From Maureen Grannan –August 25, 2022
I am writing to you today to let you know of my decision to retire. After 50 years of working with and caring for people, I find the need to devote more quality time to myself and my family. I plan to leave at the end of October when a new director has been hired. I will assist with the new director’s transition and will also finish up any projects that are in process.
Having worked at Newton at Home since 2010 in a variety of roles, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with very interesting members, dedicated volunteers, and committed staff. It has always been amazing to me how this group of people banded together and formed this organization with such an important mission. The growth has been amazing over the 12 years! Newton at Home has developed into a very sophisticated organization serving the needs of Newton residents who wish to remain in their homes. We have grown the membership, staff, vendor list, and social/cultural programming. We made it through the pandemic together by supporting each other, providing education and interpretation of guidelines, providing knowledge of how to use Zoom meetings, Facebook and other social media platforms.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all our volunteers who work so hard to assist our members in getting to where they want to go, fixing things in their homes, teaching computer skills, grocery shopping and making check in phone calls. Your caring and compassion is second to none! We truly are a model for volunteerism in this community. Please know how much the staff and I appreciate all that you do.
Our members have been wonderful in sharing their fascinating life stories. It is hard to determine who gains the most from the friendships that develop between the volunteers and the members. Our members are gracious and patient and have taken advantage of all the services and programs that we offer. Hopefully your lives have been enriched by your participation in our programs.
The Newton at Home Board of Directors is strong and very supportive of the members, volunteers, and staff. I am grateful for their thoughts, creative ideas, dedication, and support of me and the mission of Newton at Home.
Lastly . . .the staff of Newton at Home has worked tirelessly over the years to build the membership, coordinate services and programs, and support our members with check-ins, referrals, and consultations with family members. The staff is a very dedicated group of women who care deeply about our members and their wellbeing. I could not have asked for a more wonderful group of women with whom to work. I will miss you terribly, but with very fond memories of the experiences that we have shared, the laughs and the work that we have done.
As I venture off in a new direction, I wish you all well in the future. It has been my distinct honor, privilege and pleasure to serve as the Director of such a very special group of people. I am sure that the momentum will continue to grow and that Newton at Home will continue to collaborate with other services in Newton to meet the needs of our older residents.
Hugs to you all! And THANKS from the bottom of my heart!