September 25, 2017
 
Megan's House ED Resigns Six Months After Taking the Job

Deb Belanger
July 7, 2017 — Deb Belanger, executive director of Megan's House Foundation, a Lowell nonprofit that provides residential substance abuse treatment services for women 18 – 26 years of age, resigned recently, six months after taking up the post.

The board of directors of Megan's House Foundation voted unanimously on June 22 to accept Belanger's resignation, according to a report in The Lowell Sun.

"We're still a new organization and, with any new organization, we have growing pains and with those growing pains, a series of events can occur that can make certain points in time a little more difficult than we'd like," Robert Gignac, board chair, was quoted by the paper. "We may be at that point right now."

Teddy Panos, director of development and communications, said the board has established a search committee to find a permanent executive director. In the interim, he said, founder Tim Grover and Panos are overseeing day-to-day operations of Megan's House

Prior to joining Megan's House in January, Belanger had served with the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau for 17 years, most recently as executive director.

In addition to Belanger's resignation, Megan's House announced that it had postponed its raffle fundraiser, originally set for mid-June. It will now be held in the fall.

According to the Sun, the state last March awarded Megan's House grants to cover approximately 80% of the addiction-treatment program's costs.

Grover founded Megan's House to memorialize and honor his daughter, who died in 2014 of a drug overdose.

Last month, Grover was named a second place Myra Kraft Community MVP Award winner, receiving $10,000 for Megan's House.

Massachusetts Nonprofits Receive MVP Award Grants

In addition to Megan's House, the following 16 Massachusetts nonprofits received grants in connection with Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards bestowed on volunteers tied to the organization. (Name of volunteers shown in parentheses):

$25,000 Grand Prize Winner

  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Roxbury (Fabienne Eliacin)
$10,000 Second Prize Winners
  • The Be Like Brit Foundation, Worcester (Cherylann & Len Gengel)
  • Ben Speaks Louder Than Words, Holliston (Judy Giovangelo)
  • Cops for Kids with Cancer, Braintree (Robert Faherty)
  • Household Goods, Acton (Barbara Smith)
  • Moyamoya Disease Research Foundation, Walpole (Justin Doo)
  • National Braille Press Foundation, Boston (Janet Ulwick-Sacca)
  • St. Francis House, Boston (Jerry Ferrera)
$5,000 Third Prize Winners
  • Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools, Falmouth, (Jack Zorski)
  • Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, Mansfield (Neil Rhein)
  • Kylee's Kare Kitz for Kidz, Leominster (Lori Bateman & Kylee McCumber)
  • Lucy's Love Bus, Boston (Maggie Bornstein)
  • Paws4Survival Rescue, Randolph (Nicole DiPaolo)
  • Soldier's Angels, Brockton (Debbie Mearls)
  • Windrush Farm, North Andover (Frances Davis)
  • Zack's Team Foundation, Billerica (Louise Griffin)
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said, "There are some incredible people in our local communities that have dedicated much of their lives to volunteering...We admire their selflessness and thank them for their commitment to making the world a better place."

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