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Catholic Charities completes acquisition of The CareGivers, Inc.

Manchester — Catholic Charities New Hampshire has completed the acquisition of the programs and assets held by The CareGivers, Inc., after the Manchester-based nonprofit’s former president and CEO committed suicide earlier this year.

The CareGivers, Inc., will now operate as a program of Catholic Charities while retaining its name, assisting clients through the Rides for Living transportation services and the Caring Cupboard mobile food pantry, according to a news release issued by Jim Merrill, New Hampshire Director of The Bernstein Shur Group.

The acquisition follows the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed in September and subsequent negotiations to restructure CareGivers to enable Catholic Charities to assume oversight of its operations.

On Sept. 20, James Wilkie, a Bedford resident, was named interim president and CEO of The CareGivers, Inc., after Weare police announced the firm’s former president and CEO, Donny Guillemette, was found dead in Merrimack, after family members reported him missing on Sept. 11.

Thomas Donovan, director of the state’s Division of Charitable Trusts, said in September that Guillemette and additional members of The CareGivers, Inc., board of directors were issued a subpoena Sept. 6 for failure to file annual reports as required under RSA 7:21 for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In a statement on Friday, Wilkie called Catholic Charities an “outstanding, highly regarded organization with a strong track record of program excellence, whose mission closely aligns with our own.”

“Over the past two months, we have worked diligently to stabilize The CareGivers and to continue carrying out our mission of protecting and supporting the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Wilkie. “We are now well-positioned to build on the work and dedication our 600 volunteers bring to the clients and communities we proudly serve.”

“Catholic Charities New Hampshire and The CareGivers share a strong commitment to protecting our state’s elderly and most vulnerable citizens.,” Tom Blonski, president and CEO of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, said in a statement.

“We’re honored to uphold The CareGivers’ deep history and unwavering commitment to our neighbors in need and discover new ways to deliver the care and support they deserve, with dignity. The demand for these types of services has never been greater, and we’re honored to be working with these amazing and inspiring clients while opening the doors to positively impact many more lives into the future.”

“Our discussions with Catholic Charities have been substantive and thoughtful, and we have appreciated their support during this difficult time,” said Ruth-Ellen Mason, chair of The CareGivers, Inc., Board of Directors, in a statement. “Catholic Charities not only has the back office resources and logistical ability to continue our mission and purpose, but they have the desire to do so with respect and compassion.”

In a news release issued in September, Wilkie said The Caregivers, Inc, is working with Attorney Ovide Lamontagne of Bernstein Shur “to assist us as we work in complete cooperation with the Director of Charitable Trusts and the Attorney General’s Office to address any outstanding regulatory issues our organization may have.”

According to a subpoena, a copy of which was released to the New Hampshire Union Leader, state officials requested:

• Complete annual reports for years 2015, 2016 and 2017;

• Tax and wage records for all employees from Jan. 1, 2015, to present;

• Records of reimbursements of expenses to directors from Jan. 1, 2015 to present;

• Bingo and Lucky 7 receipts from Jan. 1, 2015;

• Records of revenues and expenses from Jan. 1, 2015;

• Financial records from Jan. 1, 2015; and bank records including cancelled checks, deposit slips, bank statements and loan agreements from Jan. 1, 2015, to present.

Donovan confirmed a meeting with representatives of The CareGivers, Inc., was held Oct. 25.

Posted on: November 13, 2018
Topics: Collaboration | Something New

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