Boston, MA: On December 11, 2018, Arlene Crosby, Outreach Case Manager at Duffy Health Center, was presented with the Ed O’Neil Award by the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) at their Annual Meeting. Arlene was joined by her children and colleagues to receive the award, which was presented by MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn and the family of Ed O’Neil.
The Ed O’Neil Award recognizes an exceptional direct care worker from a MHSA member agency who has demonstrated a strong commitment to ending homelessness. The award is named in honor of the late Ed O’Neil, who was a longtime advocate for homeless individuals, a U.S. Navy Veteran and a counselor for people with substance use disorders.
When asked about her achievements, Crosby stressed that she does not do this work alone. “You have to be passionate to do the work that we do,” she said. “I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by such brilliant, supportive, and compassionate coworkers and members of the community.” The mission of Duffy Health Center is to provide comprehensive, integrated health care and support services to persons who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness on Cape Cod, and to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations through community collaborations, leadership, and advocacy. To learn more about Duffy Health Center, visit our website at DuffyHealthCenter.org.
The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Massachusetts, with a particular focus on unaccompanied adults. Through advocacy, collaboration, education, and innovative program development, MHSA focuses on evidence-based solutions that reduce public reliance on emergency resources and prioritize access to stable housing and individualized support services. For more information, please visit www.mhsa.net.