BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
Andy McCawley (Veteran), President & CEO, New England Center for Homeless Veterans: Around 62,000 veterans on any given day in this country do not have a place to live. The New England Center for Homeless Veterans has been here in Boston for almost 25 years, and our goal is to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.
Joseph Patrick Finn (Disabled Veteran), U.S. Navy: I came in here because I needed help with my life. I’ve worked with everyone here, my case manager, and I basically got my life together while I was here.
Andy McCawley: We provide housing, we provide support, we provide clinical services, and we provide educational employment services.
Bob Gallery, Massachusetts President, Bank of America: Bank of America has a long-standing commitment to working with veterans and their families. To be able to come to a homeless shelter where we can give back in a very tangible way means a lot to our employees.
Andrew Burns (Veteran), Financial Advisor, Bank of America: I had a lot of help when I got out of the military as far as transitioning, and so at this point I’m just looking to give back and help support and show my appreciation for what the troops are doing.
Andy McCawley: Bank of America’s resourcing and funding has provided for infrastructure upgrades, for furnishings, for specific tools that make the spaces the most welcoming and most effective for veterans who come here for support.
Bob Gallery: Not only do we support the shelter with financial resources, but today we brought a couple dozen volunteers.
Andrew Burns: We did a lot of painting within the new wifi café. We set up a lot of furniture in there – chairs, tables – so that the veterans can go in there, use the wifi café to help with their job search and other initiatives that they have.
Andy McCawley: We are so grateful for the support they provide us, but they have been consistent and long-term supporters of the center, of veterans, and our mission.
Joseph Patrick Finn: This place helped me out immensely. That’s all I could say about that.
Bob Gallery: Veterans are one of the most important populations that we serve as a company. So, every time I have the opportunity to interact with them. In some small way it’s a chance to say ‘thank you’ to them - on behalf of all of us, for what they’ve done for us, and for our families, and for the country.
Bank of America volunteers were there when Boston’s New England Center for Homeless Veterans needed an overhaul.