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Merrimack Valley

January 18, 2013

Keeping their promise

Group ready to help homeless families


The Glickels are big believers in Family Promise, which area churches began organizing in 2010.

“I think the concept, the idea is great,” Henry Glickel said. “There is a lot of volunteer work. Their overhead is not extreme and there’s not a lot of staff. So, it’s got an excellent return on investment.”

The new director is Victoria McKinney-Vareschi of Salem, a former Massachusetts social worker and teacher who has 30 years experience with nonprofit boards.

“I am very excited,” she said. “We have a super group of very hard workers.”

McKinney-Vareschi also ran two restaurants, Metamorphosis in Lawrence and Metastasis in Salem. She previously was executive director of Keep Sound Minds, a nonprofit that promotes mental health awareness.

She recently attained a master’s degree in management of nonprofits from Cambridge College.

“Fund the Van” night will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and there will be raffles and a silent auction. Email robynglickel@comcast.net by noon Jan. 26 for reservations. Tickets are limited to the first 150 people.

The Family Promise annual meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Calvary Bible Church, 145 Hampstead Road, Derry.

Nesheim said Family Promise expects to hold an open house for the day center in the coming weeks.

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