May 25, 2019
Jobs Saved; New Dev. Dir.; Funds Raised; New Campaign

September 18, 2018 — Sancta Maria Nursing Facility to Operate under new management, jobs saved...Wellesley Free Library Foundation hires development director...Big Nick’s Annual Ride for The Fallen raises nearly $69K...Interfaith Social Services launches campaign.

Sancta Maria Nursing Facility to Operate under New Management, Save Jobs

Sancta Maria Nursing Facility, a Cambridge nonprofit nursing home, recently announced that it will be able to continue to operate after agreeing to be operated by Advocate Healthcare Management, which will enable nearly all of its 200 employees to keep their jobs.

Sancta Maria had told the state's Department of Public Health in mid-August that it planned to close by Dec. 31, citing mounting operating losses, according to the Boston Business Journal.

Advocate Healthcare Management will assume daily management responsibilities, although the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception will continue to own the facility, the BBJ reported.

"Sancta Maria has faced financial difficulties in recent years, largely due to reimbursement issues with Medicaid and Medicare. Its total operating loss in the last four years is estimated at $5 million," the BBJ reported.

Wellesley Free Library Foundation Hires Director of Development

The Wellesley Free Library Foundation (WFL), a Wellesley-based nonprofit that raises funds to supplement public support for the Wellesley Free Library, last week announced it has named Marisa Timmins Rowe as director of development.

Most recently, she spent 10 years as director of development and communications for Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, a nonprofit human services agency based in Framingham.

Bill McNamara, president of the WFL Foundation said Rowe's "professional expertise, her breadth and depth of experience, and her ability to build positive relationships make her an ideal person for this role."

For the year ending June 30, 2017, WFL reported $340,000, of which $177,000 came from contributions and grants, and $344,000 in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

Big Nick’s Annual Ride for The Fallen Raises Nearly $69K

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, last week announced that the annual Big Nick’s Ride for the Fallen raised $68,921 for local military families and veterans.

Hundreds of motorcycles participated in the fundraiser, held this summer for the ninth time. Funds support the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Foundation Fund, which memorializes U.S. Marine Nicholas Xiarhos who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 while going to the rescue of his fellow Marines in combat. It also honors active service members and veterans from Cape Cod and pays tribute to 15 others who have lost their lives in service since the September attacks in 2001.

This year’s ride also honored fallen Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon and Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna who were killed in the line of duty in April and July, respectively.

Interfaith Social Services Launches Campaign

Interfaith Social Services, a non-religious, nonprofit multi-service center based in Quincy that provides food and clothing to South Shore residents, recently announced it has launched a capital improvements campaign to increase its ability to serve an increasing number of people needing its services.

The organization said the fundraising effort, its first capital campaign in 15 years, aims to raise $175,000, which it expects to conclude by February.

By next summer it aims to complete by have secured funding to add mental health counseling offices and soundproof for existing offices, replace its food pantry truck with a refrigerated, higher-capacity vehicle, and install an energy-efficient, walk-in-freezer in its food pantry.

In 2004, Interfaith's counseling center provided 1,300 sessions per year to people who had no place else to turn for help. This year, it said its therapists will conduct more than 2,500 counseling sessions. Also, over the past 10 years, its food pantry has gone from serving 10,000 South Shore residents to more than 23,000.

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