Vinfen was thrilled to have several people we serve honored at the 2017 DMH Southeast Area ACE Awards on Wednesday, June 21 at the Conference Center at Massasoit in Brockton, MA. Awards were presented by DMH Southeast Area Director Howard Baker-Smith.
Frank Mundo, nominated by Vinfen Employment Specialist Steve McCue, was awarded an ACE Award in recognition for his academic, civic, and employment achievements. With a B.A. in music from The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Frank recognized the need to find a “day job” while building his music career. Since receiving Vinfen services, Frank has successfully obtained and maintained several part-time jobs, all while volunteering his time as a performer and music teacher in the local community.
“Frank’s music business continues to grow and he continues to live a rewarding and productive life,” Steve said. “It is very clear that Frank has great hope for the future and is clearly driven to achieve his goals in both music and life.”
Two members of Vinfen’s Baybridge Clubhouse were also honored at the ceremony. Adrienne Bulloff was recognized for her the great strides she’s made in employment. From managing the Snack Bar at the clubhouse to joining the club’s Clean Team that keeps Main Street looking pristine, Adrienne’s positive attitude has made her a staple of the club and a joy to work with.
Also recognized from Baybridge Clubhouse was Carlton Pocknett, who has spent the past three years advocating for and supporting the homeless in Hyannis. With the support of many local businesses, Carlton provides first aid supplies, lighters, water, blankets, and more to the homeless community living in a network of campsites in the Hyannis woods.
“In the end, Carlton’s mission is to provide even the smallest level of stability to the homeless, whether that be by providing supplies or simply by being a friend, “ said Clubhouse Counselor Dionne Dupuis. “Carlton is helping influence peoples’ recovery. And in return, the love and appreciation that they give him help in his own recovery.”
To learn more about Baybridge Clubhouse, visit https://www.baybridgeclubhouse.org/.