June 21, 2018
 
Friendship Home Appoints New Director of Development

Heather Dwyer
April 2, 2018 — Friendship Home, a Norwell nonprofit that provides respite and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, recently announced Heather Dwyer has been named director of development.

Dwyer will be responsible for leading all development and fundraising efforts for Friendship Home.

“Friendship Home is thrilled to have Heather join our team. Her enthusiasm and experience will be a great fit for our growing organization,” said Executive Director Andrea Pyke.

Dwyer succeeds Linda Malone, Friendship Home’s first director of development, who served in that position for seven years.

Prior to joining Friendship Home, Dwyer served as major gift officer at South Shore Health System in Weymouth, where she was responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and maximizing the philanthropic support of South Shore Health System.

“I am excited by this new opportunity to help this worthwhile cause. Friendship Home’s strong reputation as a support provider for people with developmental disabilities and their families makes the expansion of its Circle of Friends that much easier,” Dwyer said.

Dwyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America

For the year ending June 30, 2017, Friendship Home reported $2.3 million in revenue, of which $866,000 came from contributions and grants, and $2.2 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

Its Sustain Respite Campaign is seeking to raise $500,000 for the organization's overnight respite program, which hosts 10 guests every weekend.

Earlier this year, Friendship Home was awarded $150,000 by the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation to partner with Community Servings on an overnight respite and a nutritional educational program.

Founded in 1999 by two mothers of adult children with developmental disabilities, Friendship Home hired its first executive director 10 years later. It has grown to serve more than 200 families on the South Shore and beyond with its overnight respite, vocational, and social recreational programs.

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