On December 13, more than 75 SVP Boston Partners, Grantees, and supporters gathered to celebrate SVP Boston’s 15th anniversary. Guests enjoyed mingling with both new and old friends, including representatives from fifteen of the more than twenty organizations SVP has supported since 2002, to celebrate the organization’s fifteen years of impact in the Boston community.
Highlights from the evening included remarks from four of SVP Boston’s original Partners – Bill Eaton, Tony Helies, Stefania Mallett, and Judy Obermayer – who explained how the organization has evolved since 2002 and why they’ve stayed involved over the years.
Guests also heard stories of impact from two SVP Boston Grantees, Compass Working Capital and Boston CASA. Compass Working Capital (SVP Boston Grantee 2010 – 2013) has experienced tremendous growth in the years since their SVP engagement; at the event, Founder and Executive Director Sherry Riva shared the exciting news that Compass’ flagship Family Self-Sufficiency (FFS) program in Lynn was recently assessed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and tied for 1st place out of 711 FSS programs around the country. Charles Lerner, executive director of SVP’s newest Grantee Boston CASA, gave guests an introduction to Boston CASA’s work and explained why he is so personally connected to the mission. Boston CASA is just beginning their journey with SVP, and Charles is eager to dive into the work in 2018.