Neighborhood Housing Services of Quincy celebrates 30th year
When Robert Corley started at Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore in Quincy in 1997 as a construction rehabilitation specialist, the office, which had two phone lines and no Internet, was located over the MBTA’s Red Line tracks.
“It was kind of noisy, but you got used to it,’’ said Corley, now executive director.
The nonprofit has since moved to a train-free location on Washington Street, has satellite offices in Brockton and New Bedford, and now serves 24 communities across the South Shore. Founded in 1981 as a public-private partnership to revitalize low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in Quincy, it now offers services such as foreclosure-prevention counseling, home rehabilitation loans and grants, and first-time homebuyer workshops.
And it has many phones, not to mention Internet connectivity, Corley said.
“Clearly, NHS has changed a lot,’’ Corley said at the group’s 30th anniversary celebration Oct. 13, held at the Quincy Marriott. “But the surroundings didn’t matter then and they never really have. It’s always been about the mission.’’
The event also featured Neighborhood Housing’s first presentation of the “Good Neighbor Award,’’ given to three people representing groups that have long supported Neighborhood Housing’s mission, Corley said: James Blake, CEO of HarborOne Credit Union; John Boucher, CEO of South Shore Savings Bank; and George A. Russell Jr., executive vice president of State Street Corp.
Neighborhood Housing president Normand Grenier said the three organizations have long helped the nonprofit by partnering with it to buy, renovate, and create affordable housing across the region, and that the three men “represent those who have not forgotten that a good customer is also your neighbor.’’
Corley said that the agency’s goal is “to create a positive impact on the people and families that we touch every day. And if we do that, we are confident we are winning.’’
For more information on Neighborhood Housing, visit www.neighborhoodhousing.org.
BROCKTON Y LANDS GRANT: The Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, which serves the city and 28 surrounding communities, was one of five nonprofits across the state to get money from the Commonwealth Corp., part of a $609,952 grant from the US Department of Justice to support mentoring programs for youths in custody of the Department of Youth Services.
The five grant recipients will each get $84,000 over two years to work with regional DYS offices in recruiting mentors within the community, and match youths with those mentors, officials said. The program will support transitional services for nearly 150 youths, ages 15-17, across the state, upon their return home from residential treatment at a DYS facility.
COOKING LESSONS: Jasper White’s Summer Shack Restaurant at The Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham is hosting a “Celebrity Chef Series,’’ with Boston chef Michael Schlow, owner of restaurants Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada, and Tico appearing Nov. 16; and legendary French chef Jacques Pepin on Dec. 7. Each event is priced at $250 for two, which includes a four-course meal, wine, tip, and a signed cookbook from the author. Each dinner is prepared by the guest chef and White, and starts at 7 p.m. For information and tickets, call 781-740-9555.
BUSINESS BRIEFS: Braintree-based Caritas Communities, a nonprofit that develops and runs rooming houses for low-income residents, was this year’s beneficiary of the 19th annual South Shore Savings Bank Charity Golf Classic at the Marshfield Country Club. Caritas received a check for $10,000 from the South Shore Savings Charitable Foundation, the bank’s philanthropic arm. Since the golf tourney started, it has raised more than $450,000 for various charities.
Mary Ellen Kirrane, head of the K-8 wellness department in Brockton public schools, was named health coordinator of the year by the American School Health Association. She was honored at the group’s annual conference in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 12. She was recognized for her leadership in coordinating school health programs across the Brockton school district. For the past 18 years, Kirrane has written and implemented several systemwide grants that have resulted in middle-school fitness centers, international nutritional events, peer programs, and violence-prevention curriculum. Kirrane also is liaison with other city departments and community agencies in implementing local and state health mandates, most recently the newly signed Anti-Bullying Prevention and Intervention Model Plan project. Since 2008, she’s been co-chair of the Massachusetts Interdisciplinary Health and Health Services Advisory Council, regularly presents at health and wellness symposiums, and teaches at Fitchburg State University.
David R. Johnston was named regional director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Lakeville office. Johnston was acting director of the office for the past three years, and has worked for the DEP for the past 26 years. At Lakeville, he oversees the daily operation of the office and its 120 engineers, scientists, environmental planners, technology staffers, and administrative workers.
Rhona Dias (inset above) of West Bridgewater earned the designation of certified event rental professional from the American Rental Association. Dias is general manager of B.C. Tent & Awning in Avon. Earning the designation is a three-step process, and requires completing studies and passing exams in areas such as sales, delivery operations, tabletop design, tenting, and warehouse management. She joined the company in 1997 as an administrative assistant.
Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at Kandarian@globe.com