Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center to Host Third Annual Speakers Series

Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center will host its Third Annual Jesse H. Stallings, Jr. Memorial Speakers Series on Thursday October 21, 2021 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. This is a free, online event open to all.

This year’s speaker will be former US Army 1st Lieutenant Melissa Stockwell. Melissa is a U.S. Army Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient as well as the first Iraq War Veteran to compete at the Paralympic Games becoming a 3-Time Paratriathlon World Champion and 2-Time Paralympian.

Stockwell speaks about the power of choice with an inspiring message of perseverance and perspective. From her active duty assignment in Baghdad to the Paralympic Games, her powerful presentation is aimed to inspire listeners to see ability over disability.

“We are honored and excited to have Lieutenant Stockwell joining us this year,” says Stephanie Marchetti, MVOC Executive Director, “she shares a powerful message that is relevant to so many of the veteran MVOC serves. I can’t wait to hear her speak, and I hope to see lots of folks join us in listening.”

The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center serves those who have served by supporting military veterans and their families in need of assistance to develop a resilient, self-sufficient lifestyle essential to succeed in today’s environment.

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From the Gardner News: Elks Lodge 1426 donates to MVOC

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Gardner Elks Lodge 1426 made a $1,000 donation to the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center on August 6th.

Pictured below: Michael Kowalewicz presents to Stephanie Marchetti, Executive Director of the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, a donation of $1,000 as Tim Landry looks on. These funds were raised during the Gardner Elks Veterans Turkey Raffle. Funds will be used specifically for Unity House, a men’s residence in Gardner that Michael’s late wife Jean was instrumental in starting decades ago.

From the Gardner News: State and local officials tour MVOC building

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Members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal affairs joined local officials for a tour of the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center on July 12. Leading the tour was MVOC Executive Director Stephanie Marchetti.

From left: MVOC board of director members Dan Piper and Bob Rice; Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson; Rep Paul McMurtry; Sen John Velis; MVOC Executive Director Stephanie Marchetti; Sen John Cronin; Rep Jon Zlotnik, Rep Kelly Pease; Rep Ted Philips

MVOC’s Executive Director Stephanie Marchetti discusses the organization’s future plans with state and local officials during their July 12, 2021 visit.

MVOC hosts first resident event of the summer

On Wednesday July 7, in observation of Independence Day, Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC) hosted a “4th on the 7th” BBQ at its main building. This marks the MVOC’s first gathering since before the pandemic.

Residents of the MVOC’s five facilities gathered with staff for a casual BBQ and an introduction back into the community programming MVOC is known to host for area veterans.

“Residents and staff have missed the opportunity to gather and relax together this past year,” notes Executive Director Stephanie Marchetti, “so we were all excited for this return to normalcy and fun. The MVOC looks forward to reinvigorating community engagement and activities over the next few months.”

MVOC offers veterans throughout central Massachusetts housing, mental health counseling, employment skills building, personal development, and benefits resource guidance. The organization also assists with transportation and food security.

For the remainder of summer, the MVOC is open by appointment to Veterans and their families in need of mental health counseling and benefits guidance. The food and clothing pantry is open, no appointment needed, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-12pm. The organization looks forward to reopening its walk-in center at 268 Central Street in Gardner on Tuesday September 7th.

Stephanie Marchetti named Executive Director of Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center in Gardner

Stephanie Marchetti- Executive DirectorGARDNER, MA – The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC) has named Stephanie Marchetti as their new executive director. Marchetti joins the organization following a decade of public service in the education sector, most recently at Mount Wachusett Community College. She had also served on the Board of Directors of MVOC for nearly eighteen months prior to her appointment as Executive Director and is well-poised to support the work of this strong organization and its’ 40-year legacy within central Massachusetts.

“I am excited to not just continue leading Cathy McWilliams’ vision of veterans support throughout our region,” expressed Marchetti, “but to elevate and grow it. This is a population of folks that deserve a high level of respect and dignity in care and that is what they’ve been able to find at MVOC for many years.”

MVOC offers veterans throughout central Massachusetts housing, mental health counseling, employment skills building, personal development, and benefits resource guidance. The organization further assists with transportation and food security.

Marchetti will take over the position from Charles Murphy, who is returning to his previous job leading a nonprofit health center in Boston.

“I leave MVOC in good hands,” he said. “The organization has been looking ahead towards an expansion of services and opportunities for our veterans, and Steph’s service on the board of directors sets her up to step in and continue moving things forward.”

“I have the utmost confidence in Stephanie’s ability to be Executive Director of the MVOC. Her education, experience, and time at MWCC, which includes working with veterans seeking to pursue further education, will serve the organization well,” said Brad Heglin, Board Member. “I look forward to her leadership and am thrilled to have her serve in this role.”

Marchetti has been serving the North Central Massachusetts Community for many years as an advocate for access and equity in education. She volunteers service as the Secretary of the Alumni Board of Trustees at Fitchburg State University, from which she hails two degrees in Communications. She is currently completing a doctoral program in Leadership from Maryville University of St. Louis. She lives in Ashburnham with her husband and their four rescue pets.

Charles Murphy named executive director of Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center in Gardner

image of Charles MurphyGARDNER — The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC) has named Charles A. Murphy as executive director. Murphy, a Marine Corps veteran who has held the role of interim executive director since November 2018, will continue to lead a team of committed professionals providing critical services to veterans and their families in the Greater Gardner region.

“I’m honored and excited to take on the executive director role full time,” Murphy said. “Providing support to our military veterans and their families as they develop resilient, self-sufficient lifestyles has never been more important.”

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