The following post is from Robyn Frost, our Executive Director, on behalf of the entire Coalition team.
January 31, 2017
It always is hard to say goodbye to anyone, but this goodbye may be one of the hardest. Lois Ferraresso, our Associate Director, is retiring today. We are all excited for the next chapter in Lois’ life, but she will be sorely missed. There is so much the Coalition needs to thank her for since joining the team in 1992. It does not feel like it has been that many years that Lois has been with the Coalition until you begin to look at what has been accomplished during her tenure.
Lois first started with the Coalition as a volunteer, then working with the Furniture Bank, then to event planner, and now as Associate Director. I have had the pleasure to work with her for 24 years and we have worked very closely on many, many projects, and it is because of her tireless efforts that this agency has grown to what it is today. I truly can say that she and I have been partners in crime on more than one occasion – although we never stole anything, we have been extreme party planners for events from Furnish the Future to the Boston Magazine Medfield design home. There are far too many more to name, never mind remember.
No matter the event, Lois brought with her the energy, skills and her extreme conscientiousness to the smallest of details, which combined to insure that every event was a huge success. Lois has held many different roles that for the most part were never on her job description – actually, I am not sure she ever did have a job description. Her most recent role working on grants management will be the one of her everlasting legacy. It is her attention to detail that has made it possible for the Coalition’s grant support from foundations and corporations to grow over the years.
There is little doubt that the time that Lois has been with the Coalition, it has grown and strengthened, making it possible for the agency to pursue its mission of helping families and individuals who are at-risk and experiencing homelessness across Massachusetts! The Coalition owes a huge amount of debt to Lois and we forever will be grateful.
Thank you, Lois!
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