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 email@example.com 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.