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The NECHV Earns 3-Year Accreditation from CARF International


The New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV), a national leader in housing and serving Veterans who are at risk of homelessness, recently received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, an agency committed to excellence in rehabilitation facilities. The accreditation represents the New England Center and Home for Veterans’ commitment to strict conformance to CARF standards and a rigorous peer review process.

“Working with the CARF accreditation process allowed us to feel validated and proud of our current service delivery, and helped us understand how to bring our services to a higher level of best practice and excellence,” states Marta Budu-Arthur, MSW, LICSW, Director of Community Stabilization Services for NECHV.  The three-year accreditation is the highest a facility can earn.

“The New England Center and Home for Veterans, through the dedicated efforts of its skilled employees, leaders and supporters is committed to providing quantifiably excellent services to Veterans entrusted to us. A three-year accreditation from CARF is a demonstration of that excellence and something which we have every reason to be proud of,” said Andy McCawley, NECHV President and CEO.

“The Center willingly sought the strict scrutiny of CARF and we are honored to have achieved this accreditation,” he added. The NECHV provides meals and houses 280 Veterans at the downtown Boston facility each day, and works with 530 veterans in their home communities each year with in-home support services to help keep them housed and successful. Each year nearly 200 Veterans find permanent homes with help from the NECHV.

Advancement Team


New England Center and Home for Veterans
Advancement Department
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108

617-371-1777 (tel)
617-371-1840 (fax)


Charlene F. Pontbriand
Senior Vice President, Advancement

Mark O. Gough
Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations

Nicole Hand
Director of Sponsorships and Events

Adrienne Kaplowitz
Philanthropic Officer, Community Engagement

Nick Feeko 
Communications Associate

Duyen Hua
Lead Development Associate

Maggie Retton
Development Associate


Lindsay Davis-Braun
Development Systems Manager




The New England Center and Home for Veterans is pleased to announce that the annual Greater Boston Stand Down will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Boston City Hall Plaza. This yearly event brings together community providers and Veterans in one place to provide Veterans easy access to services and employment opportunities.

As in past years, over 100 service providers, employers, and community organizations are expected to turn out and provide essential supportive services, including housing assistance, medical care and wellness programs, legal support and employment assistance. Veterans will also be able to enjoy a free lunch and live entertainment.

For more information about the event, or to apply as a service provider, please contact Download and print the event flyer here.

Important information for Veterans planning to attend:
Veteran service hours are from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. You must bring proof of service. DD214 is acceptable.

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