PEABODY — Citizens Inn, a Peabody-based organization whose work focuses on helping families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity, will host its annual meeting virtually on Feb. 16.
At the meeting, the organization will induct its 2022 Board of Directors as well as offer its annual update. The update will include information such as the completion of the Haven from Hunger renovation, the shelter’s continued increased demand, and the running of comprehensive programming for families in shelter. Citizens Inn will also update the public on its Inn To Opportunity Campaign, which is 65 percent of the way to its ambitious $7.4-million goal.
The Inn to Opportunity campaign has four main components: the renovation of Haven from Hunger, programming at Haven, renovations to the Inn Between facility, and individualized programming for shelter clients.
“We are thrilled to be able to launch this comprehensive campaign for our organization,” said Citizens Inn Director of Development Ali Haydock. “The pandemic diverted our plans a bit, but we’re very excited to be able to support our clients in a more impactful way with this campaign.”
The meeting will host a panel discussion on children’s mental health, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Panel participants include Jade Palazola, the licensed social worker of Pathways for Children; Kara Migliozzi, a guidance counselor at Welch Elementary School, and Maureen Fiore, the licensed clinical social worker of Citizens Inn.
“Citizens Inn believes that programming aimed at strengthening the parent-child relationship and trauma-informed care for children is essential to breaking generational patterns of poverty,” said Haydock. “Our case managers and social workers use this lens in all of their work with our 65 children in-shelter and hundreds of children whose families rely on Haven from Hunger.”
Peabody Superintendent of Schools Dr. Josh Vadala; retired Attorney Mary Harrington of Ronan, Segal & Harrington law firm; and chief scientific officer at Be Biopharma, Rick Morgan, will be inducted as new members of the Board of Directors.
“Their backgrounds in law, education, and science will strengthen our leadership team and enhance our ability to carry out the important mission of Citizens Inn,” said Haydock.
The Inn will also host its annual in-person gala and auction on March 11 for the first time in two years.
For more information contact Rachel Leibowitz at 978-735-1585.