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The New England Center and Home for Veterans was honored to welcome Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to the Center to present him with the Brian A. Brooks Distinguished Service to Veterans Award.

Governor Baker was announced as the recipient of the award at the 2017 Leave No One Behind (LNOB) Gala, and visited the Center to accept it on May 24, 2018. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the NECHV mission through services for and support of Veterans.

In addition to NECHV CEO Andy McCawley and NECHV staff, James Carmody, General Manager of the Seaport Hotel and LNOB Event Committee Chair, and Betty Brooks, wife of the late Brian A. Brooks, a founder and co-chair of LNOB for whom the award is named, were also in attendance. Following the award presentation, the Governor toured the facility, stopping along the tour to meet and talk with Veterans.

We were so pleased to have the opportunity to present Governor Baker with this award, and we are grateful for his longstanding support of the Center and the Veterans we serve.

Governor Baker and Jim CarmodyAndy McCawley introduces the Governor.Governor Baker greets Betty BrooksGovernor Baker laughs with a Veteran at 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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