January 24, 2019
 
NeighborWorks Southern Mass Raises $107K at Annual Gala

December 17, 2018 — NeighborWorks Southern Mass, a nonprofit community development corporation based in Quincy that provides homebuyer education, financial coaching, foreclosure counseling, and related services across the South Shore and southern Massachusetts, announced that its recently held annual gala raised $107,000, surpassing its goal.

The event, held Dec. 5 at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, which aimed to raise $100,000, attracted 340 attendees. Last year's gala drew 266 people to raise $130,000, which included a surprise gift of $10,000.

David Kilnapp, board chair of NeighborWorks Southern Mass (NWSOMA), said, "The strong response and record breaking support we received at our annual gala is a testimony of the hard work and caring attitude of our dedicated staff to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve and to the communities of Southern Massachusetts."

The There’s No Place Like Home gala generated about 10% of funds NWSOMA expects to raise this year.

The funds, which will support ongoing services, were raised via sponsorships, program advertisement, silent auctions, gala games, and donations.

At the gala, NWSOMA recognized the community contributions of John Curtis, Owner of Curtis Construction, who was honored with the Robert & Mildred Foy Good Neighbor Award, given to an individual who works to improve their community.

“Over the last decade, I have gotten to know John through the many projects we have worked on together. I realized how he was more than just a builder; he is a friend, a mentor and someone who is deeply passionate about our and many other nonprofits’ missions. In the past several years, John Curtis and Curtis Construction has been one of the leading builders for formerly homeless veterans’ housing,” said NWSOMA Executive Director Robert Corley.

NWSOMA was founded in 1981 as a public-private partnership created to revitalize low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in the City of Quincy. Since that time, it has expanded to provide services regionally, operating homeownership centers in Quincy, Brockton, and New Bedford.

In addition to building and managing more than 415 units of housing for veterans, homeless families and others in need, the agency offers a wide range of housing services, including foreclosure prevention counseling, home rehabilitation loans and grants, financial coaching and first-homebuyer workshops.

This fall, NWSOMA completed its largest project to date, The Watson, a 140-apartment unit building in Quincy Point.

With an annual operating budget of $2 million and net assets of more than $2.8 million, NWSOMA has a staff of 20 full- and part-time employees.

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