2018-03-14 / Front Page

Neighborhood Connections Names New Executive Director

Trisha Paradis is the new Executive Director of Neighborhood ConnectionsTrisha Paradis is the new Executive Director of Neighborhood ConnectionsLONDONDERRY - Neighborhood Connections (NC) is delighted to announce the arrival of a new Executive Director – Trisha Paradis, previously of Springfield-based non-profit, Lincoln Street, Inc. This position had been held most recently by co-founder, Gloria Dawson who will help Ms. Paradis get established – and then return to her “first love” at NC, being a caring clinical social worker.

Trisha Paradis is a Vermont native, growing up in southern Vermont. Over the past 16 years, she has worked in both the medical and human services fields – in a variety of roles. She began her career at The Memory Clinic in Bennington which assists individuals with cognitive impairment. Trisha served in a variety of capacities including business management and clinical research coordination. According to Ms. Paradis, “It was through this experience I realized my passion for helping people – particularly those with various disabilities and other challenges.”

After The Memory Clinic, Trisha joined Lincoln Street – which provides individualized care to people with intellectual disabilities. Here once again, she “wore many hats” – ranging from community outreach and marketing, oversight of quality assurance and assisting in developing a quality improvement plan for the organization… to coordinating clinical services and supervising/training the staff. Into this mix of duties, she also assisted in managing budgets and “needs assessments”, and developed funding proposals for the agency to grow its revenues.

“If there is a single ‘common thread’ with my varied experiences” says Paradis, “It would be my passion for simply helping people in need. I greatly look forward to continuing this with Neighborhood Connections – which has a wonderful reputation for doing just that! I feel very honored to be able to join this terrific team of caring people.”

The primary mission of Neighborhood Connections is to foster hope – particularly for the most vulnerable individuals and families in nine towns of South-central Vermont. Founded in 2009, it welcomes all people who come through its doors and offers useful health education, counseling and crisis management. NC connects people to appropriate social service resources. Its community nurses make home visits, primarily to elderly or disabled residents – and they “walk with” these people, offering support for as long as it takes. All of this comes from a small professional staff – plus an army of local volunteers and community partners.

For more information about Neighborhood Connections, feel free to call (802) 824-4343, visit its offices at The Mountain Marketplace in Londonderry – or visit NC’s web site: www.neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org.

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