Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program


John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 11, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program

GLOUCESTER — Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade is pleased to announce that five Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) recovery coaches have been sworn in as AmeriCorps members to contribute to the Boston Police Department’s addiction and recovery efforts.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh held an official swearing in of P.A.A.R.I.’s Anita Cunha, Steve Jutras, Tyshaun Perryman, Ursel Hughes and Cheryl Molloy-Emerson as part of the 86th annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors on Sunday, June 10. The ceremony marked Mayor Walsh’s first time swearing in a group of AmeriCorps members.

“I’m grateful for the P.A.A.R.I. recovery coaches, who will work closely with our police officers, to fight the opioid epidemic by enhancing direct outreach and getting more people into treatment and on the road to recovery,” Mayor Walsh said. “All of us have a role to play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and as our first responders are on the front lines of answering the call for help, it’s our responsibility to ensure they are equipped with the tools and resources to best support those in need of care. This partnership with P.A.A.R.I. and AmeriCorps will strengthen our work as we continue to implement solutions that will make a real difference.”

During the meeting, where mayors from around the country were in attendance, the P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps program was highlighted as a best practice. The program places members into service at host police department sites across Massachusetts to assist with municipal police-led addiction and recovery programs in direct response to the growing opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic is the most pressing public health and public safety issue affecting our communities, with an estimated 174 fatal overdoses every single day,” Hunter McDade said during the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “So both at the local and federal level, there is an emphasis on leveraging national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, to address it.”

P.A.A.R.I. currently has a team of 22 members who are serving 53 communities across Massachusetts where they help build the capacity of law enforcement programs, prevent overdose deaths, and provide vital resources to community members with substance use disorders and their loved ones. Since October 2017, the team of P.A.A.R.I-AmeriCorps members have provided support to 3,057 unique individuals affected by a substance use disorder.

P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder John Rosenthal, who attended the ceremony and meeting, stressed the importance of communities implementing a pre-arrest program to assist those struggling with addiction while also working with volunteer organizations like AmeriCorps to provide related services to those in need.

“Thank you Mayor Marty Walsh for making the opioid epidemic a priority and for demonstrating your commitment by highlighting our partnership today,” Rosenthal said Sunday.

With the Boston Police Department, P.A.A.R.I.’s five recovery coaches will:

  • Assist individuals struggling with substance use disorders as they make referrals to treatment, navigate and remove barriers to recovery support services, and provide hope, optimism and encouragement.
  • Connect community members with substance use disorders, or those who have loved ones struggling with addiction, to recovery services.
  • Work across city agencies — like the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, Boston public libraries and the Boston Public Health Commission — as well as treatment providers, hospitals, neighborhood associations and organizations providing related services to assist those affected by opioid addiction.
  • Travel to neighborhoods where residents have less access to recovery services. All of the recovery coaches are personally in recovery and have direct experience navigating local treatment and recovery supports.

“We are so proud to partner with P.A.A.R.I. on this innovative, groundbreaking AmeriCorps program,” said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, which provides funding to the project. “P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps is a strong model for engaging the power of national service to address the devastating opioid crisis in Massachusetts and across the nation.”

The five P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps members join more than 1,200 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members combating the opioid epidemic in more than 150 communities across 45 states. This is thanks to support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees these national service programs.



*Media Advisory* Public Invited to Restorative Justice Forum in Concord June 22

CONCORD — Executive Director Erin Freeborn Board President Margot Fleischman, and the members of the board of directors for Communities for Restorative Justice Inc. (C4RJ) invite members of the public to attend a forum to better educate citizens on the concepts and processes behind restorative justice.

New legislation passed earlier this year will expand the restorative justice model, and a participant will share about their personal experience.


FRIDAY, June 22, 2018

3-4:30 p.m.


Concord District Court
305 Walden St., Concord


  • C4RJ Executive Director Erin Freeborn and Board President Margot Fleischman
  • Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan (A C4RJ Board Member)
  • Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan
  • State Senator Jamie Eldridge
  • State Representative Sean Garballey
  • Law enforcement and C4RJ leaders from throughout the region


Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is a growing nonprofit that partners with 20 cities and towns, their police departments, and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office to rebuild trust and offer a path forward in the wake of crime. We listen to victims, hold offenders accountable, and restore trust in communities. Our volunteer-led “circle” dialogue is called restorative justice. It’s personal. It’s powerful. And it’s why C4RJ is a proven, effective option within the justice system.

We receive police and district attorney referrals and seek to include the people affected by crime in decision-making: victims, offenders, loved ones, supporters, community members, and law enforcement officials. C4RJ took its first case in 2000 and has worked with over 800 offenders in the Boston Metropolitan Area. Our organization is driven by scores of trained volunteers, is guided by a board of directors from the communities we serve, and employs an executive director and staff.

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth (MPY) Awarded $100,000 Grant

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Margie Daniels, Executive Director
467 Main St.
Wakefield MA 01880


For Immediate Release

Monday, June 4, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-841-9948

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth (MPY) Awarded $100,000 Grant from Cummings Foundation

WAKEFIELD — Middlesex Partnerships for Youth is one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program. The Organization, which is based in Eastern Massachusetts, was chosen from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process.

MPY Board member Mario Portillo (The Savings Bank Wakefield), Wakefield Police Officer Michael Pietrantonio (School Resource Officer), Stoneham Police Chief James T. McIntyre, MPY Executive Director Margie Daniels, MPY President Tony Pierantozzi, MPY Prevention and Education Coordinator Camila Barrera, and Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo. Not pictured is Chairman of the Board and Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith. (Courtesy Photo)
MPY Board member Mario Portillo (The Savings Bank Wakefield), Wakefield Police Officer Michael Pietrantonio (School Resource Officer), Stoneham Police Chief James T. McIntyre, MPY Executive Director Margie Daniels, MPY President Tony Pierantozzi, MPY Prevention and Education Coordinator Camila Barrera, and Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo. Not pictured is Chairman of the Board and Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith. (Courtesy Photo)

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high quality training for its constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.

Executive Director Margie Daniels and Board President Tony Pierantozzi will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception later this month at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $220 million to Greater Boston’s nonprofits alone.

MPY provides education and services to communities to reduce risk and improve the health and well-being of youth, covering a wide range of topics including:

  • Bullying prevention
  • Depression, anxiety and mental health
  • Executive functioning
  • Reducing gang violence
  • School attendance
  • Cyber safety
  • Drug addiction and the changing laws around marijuana
  • Vaping and tobacco use
  • Healthy dating and sexual health

“Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, an acclaimed leader in finding proactive solutions to serious social problems facing youth, is growing and thriving,” said Executive Director Margie Daniels. “Through the generosity of the Cumming’s Foundation, MPY will expand resources to support students success at school and in communities.”

The grant funds will expand training opportunities for students, school staff and community members, including parents and guardians. Trainings will focus on building digital citizenship, fostering positive peer relationships and making healthy choices.

“Middlesex Partnerships for Youth is a trusted partner for communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts, and I am very proud to see this organization recognized at the highest levels by Cummings Foundation,” said Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith, who serves as chairman of the board of MPY. “This grant funding will ensure that the great work of MPY continues to grow and affect more and more young lives.”:

“Police departments throughout the region count on the programming, services, and resources of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth to provide the best possible services to at-risk youth and ensure the health and safety of young people in our communities,” added Stoneham Police Chief James T. McIntyre.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk Counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We are indebted to the nonprofit organizations like Middlesex Partnerships for Youth that have a meaningful positive impact on the local communities where are colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director. “We are delighted to invest in their important programs and services.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.
The complete list of 100 grant winners will be available beginning June 7 at

Cummings Foundation announced an additional $10 million in early May through its new Sustaining Grants, which extend “100K for 100” funding for previous winners for 10 more years. Beginning in 2019, the Foundation will increase its total giving through these two programs from $20 million to $25 million.

About Middlesex Partnerships for Youth
Middlesex Partnerships for Youth was established in 1988. The Board of Directors includes school superintendents, police chiefs, fire chiefs and community leaders. More than 90 public schools, independent schools, charter schools, educational collaboratives, and community organizations are members of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth. MPY is a highly effective collaborator, partnering with state and local entities.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates it own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Bill Cumming’s released his self-written memoir, “Starting Small and Making it Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist,” in March 2018. Additional information is available at and


NEMLEC Foundation Announces Annual Golf Tournament

NEMLEC Police Foundation Seal

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-769-5193

NEMLEC Foundation Announces Annual Golf Tournament

DRACUT — The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Police Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its 14th annual charity golf tournament.


Monday, May 21

  • 11 a.m. Check-in and Registration
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch
  • 1 p.m. Shotgun start, scramble format


Four Oaks Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut


The NEMLEC Police Foundation Golf Tournament is held each year to raise money to benefit the 61 law enforcement agencies in the NEMLEC communities. Since the first tournament in 2004, the foundation has raised just under $500,000 to fund trainings that keep NEMLEC officers and its units current on changing issues that affect communities, such as school violence with the School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) training.

Additionally, the NEMLEC Police Foundation has donated more than $70,000 to charitable organizations. A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Cops for Kids With Cancer.

As part of the tournament this year, the NEMLEC Police Foundation will honor Mario Oliveira, a retired Somerville Police detective who was shot multiple times while serving an arrest warrant in Somerville in 2010. Since surviving his injuries, Oliveira has co-founded the Violently Injured Police Officers (VIPO) organization to support other law enforcement members who have been seriously injured or have had to use deadly force in the line of duty.

The tournament fee is $150 per golfer and includes a gift, lunch and a buffet dinner following the tournament. Click here to download the event brochure and registration form.

The dinner will also feature a raffle and silent auction. Those who wish to donate raffle or auction items can do so by contacting Sharon Crowley at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and a sponsorship form, click here.

About the NEMLEC Police Foundation:

The NEMLEC Police Foundation, Inc. exists to promote and pursue training, education, research, projects, and programs that benefit municipal police agencies and their communities in Northeastern Massachusetts. The foundation promotes the public’s understanding of their police departments. It receives gifts, contributions, and grants from individual benefactors or private organizations and distributes those gifts to benefit The North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and its cities and towns.