David Shaw, Chairman
David Shaw – Chairman of the WACH Board of Directors, Pastor of the Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene in Wareham, Member of the Leadership Committee for the Report on Homelessness in Wareham, Member of the Wareham Area Clergy Association (which sponsors the Nights of Hospitality homeless shelter), Volunteer for Nights of Hospitality.
Tom Fitzpatrick, Vice Chairman
Marie Murdock, Secretary
I live in Wareham, Ma I work at Royal Cape Cod Nursing and Rehab as an activity aide. I’m secretary of the board of WACH. I got involved with turning point when my friend Sue Boyarski ask me if I would volunteer with her. I wasn’t working at the time so went with her to volunteer. That was, I think, in 2002.
Joan McTernan, Clerk
Members at Large:
My name is Rose Berry and I have been the branch manager of Eastern Bank on Main Street here in Wareham for the past 9 years. I began my banking career 33 years ago while in school to become a teacher. I took a position as a part time teller for some spending cash and after the first day I knew banking was in my blood.
I began working full time as a teller and went to school at night. I attended Bristol Community College and then moved on to AIB (American Institute for Banking) and NECF (New England College of Finance). I am also a Dale Carnegie graduate and certified with IBT (International Banking Technologies).
I currently live in Taunton, Ma. with my husband Kenny and our beagle, Molly. I lost my dad in October of 2013 and so my mom has moved in with us as well. I have two adult step children and an eleven year old grandson, Patrick. While I live in Taunton I spend most of my time in Wareham. I am actively involved in the Wareham community and am the treasurer of the WVA (Wareham Village Association). I am also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Wareham as a Kukoo committee member. I have made wonderful friends here and have developed a fondness for the Wareham community which is why my husband and I have a five year plan to move to the area.
In additional to my professional capabilities I bring to the community a reputation of trust, loyalty and enthusiasm. I am dedicated, focused and get the job done!
I have been a volunteer with Turning Point for approximately eight years. During this time I was able to assist clients with a multitude of needs, a few of which are, helping them to stay in their homes, supply diapers for their children, giving them enough food until they could get to a food pantry and helping them receive town services.
Many of our clients are placed in a motel until suitable housing can be found for them. Turning Point is able to give the adults and children supplies to take care of their basic needs during this difficult transition.
I have been blessed in my life and Turning Point is a wonderful organization that allows me to “pay it forward”.
I have been a resident of the town of Wareham since 1955 when my late husband was stationed at Otis Air Force Base. We had two tours of duty in Madrid, Spain but each time returned to our home in Wareham and were posted to Otis AFB. I entered the real estate business under the guidance of Mary Biagiotti, Realtor and learned and worked from her office in Jefferson Shores beginning in 1956. I have been involved in the real estate community locally plus the State and National levels as well during the ensuing years. I am happy to be asked to volunteer in any capacity that might be helpful in combatting “homelessness” in the town of Wareham and surrounding communities.
Richard J. Duffy Sr.
I am on the fundraising committee for Turning Point. With the help of others, we raised over $3000.00 at our golf tournament at Little Harbor Country Club in April. I have been associated with Turning Point for 2 years now. I have been helping with ” The Nights of Hospitality ” for over 5 years. Been able to get meals for them though some of the other organizations I am affiliated with. So that is what brought me to Turning Point….with the help of Pastor David.
Chaplain of the Wareham- New Bedford lodge of Elks #73 for a few years, member for 38 years
Helped run the Baily’s Surf & Turf Golf Tournament for Pancreatic Cancer Research for 11 yrs
member of the Buzzard Bay Eagles 22 years
on Board of Director’s of the A.L.S. golf tournament for 4 years
on Board of Director’s Wareham Area Committee for the homeless
Helps with the Nights of Hospitality help getting food for them ( dinner Tues and Wed nights plus breakfast on Sunday)
Chairperson of the Elks National Foundation 2013-2014 Gratitude Grant
member of the Sandwich – Bourne Lions
Reverend thru the Universal Brotherhood Movements 9 years.
Marcine is a former nurse and social worker. She was the homeless liaison for the Wareham school district, and is now the liaison and social worker for the Randolph schools.
Marcine is motivated by the great need for social services for the homeless, as they are not being provided by anyone else in the community. It’s very rewarding to her to be able to help this sector of the population. She is dedicated to seeing all children get the support they need to be able to graduate from high school. Marcine is also on the Community Benefits Program Board at South Coast Hospitals, which gives her the opportunity to meet contacts at other agencies that can help.
graduated from the University of Massachusetts Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She first came to Father Bill’s Place emergency shelter in 1994 before working with Boston based shelters and treatment programs. She returned to Father Bill’s Place as the Housing Director in 2000; She has held several positions since including Programs Director, Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and most recently Vice President of Asset Management in 2013. Nicole has worked closely with President and CEO, John Yazwinski since 2000 to leverage over thirty million dollars for housing solutions and, through various collaborations, has assisted in the creation, program development and implementation, of over 360 units of housing for homeless individuals and families in the South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts. Former Chair the Reporting and Enhancement and Steering Committee for the statewide HMIS system, Member of the former DTA HMIS, Member of the United Way Planning Board, Appointed to the Department of Transitional Assistance Regional Board, Member of South Shore Network. Present as requested at area workshops/conferences-One Family Peer Learning Sessions: Stabilization and Workforce Development, Lowell’s Keys to Ending Homelessness Conference Series. She remains interested in serving those who are in need throughout the South Shore and Southeastern MA.
Kim Houdlette is a recent addition to the Board of Directors. When asked by her peers to join the board, she could not resist the calling to help those in need. Kim makes her home in Wareham with her husband, Mike and their son Michael. Kim is active many local community organizations and believes strongly in giving back to the community. She is currently the Director of Events and Agri-tourism for the A.D. Makepeace Company. Kim and her husband were the original owners and operators of the Merchant’s Way Café in Wareham.
I was a supporter of Pine Street Inn and Rosie’s Place.
My aha moment came in high school. We were given a photo assignment to create a slide show on a single theme. I went into Boston walked around with a plan to photograph the architecture of the city. That’s when my aha moment came. I started noticing the number of homeless people on the benches in the common. It was than that I wanted to make a difference. I spent the day photographing homeless on the city streets and in the common. I put the show together to the song “Dust in the Wind”, the day was a late winter day, trees bare with dust, sand were blowing.
As a tour director I try to promote a cause in the area’s I travel. Homeless is always at the top. I have no problem buying something for people to eat.
How I got involved with Turning Point
I was living with a friend of the Director of TP, when she called her friend in need of help making calls and taking calls for Christmas. Her friend being very shy asked me to step in for a few days. I said okay! I was never told once you say yes you can’t get out!
That was seven years ago! I was shocked to see the need in a community like Wareham and surrounding towns. Coming from Boston and being active in the city I thought homelessness was mainly a city problem.
I was lucky to learn from my parents charity begins at home. By helping people in my community hopefully.
Lee is one of the founders and former co-director of Turning Point. She retired from that position in the fall of 2014. Her motivation to start Turning Point came from the Good Shepherd Outreach program, which was a collaboration among local churches and business owners. Lee gets great pleasure from helping others.
Lee worked for the MBTA for 24 years. The employees there were helping a homeless family in Charlestown. When Lee retired from there, she decided that she wanted to give back. So when Good Shepherd asked her to attend a meeting to discuss ways to help the homeless in the community, she felt it was just what she was looking for.
Rev Lois Rycroft
As a very young child I watched my mother knit hats, mittens, and scarves for ” The Home for Little Wanderers ” and learned that there were homeless children . At age 16, I was asked to join the American Red Cross Motor Corps. I met mothers and children who were without a home as I transported them to shelters. Of course I wanted to bring them home with me but that was not allowed.
Moving forward nearly 50 years I saw a notice in the local paper that there would be a meeting at Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham for those interested in discussing ways to help the homeless. That was where I met the Walton’s , Jane Stabile, Lee MacDonald and other wonderful people. I wanted to do a lot to help but returned to the work schedule. I have a heart for Turning Point and do whatever I can with my usual duties serving as a Chaplain.