HomeStart Announces Gala Honorees; Stacey Lucchino, Joseph Antonellis, & Ed Frechette!


By The HomeStart Team

Stacey Lucchino and State Street Vice Chairman. Joseph Antonellis to be honored at HomeStart Gala celebrating 20th Anniversary. Ed Frechette to receive Trent Hankins Award.

Boston-based non-profit HomeStart announced today that it will honor three prominent community and business leaders during this year’s annual gala celebrations. The organization will celebrate over two decades of working to end—and in many cases prevent—homelessness for individuals and families. HomeStart will honor Stacey Lucchino and Joseph Antonellis for their continued commitment and work in helping to end homelessness in their communities, as well as present longtime board member Edward Frechette with the Trent Hankins Award. The 20th Annual HomeStart Gala will be held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel on September 20th.

“This year marks a very special milestone in our organization’s history,” said Linda Wood-Boyle, President and CEO of HomeStart. “As we reflect on our past, we want recognize individuals who played an important role in ending homelessness. Both Stacey and Joe have been tremendous advocates for this shared cause and genuinely believe in it. We are proud to honor them at this year’s gala.”

Stacey Lucchino, a passionate advocate for the homeless in Boston, has been involved over the years with: Healthcare for the Homeless, Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Rosie’s Place. She is on the board of McLean Hospital, chairs the board of Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital’s Program in Education Afterschool and Resiliency, and serves on the Northeastern Board of Canine Companions for Independence. She is the Founder and Captain of Red Sox Foundation’s Team 9 which rides for the Jimmy Fund in the Pan Mass Challenge.

Joseph Antonellis, is vice chairman of State Street Corporation, where he leads all Europe and Asia-Pacific Global Services and Global Markets. Joe oversees strategy, operations and business development for State Street’s investment servicing and investment research and trading outside of the Americas and is a member of State Street’s Management Committee, the company’s most senior strategy and policy-making team. Additionally, he is director of Boston Financial Data Services, a joint venture between State Street and DST Systems Inc. and serves on the board of directors at Euroclear PLC. Joe is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Boston Partners in Education and is on the Business Advisory Council of Bentley College.

Edward Frechette has been a HomeStart board member for the past 10 years and Board Chairman for almost five years. He is currently the Chief Innovative Officer at United Teen Quality Center in Lowell, Mass. whose mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell’s most disengaged young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.

“Ed has guided HomeStart through a decade of tremendous growth and change,” said Wood Boyle. We will be forever grateful for his steadfast leadership and his commitment to helping eradicate homelessness.” He will receive the Trent Hankins Award is memory of board member Trent Hankins who passed away in 2002.

Over the past 20 years, HomeStart has provided vital solutions to ending the cycle of homelessness by working to assist individuals and families in finding, maintaining and thriving in housing. Ninety-two cents of every dollar donated to HomeStart goes directly to support four core services: prevention, housing first, housing search and stabilization.

In one year alone, HomeStart saved 465 low-income families and individuals from eviction and homelessness. On average, HomeStart can prevent an eviction for $700 compared with the cost of sheltering that same family at taxpayers’ expense of approximately $30,000 annually. Since its inception, HomeStart has found permanent homes for 5,000 homeless people including veterans, single mothers and victims of domestic violence. In addition, HomeStart’s Stabilization Team helps integrate each client into the community, maintain their housing and break the cycle of chronic homelessness. As a result, 96% of clients receiving HomeStart’s stabilization services have remained housed when tracked one year later.

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