ARC OF GREATER PLYMOUTH: Giving Tree delivered to homeless Boston veterans

The Arc of Greater Plymouth recently provided some special holiday cheer to residents of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston, delivering a “Giving Tree” that was decorated by students in the Arc’s Life Skills program.

vettreepic resizedPLYMOUTH – The Arc of Greater Plymouth recently provided some special holiday cheer to residents of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston, delivering a “Giving Tree” that was decorated by students in the Arc’s Life Skills program.

The students decided on a theme for the tree, created all the ornaments and designed the tree over a five-week period. The tree was placed in the main hall at the Center Dec. 4 and was decorated by the students during an event that featured music by Chelo Fansua, the founder of Mi Anatolia.

“The Arc of Greater Plymouth’s Life Skills class and staff were honored to celebrate the holidays with our veterans who have given so much to our country and its citizens,” Jill O’Reilly, community support coordinator at the Arc of Greater Plymouth, said. “We were truly inspired and humbled meeting the veterans, and they will always remain in our thoughts and prayers for a brighter future that they deserve so much.”

“We greatly appreciate the Arc of Greater Plymouth honoring our veterans with the gift of this beautiful tree,” NECHV President and CEO C. Andrew McCawley said. “It will bring joy throughout the holiday season to those we serve who have served their country.”

The Arc of Greater Plymouth is dedicated to providing personalized services, supports and advocacy to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The Arc is committed to changing attitudes, perceptions and legislation so individuals will have the opportunity to choose and realize the goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play. The Arc of Greater Plymouth provides services and supports to more than 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Southeastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.thearcofgp.org.

Founded in 1989, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans is a nationally recognized leader in the initiative to end homelessness among veterans and one of the largest and most effective private veteran support organizations in the country. The NECHV is a multi-dimensional service and care provider dedicated to assisting veterans who are facing or at risk of homelessness with a broad array of programs and services that enable success, dignified, meaningful employment and independent living. For more information, visit www.nechv.org.