Safety Awareness Day at Haverhill Campus

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June 26, 2014

Contact: John Guerin   978-373-3976    (m) 978-697-2329    (Photos Attached)



 “Local public safety agencies instruct participants on life safety skills” 

HAVERHILL – Opportunity Works, a private, not-for-profit organization that empowers adults with disabilities and their families, held its first annual Safety Awareness Day last week on their current campus on Summer Street.  The agency will be moving into a state-of-the-art, 37,000 sq. ft. facility behind and abutting Northern Essex Community College late this fall.

Officer Paul Malone, the Deputy Director of Emergency Management of the Haverhill Police Department coordinated the event with Opportunity Works managers and staff to create a day of instruction, demonstrations, fun activities and a cookout lunch for all involved.  Officer Malone was joined by Lt. Inspector Roger Moses and Insp. Steven Trocki of the Haverhill Fire Department, Andrew Robertson of Trinity, EMS, the city’s ambulance service, and Sgt. Scott Souza and his work-dog partner, “Ace” from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department along with Sgt. Jenna Walsh and her partner, “Trouble”.

Each public safety agency made a classroom presentation and then demonstrated the equipment and other assets they brought to the event outside of the building.  Lee Barrowclough, Melissa Merrow, Lindsey Harris and Erika Davis headed up the safety day committee for Opportunity Works.  This first of its kind event was designed to instruct program participants on life safety skills as well as to foster greater understanding in the relationship between adults with disabilities and public safety personnel.  Individuals from both the Haverhill and Newburyport Opportunity Works campuses participated in the fun and educationally significant day.

Merrow, the Director of Specialized Day Services said, “The day was fun, interactive and informative and the individuals had a blast!”  Program participant Tricia Borucki agreed.  “I had fun and I liked the ambulance”, she said.  Matt Jackson and Richard Cosman enjoyed the law enforcement and fire prevention demonstrations.  “I liked the fire house.  I learned about fires”, Jackson noted.  Cosman added that “It was fun and I enjoyed the police.”

Barrowclough and Harris, who coordinated the event for Opportunity Works were pleased with the event’s success.  “Nice weather, great demonstrations and fun was had by all”, said Barrowclough.  Harris summed it up by saying, “Awesome day altogether.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day!”

To find out more about Opportunity Works and its premier programs and services, please call 978-358-5804 or visit www.opportunityworks.org.

Opportunity Works participants and Essex County Sheriff’s Department officers get together after a police dog demonstration.  From left are: Sgt. Jenna Walsh, Kevin Cerulo, Sgt. Scott Souza and Adam Lamontagne.

Haverhill Safety Day


Sgt. Jenna Walsh of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department demonstrates a search technique with her work dog partner, Trouble.

Haverhill Safety Day


Thanks to the Winner’s Circle Running Club

Deborah and John accept the check from Dale Eckert

Deborah and John accept the check from Dale Eckert

A huge thank you goes out to members of the Winner’s Circle Running Club for their generous $1,000 donation to our Capital Campaign from their April Fools Road Race. Deborah Andrews, Director of Development and John Guerin, Capital Campaign Director attended the Winner’s Circle Running Club meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Salisbury and were presented with the official donation check by Dale Eckert, Race Director. If you want to find out more about the club please visit their website at: runthecircle.org


Live on local radio!

John Guerin, Capital Campaign Director and Christine Crutcher, Executive Assistant appeared on local radio last week to promote our 1st Opportunity Works Yard Sale which was a huge success! We raised just over $1,300 for our new facility in Haverhill. If you missed the live radio programs on WNBP 106.1 FM/1450AM and WCAP 980AM you can listen below.


Celebrating plans for a new Opportunity Works building

May 17, 2013 – The Eagle-Tribune

Letter: Celebrating plans for a new Opportunity Works building

To the editor:

Well over 200 hundred people helped launch the Oportunity Works in Haverhill Capital Campaign last week during a fun and informative reception at DiBurro’s Function Facility in Haverhill.

Plans for our new building behind and abutting Northern Essex Community College were very well received. The beautiful melodies sung by the Opportunity Sings! chorus, ably led by Phil and Sandy Comeau, were the highlight of our evening.

We gratefully acknowledge and thank the individuals who made the evening such a huge success. We are grateful to The Eagle-Tribune, Daily News of Newburyport and WHAV.net for publicizing the event and to Eagle-Tribune Managing Editor Gretchen Putnam for serving as a masterful MC for the evening’s program. We thank Matt Belfiore, Mary O’Neil and Jay LaFond from Haverhill Community Television for taping the event for broadcast and providing other media assistance.

We were honored with an invocation by the Rev. Dr. Howard Lawrence and supportive remarks from Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini and state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives.

Our executive director, Jane Harris-Fale, Ken Moran from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services; and Diane Fasulo, a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, all explained the need for the new facility and how it will benefit all the communities we serve here in the Merrimack Valley. Dr. Lane Glenn welcomed us with open arms as president of our new neighbors, Northern Essex Community College.

We are also deeply appreciative of the materials that were expertly prepared by Dianne McDermott of McDermott and Company Marketing in Haverhill. As always, the DiBurro family were the perfect hosts and their many kindnesses are also appreciated.

The Opportunity Works Board of Directors, members of our still-growing Capital Campaign Committee and the dedicated and caring staff at Opportunity Works can be very proud of the evening they helped create. Development Director Deborah Andrews and our executive assistant, Christine Crutcher, deserve special note here.

We thank the many local elected officials, including Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, for bringing the good tidings of their respective communities and constituents. Most of all, we are so very grateful to all of our friends and neighbors who came out to be inspired by the Opportunity Works story and learn how we all can improve our quality of life and build a better community by contributing to the building of this new facility that will serve and support adults with disabilities and their families.

John Guerin
Capital Campaign Director
Opportunity Works Haverhill