DOTtalk: New England Center & Home for Veterans

Thursday, November 9th at 3pm we’ll be hosting the next in our DOTtalk series, featuring the team from the New England Center & Home for Veterans in honor of Veterans’ Day. Once again, this non-profit presentation is paired with a charity beer that we’re brewing, with benefits going to the NECHV directly.

Come by the taproom on Thursday, November 9th at 3pm to learn more about the New England Center & Home for Veterans and its work for and with the community of veteran service men and women in Boston.

About the New England Center and Home for Veterans (in their own words):

The Mission of the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) is to equip Veterans who are facing or at-risk of homelessness with the tools for economic self-sufficiency and to provide them a path to achieve successful and dignified independent living.

A service and care provider for former military service men and women, the NECHV offers a broad array of programs and services that enable success, reintegration, meaningful employment and independent living.

History & Past Work

The NECHV has served Veterans facing homelessness in Downtown Boston since 1989. Through the years, as society has developed a greater understanding of the causes and implications of the “homeless” condition, the Center has evolved and adapted, growing and adding comprehensive case management, education and employment services, focused recovery services, and behavioral health support.

  • In 1989, then known as the Vietnam Veterans Workshop, 17 Court Street, Boston opened its doors. Founders Peace Foxx, Mark Helberg and Ken Smith realized their ambition to serve Veterans of the Vietnam conflict. Their efforts were enhanced by Atty Howard Levine, a well-respected Boston attorney who was instrumental in acquiring the building from the Federal Government.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet wrote, produced, and directed “Sketches of War” a one night theater benefit starring Donald Sutherland, Al Pacino, Don Ameche, Christopher Walken and Michael J. Fox. Proceeds were donated to the Center and other Veteran charities.
  • In 1993 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and NECHV applied to the United States Department of Labor and received a grant of $650,000 to establish the Veterans Training School. Retired General Colin Powell, then Secretary of State delivered the commencement address for the first graduating class. Today the program provides life skills training; personal financial planning and training associated with employment readiness, such as interview skills, resume creation, job search basics, money management and computer fundamentals.
  • In 1996 the Women’s Dormitory was established, offering accommodations and support for Female Veterans for the first time.
  • In 1997 formal behavioral health services were introduced with the establishment of a Dual Diagnosis treatment program for clinical support for Veterans with behavioral health and/or substance disorders.
  • The John Joseph Moakley Veterans Quarters comprised of 59 permanent housing units (SRO’s) opened in 1997.
  • In 2013, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans selected the NECHV as the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award in recognition of the Center’s impressive history of collaboration, service, and results in servicing homeless Veterans.
  • In December 2017, the Center completed a $35 million recapitalization to create 37 new efficiency apartments, and upgrade, renovate and reconfigure service space to enable newer and more varied models of service to Veterans for generations to come.


Learn more about NECHV at their website: