Members of the Continuum team recently provided lunch service at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV). The NECHV, founded in 1989, is one of the nation’s largest private resources for Veterans of every era who may be facing challenges and are at-risk of homelessness.
According to CJ Beck, Development Associate, Community Relations at NECHV, the center is “a one-stop resource, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, where Veterans have access to a comprehensive range of support services designed to address the individual and unique needs of our homeless and at-risk Veterans.”
Beyond food and housing services, the NECHV programs include educational courses like personal financial planning and computer fundamentals. Veterans can also take advantage of many employment readiness programs like vocational training and resume writing.
Continuum and the NECHV have a long-standing relationship and common cause of supporting veterans. Over the holidays, Continuum held a boot drive and donated care packages for veterans who are transitioning out of homelessness. Of this relationship, Beck said the following:
“It is with the assistance of community supporters like Continuum that NECHV continues its legacy of delivering services to our nation’s Veterans in-need. We are honored to have your ongoing partnership and look forward to a bright future."
In May of 2015, the Center announced the initiation of the Permanent Supportive Housing and Recapitalization Project, an 18-month reconstruction project that will allow Veterans greater ease-of-access to services in their Downtown Boston facility and will include the construction of 37 new apartments that will serve as long-term housing solutions for Veterans moving from homelessness to dignified living. All construction will be done using sustainable and green methods and materials.
Alicia Lazzaro graduated from Emerson College with an individually designed major incorporating the fields of marketing, publishing and journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Boston, binge-watching Netflix and cooking.