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November 2017

As we transition from Summer to Fall, we are reminded that Cardinal Cushing Centers is in a constant state of transition.  Students becoming adults, and our adults gaining new skills and independence.

Peter 1We recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the Bethany (formerly Kennedy) Apartments.  Hosted by the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, guests included Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Sr. Joanne Schatzlein, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.  Pictures are displayed in Hanover reception and we received great publicity around the ceremony and initiative.  Once online, the apartments will further transition the campus into an inclusive neighborhood.

The Capital Campaign continues with $8 million secured toward the $9 million goal.  The permit process is ongoing with Town officials, engineers and others. 

Series of Town Meetings and site visits across CCC to update staff on key initiatives: Kennedy Building, Marketplace, Land Development, St. Mary’s proposal and Strategic Planning process.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito celebrate the groundbreaking of Bethany Apartments affordable and workforce housing at the Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover, Oct. 23, 2017. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Continuing attention to physical plant issues and limitations. Creation of additional classroom space at Braintree St. Coletta’s and bathroom renovations in Florence building. Work continuing at Hanover to enhance visual appeal through smaller grounds and renovation or repair projects.

Marketing of services in both the Student and Adult Service world continues to show positive results with increased enrollment numbers in both areas.

Expansion of Adult services in the Day Services and Shared Living programs very promising trend.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito celebrate the groundbreaking of Bethany Apartments affordable and workforce housing at the Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover, Oct. 23, 2017. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Planning in adult residential area for changes in client needs especially as they age. We are looking to bring a completely accessible replacement home on line in the next year with the support of DDS. Repurpose of vacated home will go to Student Services and give us a community based housing option for students.

Internally reorganizing the student residential area has begun with reorganized supervisory structure to address concerns regarding staff interaction and oversight especially on evenings and weekends

We were able to send a diverse group of staff to Italy on the Pilgrimage and an opportunity to see the origins of our Franciscan roots. All report an incredibly positive experience and they are bringing back their experience to share with all staff to rekindle the Franciscan values.

We also sent a group of staff from across the organization to the Corporate Ministries Conference at the Motherhouse in Milwaukee. An extremely positive experience and we were able to connect with the other ministries to share best practices as well as experience the universal values that bond us. Staff very energized by the presenters and work sessions.

A Board retreat was held with Board members and external facilitator.  The purpose of the all-day session was to work on the overall role of the Board and Board governance.

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As we enter the Thanksgiving season we are most grateful for all who make Cardinal Cushing Centers such a special place.

Peter O’Meara
President/CEO