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Safe Haven Program Receives VA Boston Award

The New England Center and Home for Veterans Safe Haven Program was recognized by the VA Boston’s Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program with HCHV Excellence in Advocacy award for “their contribution to the goal of ending and preventing homelessness among Veterans.”

Safe Haven serves some of the most vulnerable Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness. Veterans in this program receive care in a safe and supportive residential setting while their complex needs are addressed through on-site supportive case management services. The goal of the program is to rapidly stabilize Veterans’ medical, mental health, substance use disorders, and other psychosocial problems in order to help them obtain appropriate transitional or permanent housing.

The Safe Haven team accepted the award at the 3rd annual HCHV Community Recognition Reception at the West Roxbury VA on September 20, 2018. Congratulations to Safe Haven Program Manager Allen Howell and the Safe Haven Program staff members Henrietta Oparah, Martin Ssekyewa, Tom McDonald, Keisha Evans and Nick Ragno for their well-deserved recognition!

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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