Holiday festivities bring communities together

Published 12/14/2012

FHR New Bedford South and North teams’ staff and persons served gather for holiday parties

New Bedford, MA, and Acushnet, MA – December 13, 2012 – Energy and good cheer filled the air as FHR (Fellowship Health Resources) New Bedford celebrated a year of achievement. Bound together by common experiences, more than 100 of FHR’s staff and persons served gathered in song and dance. Holiday parties were held at the Fort Taber Community Center and the Century House on Tuesday and Thursday, signifying the true meaning of the agency’s mission.

At the FHR South gathering in New Bedford, the centerpiece of the festivities was the musical performance contributed by a choir of FHR staff. Richard Savino, an FHR Addiction Specialist, led the vocalists and played the guitar in an ensemble of holiday music, including favorites such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "Jingle Bells." Savino shared his perspective on the individuals gathered, stating that, "This makes them see that they are part of something bigger - the fellowship - that they are part of a community and we value what they have to bring to the community." He went on to say, "That's why we’re all in this together and doing this together."

Regional Director Kim Mello commented, "It's a really nice time for all of us to get together and celebrate the holiday season ... to see the smiling faces. A lot of our folks tend to isolate themselves and this offers them an opportunity to celebrate, to come out, get together and be with their peers.”

In addition to the holiday music, the celebrations allowed those present to participate in activities and catered meals, provided by Me & Ed’s Restaurant “On The Go Catering” and the Century House.

Mello explained that without the hard work and commitment of the staff, events such as these holiday parties would not be possible. "What we see here today truly reflects our employees’ commitment to each person they serve.” Confirming the supportiveness and dedicated nature of the staff, one person served volunteered her profound appreciation for FHR employees and their perseverance throughout her personal journey.

Summarizing the events, Savino smiled and shared that the holiday message from FHR New Bedford was hope. "Hold on to the hope … recovery is real."