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.
The Center’s Vice President of Operations Chuck Cote says they need to accentuate the positive, “We should really focus on some of the success stories. We’ve had a lot of veterans who have come through here, they’re hitting rock bottom in their life, they receive support from the center, and then they go out to become productive members of society. And that’s really what this place is all about. It’s about the success stories.”
President and CEO Andrew McCawley on one of those success stories.
“Mr. Steve Creedon’s successes are his own. And his own persistence and his own personal striving have made them a reality. The team here at the New England Center have been inspired by Steve and we are so proud of him,” stated McCawley.
Creedon is a Navy vet who needed surgery and had no place to go.
“I needed a valve replacement and although I had lived in Boston all my life and was born here, I had no place to stay at this time. I ended up looking and planning to sleep on Boston Common if need be until I got my surgery and the shelter came to mind,” Creedon said.
He received housing through the center. Clinical Care Specialist Hillary Brown says Creedon wants to give back.
“Whenever he visits here he tries to help people or talk to other veterans who still live here and connect with him on a level of ‘hey I was here too, you’re going to be okay’,” Brown said.
Steve is very appreciative of the help.
“There’s not a better place, very supportive place to be. The answer may not be tomorrow, but at least you got a place to be until the answer is found,” Creedon stated.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports