Arlington Human Services Network gets award from HCA


UPDATED Oct. 31: The Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) held its annual meeting and community dinner Tuesday, Oct. 11, in person at the newly renovated Arlington Community Center, at 27 Maple St., and via Zoom. The nonprofit's newletter portrays what took place.

The Deacon Frank Mendosa Community Service Award was given to the Arlington Human Services Network, a coalition facilitated by HCA, which allows multiple agencies to coordinate services for the benefit of Arlington residents.

Some members of the network attended in person to accept the award, including the Rev. Reverend Cynthia Good of Calvary Church, Arlington EATS’ Susan Dorson, Council on Aging’s Lourie August and Tom Nee, Caritas’ director of property management and HCA president.

3 new board members

HCA members representing a cross section of Arlington included HCA tenants, town officials, organizational partners, donors, volunteers and many others.  HCA members voted on its board of directors, which includes three new members -- Danielle Chery, Hakim Husein and Kinjah Singh. Learn more about all board members on the HCA website.

Award recipients at HCA annual dinnerAward recipients at HCA annual dinner are, from left, Renea Duran, HCA staff; Cynthia Good, Calvary Church; Susan Dorsen, Arlington EATS; Laurie August, Arlington Council on Aging; Tom Nee, Caritas Communities; and Paul Jean Sr, HCA staff. Those present saw a musical slideshow of the accomplishments of the past year. HCA tenant Kevin Joseph and HCA program participant Jane Walsh shared their stories about the positive effect HCA has had on their lives.

Town Select Board Chair Len Diggins provided "a visionary view of the possibilities in Arlington if we let our imagination and passion drive our community development decisions," the newsletter says.

All gathered were invited to be more involved, perhaps by joining HCA committees, such as the Real Estate Committee or the Annual Walk for Affordable Housing Committee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mexican food was provided by Arlington’s Acitrón Restaurant. 

The HCA thanks its annual meeting sponsors:

Cambridge Savings Bank

Leader Bank
Winchester Co-Operative Bank

Brookline Bank
East Cambridge Savings Bank

Acitrón Cocina Mexicana Restaurant
Brenda Malatesta, Metro Properties
Carney General Contracting
Covenant Church
Davis Square Architects
Elaine and Bob Bowes
Intelligent Labor & Moving
KJP Partners
Rush-Kent Insurance Agency
Watertown Savings Bank
Winchester Savings Bank

 This news announcement was published Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, based on information from Erica Schwarz, HCA executive director. It was updated Oct. 20, 2022, based on information contained in HCA's most recent newsletter, and Oct. 31, to add names to caption.

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