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Riverside CARE Awards

The annual CARE Awards ceremony (Celebrating Achievement and Recognizing Excellence), held on May 20, 2019 at the Boston Marriott Newton, was once again an inspirational night for all!  We shared our appreciation for the people we serve who have worked hard to grow and change, the amazing Riverside employees who have gone the extra mile to make a difference, and friends of the organization who support our mission.

Among the many stories, we learned how Officer Gregory Shore from the Norwood Police Department sang Dora songs to a little girl as Riverside’s Emergency Services helped her mother.  We heard how Joe Spadafora, who has developmental disabilities, has made a remarkable transformation in his behavior. We recognized Barbara Whitcomb, who lost a son to suicide, and has helped over 100,000 students experience Riverside’s Signs of Suicide program though her See a New Sun Foundation.

Everyone chuckled as Alison Siersdale, Program Director at Crossroads Clubhouse, took the stage and was greeted by a crowd of Clubhouse members holding masks of her smiling face.  We also heard of John Boisseau’s boundless energy, Daniel Johnson’s dependability, and the Domestic Violence Team’s unwavering commitment.

It was heartwarming to hear everyone’s stories and recognize their accomplishments.  See the photos on our Facebook page. Congratulations to all!


The Behavioral Health Community Partners Team, Friend of Riverside

John Boisseau, Employee

Sandra Crowley, Person Served

Gaby & Marc Dalmau-Cardoza, Persons Served

Tina Devincentis, Person Served

Daniel Johnson, Employee

The Meeting Place/Domestic Violence Team, Employee Team

Amy Pietrowski, Employee

Hope Prete, Friend of Riverside

Officer Gregory Shore, Friend of Riverside

Alison Siersdale, Employee

Joe Spadafora, Person Served

Barbara Whitcomb, Friend of Riverside