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 New England Center and Home for Veterans in downtown Boston, offering a broad array of programs to help those who served our country.
President and CEO Andrew McCawley, himself a longtime Navy vet, talks about the help veterans can receive.
“Really the services that we provide now are what would be characterized as human services. We provide counselling, case management, supportive housing, housing placement, employment and education and really a community of support for veterans who may, at some point in their lives, be in need of those things,” said McCawley.
Vice President of Operations Chuck Cote, who also had a long military career, says our country owes a debt for those who served.
“We talk about thanking them for their service and I believe the center thanks them every day for their service. And there is a need out there, and if we weren’t there, that need would not be getting filled,” Cote stated.
McCawley says they help veterans from a wide area, “We serve veterans from all over the country. We are a regional or even a national resource for veterans. We serve almost 15-hundred veterans a year. About 900 come here during the year and live. We are serving another 4, 5, 6-hundred in the community who we’ve helped place into homes or are helping them maintain their independent living.”
And Cote says the need for their services is growing, “You know I would love to say someday the need will not be there, but I really believe that that need is gonna be there for quite some time. The world is not getting any friendlier that I know of, so I think as long as we have men and women that serve in the military we’re always gonna have a need to support those men and women when they do come home and leave the military.”
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports