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There’s No Place Like Home: NeighborWorks Annual Gala

December 6, 2017

On Wednesday, December 6, NeighborWorks ® Southern Mass held the There’s No Place Like Home: NeighborWorks Annual Gala, which raised $130,000 for the organization’s efforts to increase affordable housing for all and strengthen communities. The event, held December 6 at Granite Links Golf Club, featured a cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction, and gave more than 250 guests an opportunity to recognize the organization’s accomplishments. Among the current initiatives highlighted was NWSOMA’s largest project in its history.  The Watson, is a partnership between NeighborWorks and WinnCompanies that will provide 140 new construction apartments in Quincy Point on the site of a former blighted property on East Howard Street. The Watson will open in the fall of 2018.

At the gala, NeighborWorks® also recognized the community contributions of Michael Fish, President and CEO of Dellbrook JKS, who was honored with the NeighborWorks Good Neighbor Award.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Mike and Dellbrook JKS for the great leadership you have provided and the wonderful corporate citizen you have become to our city. We are grateful for all your contributions.” Said Mayor Thomas Koch in a special message to Michael Fish.

“Michael Fish has been an unwavering supporter of NeighborWorks Southern Mass’ efforts to increase the availability of high quality housing. “said NWSOMA Executive Director Robert Corley.

During his remarks, Michael Fish shared his views about NeighborWorks® and his thoughts on being a good neighbor. “When it comes to being a good neighbor and a good person it comes down to working directly with people. It’s doing the right thing when nobody is looking for the people who need it the most and who may not be able to give thanks in other ways. What NeighborWorks really does exemplifies teamwork, doing the right thing when nobody is looking, through adversity, and standing up for what you believe in, even when it isn’t the easy thing to do.”

“This Gala captures what NeighborWorks is all about, which is leveraging the power and strength of partnerships to help others,” said NWSOMA Executive Director Robert Corley.

Residents Move back into Father McCarthy’s House

November 8, 2017

Residents of Fr. McCarthy’s House are moving back into the home after months of renovations following the fire at the end of June. This renovation would not have been possible without the hard works of many within our community. We would like to share a special thanks to: Bob’s Discount Furniture for their generous donation toward the purchase of tables and chairs; Pastor Heidi and Faith Lutheran Church for providing linens, towels, kitchen and personal essentials to the residents at Fr. McCarthy’s House; and all those who contributed to the residents fund.

Announcing the “Good Neighbor” Award to Michael Fish at There’s No Place Like Home: NeighborWorks Annual Gala

October 25, 2017

This year, NeighborWorks Southern Mass and our Board of Directors are honored to present our Good Neighbor Award to Michael Fish, President & CEO of Dellbrook JKS.

Dellbrook JKS has been an unwavering supporter of NeighborWorks Southern Mass efforts to increase the availability of affordable housing and help families achieve the dream of homeownership. In so doing, Dellbrooks JKS have made a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of families – many of whom likely are not even aware of the many ways in which Dellbrook JKS has contributed to so many worthwhile local projects.

We also recognize that Michael’s generosity and contributions to the community extend far beyond his support of our organization.  His personal commitment to innovative leadership and excellence and the long history of philanthropy of both his family and Dellbrook JKS is inspiring and serves as a wonderful example of corporate and personal social responsibility.  This commitment is apparent in not only the work done publicly but also in the culture of teamwork, service, and enthusiasm Delbrook JKS.  Every member of the Dellbrook JKS team brings the cooperative spirit of his leadership into all of our work together and it makes our experience of working in partnership with your team truly rewarding.

Father William McCarthy House Update

September 27, 2017

On the early morning of June 28th, NeighborWorks Southern Mass experienced a serious fire at Father William McCarthy’s House, our rooming home for 18 individuals. Thankfully, because of effective fire and sprinkler systems, our residents did not experience any serious injuries and through help from our partners, each resident had a safe place to stay.

Thank you to everyone who donated immediately after the fire to help the residents; because of your contributions, we raised $2,000 to help residents. We are so grateful to everyone who reached out to help during this difficult time. We would also like to thank Bob’s Furniture Charitable Foundation for their donation of $2,500 towards furniture for this house.

Since that day, we have been busy renovating and rebuilding this home. We have been repairing systems, installing new drywall and painting throughout the building. In the kitchen, new cabinets and a new stove have been installed. Flooring and bathrooms are the last major projects for the house. We are hopeful that the residents will be moved back in by November 1.

Winter Gardens Community Comes Together

August 23, 2017

Community is fostered through comradery, support, and acceptance. These characteristics are sometimes difficult to physically see, but this past summer NeighborWorks Southern Mass saw a neighborhood come together in a way that now truly represents community.

On June 28, 2017, an exterior fire erupted at the Father William McCarthy’s House located on Winter Street. Thankfully no one was injured, but the property was severely damaged and the possessions of the 18 individuals living in the house were destroyed.

Upon seeing and hearing the circumstances their neighbors were facing, residents throughout Winter Street and East Howard Street immediately searched for the best way to help their neighbors. Organized by community leader Antoinette Quinlan, residents began collecting blankets, sheets, dishes and kitchenware to replenish Father McCarthy’s House with necessities. As items were collected, the desire to help continued to grow and the Winter Gardens community held a bake sale to raise funds for more household goods. The Winter Street and East Howard neighborhood has demonstrated the dedication and support that every community strives to achieve.

The Watson Apartments

July 13, 2017

Construction is underway for The Watson Apartments at 116 E. Howard Street in Quincy. This property was formerly home to a vacant office building across the street from the Fore River Shipyard.  The Watson Apartments is a joint project of Winn Companies and NeighborWorks Southern Mass.  The building will feature 28 market rate apartments, 86 workforce housing apartments, and 26 affordable apartments for those with lower than median incomes. 

This month, we blasted rock that will be re-purposed as part of the foundation for the new building. We will continue to post updates on this project here on our blog and on our Facebook page -stay tuned!

Check out the blast:



Winter Gardens:
Community Leadership Institute & Mix It Up Arts Festival

June 3, 2017

Last September, NeighborWorks Southern Mass was invited to attend the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), a three-day training summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hosted by NeighborWorks America, this CLI training event aims to strengthen voices within a community and provide opportunities that will build positive relationships within neighborhoods. The attendees strive to create a strategic plan that will bring people together. Our team consisted of several residential leaders and community partners: Janine Vlassakis, NWSOMA Community Building and Engagement Coordinator; Antoinette Pabon-Green, NWSOMA Boardmember; Greidy Terrero, NWSOMA Boardmember; Rasheeda Brown, Residential Community Leader; and Kathy Quigley, Executive Director of Germantown Neighborhood Center, YMCA. At the CLI, our team learned strategies to create a dialogue with residents and ways to continue the momentum of community.


Our leaders brainstormed and decided that an arts festival would help unite the Winter Street neighborhood. The project was both complex and daunting given this community is comprised of residents of varying ages spread across more than 140 households.  Over the past year, we held many local events to raise awareness and money for the festival including a neighborhood block party and clean up; a swap and celebrate event where residents selected from donations of clothing, books and handmade toys; and numerous holiday themed celebrations for local families. Most recently, a talent show and bake sale helped our CLI team to raise $175 for the arts festival. These funds, alongside a CLI grant, were used to make the arts festival a reality.


On June 3rd (despite threats of rain!), hundreds of community members, local entrepreneurs, and our neighbors from 1000 Southern Artery joined in our “Mix It Up” Winter Street Arts Festival. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of art activities, shopping at the Artisan Bazaar, and neighborhood camaraderie.  Ultimately, this was a day where residents put their “handprint” on the community.

US Veteran Finds A Home

David Ortega is a retired sergeant and Iraq War veteran, Ortega lives with his wife and four children in a four-bedroom, single-family Quincy home that NeighborWorks® Southern Mass and the City of Quincy purchased and renovated for veterans’ housing in 2013. Before they moved in, David and his family were homeless. “As a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I am truly grateful for being able to provide my family with a safe and comfortable home,” Ortega said. “NeighborWorks® has just been awesome: My kids love the house, they have friends that sleep over and play in the backyard. It’s just been amazing. I could not ask for more.”
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