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May 18, 2022
Friendly House Names Tricia Appert as Executive Director
Tricia Appert
Tricia Appert

March 11, 2022 — Friendly House, a nonprofit multi-service neighborhood center in Worcester, this week announced it named Tricia Appert as its new executive director, succeeding Gordon Hargrove who is stepping down after leading the organization for 60 years.

Appert, who was selected following a national search, joins Friendly House after serving as executive director of Bethany Hill Place in Framingham for the last 12 years.

James Carney, board chair of Friendly House, said, “We are thrilled to find the right leader for such an important transition; both Board and staff were really taken with how closely Trish’s experiences, skills and her collaborative approach were a match for Friendly House. We thank Gordon for his many years of service to Friendly House and to the City of Worcester.”

Appert previously worked in development administration for Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline, directing operations and housing programs for Quincy Community Action Programs, and housing work for Bay Cove Human Services in Boston, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

“I’m excited to join the Friendly House team and the important work serving families across Worcester,” she said. “I’m so grateful to have some overlap with Gordon. There could be no better ambassador to help me understand the Worcester communities and position Friendly House for the next 60 years.”

Appert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston University and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

She will start in her new role on April 4.

Friendly House was established in 1920 as a settlement house under the sponsorship of the Worcester Civic League to promote neighborhood health and welfare for the betterment of Worcester and helping settle immigrants. Today as a multi-service, Friendly House helps inner city families with shelter, emergency assistance, food, medical care, after school and summer programs, day care, senior programs, and counseling.

Each year, Friendly House provides assistance to more than 25,000 residents, with more than 3,000 people accessing Friendly House’s Social Service Department seeking food, shelter and counseling. Daily, more than 200 seniors rely on Friendly House for meals, health screenings and social activities.

For the year ending June 30, 2020, Friendly House reported $5.4 million in revenue, of which $547,000 came from contributions and grants, and $5.2 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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