David Modzelewski, a stalwart leader in the effort to end homelessness in Western Massachusetts, is retiring from the Department of Mental Health today.  His message to us all is copied below.  The good news is that while he is leaving DMH, he is not leaving the Network and will continue part-time with the Mental Health Association, including participation on our Leadership Council and as coordinator of the sub-regional REACH meetings.  Thank goodness!

Meanwhile, however, all of us in the Network want to take this opportunity to thank him for his years of service.  The difference he has made in so many people’s lives cannot be measured in words or numbers.  It surpasses them all.  Thank you, Dave, and we are so grateful we will see you soon!

A message from David:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

After several delays and ‘false starts’ (finishes) my tenure at the Department of Mental Health will ending with my retirement on November 30, 2010. I want to thank all of you for the dedication, support and leadership you have demonstrated over these many years in our combined efforts to end homelessness and to promote the right of safe and affordable housing for everyone. As I look back on nearly 40 years of housing and homelessness work, all of us have much to be proud of and, unfortunately still much to do. Clearly, we are on the right path.

Even as I bid adieu to the DMH I will continue to work on issues of homelessness and homelessness prevention part time with the Mental Health Association of Greater Springfield so I will continue to see many of you still.

Mr.Christopher Zabik has begun his work as the new DMH Housing Coordinator. He comes with an excellent housing and mental health background and will capably and seamlessly take over for me at the DMH.

Chris can be reached at (413) 587-6301 and by email at [email protected]

Again, I thank all of you for your collaboration and your friendship over these many years.

David W. Modzelewski

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