Built To Serve
CNA Stores Answers the Call.
The Outreach Center, our keystone program, has been in continuous operation since 1985. Established in Lawrence, VNEOC started as a storefront operation, staffed largely by volunteers, to provide support and advocacy to Vietnam Veterans. Through the years, the focus of the Center has expanded to accommodate over 50,000 Veterans in our region who are eligible for care. We provide a continuum of care to Veterans, their families, from the very basic food and shelter needs to advocacy, information, referral, career, and education services.
VNEOC also sponsors a number of outreach initiatives to Veterans of all eras and families of Veterans. The Center is funded, in part, through contracts with Department of Veterans Affairs, Mass. Department of Veterans Services, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, and private donations.
Both veterans and non-veterans will benefit from this housing initiative. Veterans will have access to safe housing and support services that are designed to meet their unique needs. At the same time, beds will be freed up in civilian facilities for non-veterans who also need housing and other support services.
CNA Stores is proud to support this crucial service. We encourage businesses to contribute to this endowment to honor and support the men and women who have served.
A group of local angels — "Snow Angels" to be exact — have spent the past two winters voluntarily digging senior citizens out of their homes.
The CNA Stores army of roughly 50 snow plowers and shovelers are known simply as the Snow Angels and have been shoveling and plowing senior citizens out of their homes after winter storms since late 2019.
"It's all of our staff, our bud tenders, our office staff, anybody who is off," CNA Stores Community Outreach Director Scott Winters said. "This is the culture of our stores."
“We’ve got a lot of guys who like playing in the snow," DiFazio said. "A snowstorm comes up, we put the word out to the team, asking anyone who wants to join us. Developing that kind of culture has really made us successful. The more you give out, the more you get back."
Doreen Arnfield, executive director of the Amesbury Council on Aging, said the Snow Angels have been a blessing for her seniors. "This is great," Arnfield said. "We have been trying to get volunteers to shovel seniors out for years."
Shoveling a person's driveway out can be a very rewarding experience, DiFazio said. "They come out and they are almost in tears because they didn't know how they were going to shovel themselves out," DiFazio said. "They ask you, 'Why are you guys doing this?' We tell them, 'Because we can.'"
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