Andy McCawley, President and CEO

Andy McCawley Andy McCawley of Hingham has been appointed as the new President and CEO of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) in Boston, replacing Larry Fitzmaurice who recently retired after six years of service.

Board Chairman Dan Daly thanked Larry for his leadership and contribution to the Center expanding its capabilities from just providing shelter to include clinical services and job focused education.

He noted that Andy McCawley with his extensive Navy experience from being an aviator to Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN72 with a crew of over 5000 will help bring a new perspective relative to the current and emerging needs of Veterans returning from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

McCawley believes that while today’s returning service members are welcomed home and their service and sacrifice are gratefully acknowledged by our Nation, Veterans can still face a variety of transition and adjustment challenges. Many service members have performed multiple and back-to-back overseas deployments, frequently in combat. The demands on today’s military have resulted in the activation of many Reserve and Guard units with large transitions from full-time civilian employment and established family lifestyles. The return readjustment and reintegration can be daunting. This is one key area where the Center’s services can provide assistance. McCawley says that he is honored to be a part of the VA’s initiative to end homelessness among Veterans. The Center is a key innovator in Secretary Shinseki’s initiative.

Now in its third decade of service, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) is recognized as one of the most effective private veterans’ transition programs in the country. The NECHV has developed a comprehensive “continuum of care” to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and access to Single Room Occupancy apartments, in tandem with specialized support services. The Center is open to accept veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers veteran residents three hot meals daily, showers, lockers and access to a no-cost clothing “store.” Programs and services offered include one-on-one case management; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling; alcohol and substance abuse counseling; a post-detox 180-day stabilization program; veterans benefits counseling; life skills and job training; job placement; a rental assistance program; and assistance with permanent housing placement. We also provide free, in-house medical care and triage, VA representatives and legal services. For more information on our programs and services, please check out the rest of our website.