LAWRENCE — The recently formed Fidelity House CRC of Lawrence — a merger of Career Resources Corporation of Haverhill and Fidelity House Human Services of Lawrence — is set to celebrate its new combined effort to support people with disabilities at its "Evening at the Gallery: Discover Fidelity House CRC."
The spring gala takes place Friday, March 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Castleton Banquet Center, 58 Enterprise Drive, Windham.
In January, Career Resources and Fidelity House joined forces in their mission to empower people with disabilities to become engaged community members. The new organization, Fidelity House CRC, helps people with disabilities and those with significant challenges to pursue their goals and to live a fulfilled life.
The merger made Fidelity House CRC, which employs 481 people, the largest provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities based in the Merrimack Valley.
Yvonne Allard, the retiring CEO of Fidelity House Human Services, said when the merger was announced that the two agencies were "a natural fit in terms of geography and mission and values.”
Fidelity House CRC serves 1,200 children, teens and adults in the Merrimack Valley and across northeastern Massachusetts. Services include community residences for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities or acquired brain injury, day habilitation, community-based day supports, vocational services, intensive in-home services for children, and family support. Programs and services are funded by the state Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, MassHealth, private foundations and charitable donations.
Brad Howell, who served as CEO of Career Resources Corporation for 13 years, was appointed CEO of the new organization. Andrew Novelline, president of Abbot Financial Management in North Andover, was named president of the board of directors. Walter Meyer, tax executive director of Ernst & Young, PC, is vice president of the board; Chuck Walker, president of Pentucket Bank, is treasurer; and attorney Kara Johnson of Spruce Law LLC in Andover is the clerk.
Howell, who holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology, has served people with disabilities for 35 years. He has said the purpose of the merger is “to enhance services, improve efficiency and to increase the capacity for innovation.”
Howell sits on the governing board of Merrimack Valley Community Partner program, which provides care coordination for MassHealth members. He is also vice chairman of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors and a member of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers Board of Directors.
Friday's "Evening at the Gallery: Discover Fidelity House CRC" will unite more than 300 local business owners and community members to raise funds for Fidelity House CRC's programs and community opportunities for growth and development.
The evening will celebrate the abilities and artistic talents of the people of Fidelity House CRC. It will feature an online auction with one-of-a-kind packages and local trips, entertainment, dinner, dancing and more. Tickets are $50; reservations are required. Sponsorships are also available.