into the community will really be a unique model that should be replicated throughout our country,” Dwyer concluded.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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