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Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Makes Hefty Holiday Donation to Dracut Food Pantry
After the Dracut Food Pantry reached out to the community requesting donations to fill its bare shelves, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union filled its van with $1,200 worth of non-perishable food items, pet food, toiletries and other care items and made a special delivery to the organization. David Paquin, Dracut Food Pantry Board Member, graciously accepted the donation on November 16th.
“We rely a great deal on the community and businesses for both food and monetary donations,” said Paquin. “The generous donation that Jeanne D’Arc provided will be put to immediate use as part of our Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions. Jeanne D’Arc’s inclusion of some pet food as part of the mix will make our clients’ furry friends very happy,” he added.
Ribbon Cutting Officially Names Merrimack Valley Hospice’s High Pointe House
On Thursday, Nov. 9, Merrimack Valley Hospice held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official naming of High Pointe House and to celebrate and thank Stephen and Joan Clark of Haverhill for their very generous donation in support of patients and families.
“We are so honored that Stephen and Joan Clark chose to recognize Merrimack Valley Hospice by bestowing our agency with this generous pledge and allowing them to name High Pointe House,” said Karen Gomes, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation which includes Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Health VNA and HomeCare, Inc. “Their wonderful gift will support so many patients and families in need of comprehensive end-of-life care and build on our unwavering commitment to compassionate care throughout the communities we serve.”
The newly named High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice, located at 360 North Avenue in Haverhill, contains 21 private suites as well as libraries, indoor and outdoor dining areas, family gathering areas and beautiful walkways and gardens. Since opening, the House has provided comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 4,000 patients, and grief and bereavement support to families and loved ones.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Implements Infant at Work Program
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union recently launched a new program that allows mothers or fathers to bring their infant children to work with them. The Infant at Work program is designed to provide a positive work environment that recognizes parents’ responsibilities to their jobs and to their new arrivals.
“We understand the pressures and stress that all working parents face,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “For parents of infant children, we recognize that it is crucial for both the parent and their new baby to spend time together. Our new Infant at Work program provides them with that very important time, while allowing the parent to return to work sooner,” he added.
Jeanne D’Arc staff member Caitlyn Aguiar returned to her position after six weeks of maternity leave. She does not rely on day care or a full-time babysitter for her almost two month old son, Hendrix. Instead, she cares for Hendrix at her workstation while also fulfilling her duties as the assistant member service center manager. Aguiar is the first employee to take advantage of the program.
“It’s awesome to be able to spend more time to bond with my son,” said Aguiar. “It’s a valuable time moms miss out on, and it’s nice to know I don’t have to,” she added.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon Ryan Messiner has joined the medical staff at Holy Family Hospital. Board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery, Messiner earned his medical degree magna cum laude at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship, and residency in surgery, at University of Florida in Jacksonville, and fellowship training in Vascular Surgery at Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University. A member of the American College of Surgeons, The Society of Vascular Surgery, and the Society of Vascular Ultrasound, Messiner has over 10 years of experience in vascular surgery in private practice, and as assistant professor of vascular surgery at University of Florida in Daytona Beach, and assistant professor of vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. His special interests include minimally invasive endovascular techniques for vascular disease, advanced peripheral artery disease, patients in renal failure with complex dialysis needs, and aortic and peripheral aneurysm disease.
The annual Emmaus Tree Lighting Celebration will be held on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Emmaus Family Shelter. Live music and refreshments will be available, and the organization will go over their fundraising results. Haverhill, Mass. | EmmausInc.org
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell will hold its Twentieth Anniversary Holiday Auction at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Over 400 guests enjoy a silent auction andl dinner catered by Lenzi’s, followed by an exciting live auction. Lowell, Mass. | LBGC.org
Methuen Memorial Music Hall will be holding its annual Holiday Open House from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy displays, raffles, light refreshments and — of course — seasonal music played on the Hall’s famous “Great Organ.” Admission is free, but a donation to the Organ Restoration Fund is suggested. Methuen, Mass. | MMMH.org
The Concord Museum will hold the 2017 Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will walk through a selection of private residences decked out in the holiday spirit by local interior designers. Proceeds will benefit the education initiatives of the Museum. Concord, Mass. | ConcordMuseum.org
Northern Essex Community College’s Women of NECC will host its annual holiday luncheon with guest speaker Boston journalist Maria Stephanos on 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Andover Country Club. Andover, Mass. | NECC.Mass.edu
Lowell Community Health Center will host its third annual Winter Mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy food with catering by UTEC, music by Harry and the Squires of Soul, raffles, and general merriment. The mixer is a great way to kick off the holiday season. Proceeds will benefit the health center’s Teen BLOCK program, which supports the healthy development of young people and empowers them to become leaders in the community. Lowell, Mass. | TrailBlz.info
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