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NECHV Presents Housing First Model

New England Center and Home for Veterans Vice President of Human Services, Kristine DiNardo, and Director of the Veteran 360 Behavioral Health Programs, Rita Chapdelaine, recently presented NECHV’s successful transition to a Housing First model of care during a live webinar that was viewed nationwide.

In their presentation, DiNardo and Chapdelaine advised other organizations interested in implementing a Housing First model. They discussed the unique challenges that are part of integrating new service models into existing traditional models, such as quickly finding appropriate housing for Veterans, as well as ensuring the most vulnerable members of the community are supported during the transition.

Perseverance and a belief in the new model have brought great achievements. The change has led to opportunities to create individual service plans for Veterans, which has in turn fostered additional connection and trust between Veterans and service providers. Through this new model of care, NECHV has been able to successfully reduce the length of time Veterans need to reside in the Center, while allowing our clinicians to continue to provide supportive services. NECHV looks forward to continuing in our position as a leader in supportive services for Veterans as we help them overcome their challenges and achieve their goals of sustainable independent living.


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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