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.
Helping veterans who need help is what the New England Center and Home for Veterans is all about. Lena Asmar, Director of Veteran 360 Behavioral Health Programs, says they can be creative in helping vets.
“I think while some programs use kind of a one-size-fits-all approach in working with people, you have to go through this program to meet this program to go this way, we really kind of work with folks individually and are able to be creative and see what works and what sticks,” said Asmar.
Vice President of Human Services Kristine DiNardo on what motivates her to help veterans.
“I looked around and I said, ‘Wow, but for the grace of the universe, that, you know, that guy over there could be my father. Or that guy over there could be my husband. Or that young man over there could be my son,’ who was, at the time, currently serving in the military. I almost felt like this is a mission that I have,” DiNardo said.
Vice President of Operations Chuck Cote says if a vet needs help, this is where they can get it.
“They’re all at a time in their life where they need that support. Whether it’s three hot meals a day to re-set and figure out what they’re gonna to do with their life, housing assistance, and if we weren’t here, where would they be?” stated Cote.
Rebecca Munroe, director of the Veterans Training School and Employment Services, on being part of the team helping veterans.
“It’s an amazing place and it’s very humbling to work here,” commented Munroe.
And President and CEO Andrew McCawley on the role the New England Center and Home for Veterans plays in the community.
“We’d like to think of it as a resource and a place of safety and security, but also a place of recognition, acknowledgment and honoring the service of the people who come here to be helped,” said McCawley.
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