Human Services Updates
New Space for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Joseph Church was founded in 2005. We serve clients who live or work in Lincoln or Weston, the area of St. Julia Parish, Weston/Lincoln. Over the years, the number of clients increased steadily, and towards the end of 2017 we saw an additional large increase in the number of people seeking support through the food pantry. It became clear that we could no longer serve them well in the limited space that was available to us.
In January 2018 we started planning the conversion of the two-car garage located behind St. Joseph Church (142 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln) into a new space for our food pantry. With the expert leadership of Chris Knollmeyer, who donated his services, the new pantry space was ready within a couple of months. We opened our doors for the first time in August.
The new pantry space allows us to store more food. In addition we now have enough space for a refrigerator and a freezer. We can offer healthier food, like frozen meat and fish, frozen vegetables and fruit, as well as cheese, eggs and milk. Our clients appreciate that they can choose the items they like and need most, rather than receiving one of each item that is available.
If you or someone you know is in need of food or emergency financial support, please call the office of St. Julia Parish at (781) 899 2611 and leave a message for St. Vincent de Paul.
If you would like to support the food pantry, please drop off any non-perishable food donation at the side entrance of St. Joseph Church or at the COA. You can also purchase food at Donelan's and drop it off in the container near the registers. Monetary donations can be made out to St. Vincent de Paul and sent to PO Box 324, Lincoln MA 01773 (memo: Food Pantry).
Lincoln Has a New Community Health Nurse
Tricia McGean, RN, BSN, is Lincoln's new Community Health Nurse working through the Board of Health and the Council on Aging. Tricia has provided Wellness Clinics at Bemis Hall and Lincoln Woods for many years and has 22 years of experience as a Home Care Nurse for Emerson Hospital. In her new role she will continue providing Wellness Clinics and expand services with home visits to do nursing evaluations, monthly health education seminars at Bemis Hall, and investigations as directed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on food/tick borne illnesses and communicable diseases. Tricia says "This is our town and I am your new Public Health Nurse, so let’s work together to get Lincoln healthy and proactive. Thanks for allowing me to take the time to introduce myself on paper and I look forward to working with many of you in the upcoming months." You may contact Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Council on Aging at (781) 259-8811.
New Veterans Services Officer Assists Veterans and Dependants
Peter Harvell, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), US Army, is ew Veterans Services Officer. Peter will be helping Lincoln's veterans and their families with state and federal benefits and other service-related issues, as well as conducting outreach throughout the town. Peter served for 23 years in the US Army as a Strategic Planner, Congressional Lobbyist, and Operational Planner in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and elsewhere. He was the Veterans Services Officer for Sudbury and, most recently, for Framingham for many years. You can contact Peter at email@example.com or by calling the Council on Aging at (781) 259-8811.