Vineyard House holds annual meeting and elects officers

Vineyard House voted its slate of officers at the organization’s annual meeting held January 23. Mark Jenkins remains as president of the board of directors, with Beth Toomey and John Early as co-vice presidents, Brian Mackey as treasurer, and Pat Gregory as clerk. Tim Dobel, Janina Kean, and Sheila Shapiro continue as additional board directors for 2012.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this terrific organization for one more year,” Mr. Jenkins said. “With substance abuse continuing to be the Island’s most serious healthcare problem, our mission is more important than ever.”

Vineyard House is a 501(c) 3 Public Charity that provides housing for Islanders in early recovery from substance abuse. The organization owns three homes in Oak Bluffs, two for men and one for women. All residents must pay rent, attend support group meetings, submit to regular random drug and alcohol testing, and participate in the house meetings and activities, according to a press release.

At the annual meeting, treasurer Brian Mackey announced another year “in the black” thanks to a strong end-of-year appeal, the success of the organization’s annual Water Tasting fundraiser, and continued financial support not just from major contributors but also donations from a grassroots constituency. Mr. Mackey said that thanks to a committed volunteer board of directors and the resident support committee, Vineyard House runs a “lean operation,” with only one full-time employee and one part-time employee.

Among last year’s accomplishments, operations manager Kathy Ayers-Ferland cited the establishment of a relationship between Vineyard House and Community Services’ New Paths Recovery Program.

For more information, go to www.vineyardhouse.org or call 508-693-8580.