Christmas Open House

Alumni, family and friends are invited to participate in our annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 pm. Please join us at the McKeon Post for a bite to eat or a cup of AA coffee. There is no charge for this event; we would like to share the holiday with you and thank you for your support and kindness throughout the year. This is a popular event so please rsvp!

Gifts are purchased for each resident and are distributed at the Christmas party by alumni and friends. This gives an opportunity to meet one-to-one with the residents and share time and fellowship, the best Christmas gift of all. Donations are requested to help cover the costs for the gifts for our residents in treatment at the Charlestown House, the Cushing House for teens, Gavin House, Gavin Graduate Centers, and Hamilton House. Your donation can help us bring smiles to their faces and hope to their hearts. More details can be found on our Christmas Appeal page.

Meet our Boston Marathon Runners for Recovery!

We are most grateful to the individuals who are Running the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise funds for the Gavin Foundation. Please follow the links to their fundraising pages to learn more about them!

Hailey Kobza and Melissa McGourtey









Joe Griffiths







Erin Murphy

Career Opportunities at Gavin Foundation

The Gavin Foundation is looking for compassionate professionals to join our team. Our vast array of services include; ATS/CSS, outpatient, school based services, criminal justice, reentry programs, adolescent recovery homes, adult recovery homes and a recovery support center. We have expanded services with more programs and locations and have multiple full and part time positions available, all shifts, including nights and weekends.

We are seeking experienced Master Level Clinicians, Clinical Supervisors, Case Managers, Recovery Specialist, and Peer to Peer support staff. Please visit our employment page for more information.

Governor Charlie Baker, A Voice for Recovery

Anniversary Dinner Tickets Available




Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm
IBEW Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester
Please join us for our annual Gratitude Dinner as we celebrate the anniversaries of Gavin House (55th), Hamilton House (43rd) Cushing House (18th), and the Charlestown Recovery House (10th). The evening includes speakers, awards, music, raffles and a delicious Roast Beef and Roast Chicken dinner. Tickets are available online, at the Houses, or at the Devine Recovery Center.

PAIR Initiative Announced

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services announced the launch of the PAIR Initiative (Personal Advancement for Individuals in Recovery), a seed grant program that will consist of grants to individuals in recovery for personal wraparound services needed to maintain and continue recovery. The PAIR Initiative is a partnership between the City of Boston, Warren and Doris Buffett’s Letters Foundation, and the Gavin Foundation, and is the first program of its kind in the United States. PAIR is a pilot project that is funded by the Letters Foundation and currently available to individuals participating in Gavin Foundation’s vocational, reentry and substance use programs. Find out more about this innovative program.

Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse

Run or walk the inaugural Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse! You can help raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. The 5K is in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse!

Registration begins at 9:00 am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 1:00 am. The 5K follows the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton, MA. Free t-shirts available to the first 100 registrants! All proceeds, minus administrative costs, will be equally split between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Gavin Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 am
44 Edge Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186
Registration available on Racewire

Free Recovery Month Comedy Show

The Gavin Foundation presents a National Recovery Month Celebration
Friday, September 8, 2017, Doors open 6:30 pm; Program starts 7:00 pm
IBEW Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester
FREE Admission and FREE shuttle bus from JFK/UMass T station from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Gavin Foundation will present Recovery Community Impact Awards to:
The Boston Fire Department, led by Commissioner Joseph E. Finn, and Felicia Safford, Boston Public Health Transitions Program Admission Coordinator. Followed by a Comedy Show with Paul VirziGraig Murphy, emceed by Al Park

The Gavin Foundation will present Recovery Community Impact Awards to:
The Boston Fire Department, led by Commissioner Joseph Finn will be honored for their work related to the opioid epidemic in Boston. Commissioner Finn and department officials work closely with the City of Boston’s Office of Recovery Services to ensure that first responders and volunteers in the community receive the training and support needed in response to the opioid crisis.

“The Boston Fire Department, led by Joe Finn, was a natural choice for the Recovery Community Impact Award. The Gavin Foundation would like to thank the department and Commissioner Finn for their commitment to changing lives in the community.” said William Ostiguy, Lieutenant, retired, Boston Fire Department and Chairman of the Board, Gavin Foundation.

Felicia Safford, Boston Public Health Transitions Program Admission Coordinator, will be honored for her dedication to the many individuals she has guided through the Boston Public Health Commission Transitions program, which provides short-term addiction treatment for adults. She is an admired and respected role model and truly cares about helping individuals on their road to recovery.

“Her dedication to the residents of the Transitions programs, and indeed for many others, is inspiring.  We are pleased to present Felicia Safford with the Recovery Community Impact Award.” said John P. McGahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gavin Foundation.

For more information about the event please contact

Susan M. Bradley
Development Director

Gala Gratitude


Event Photos

On May 11th, friends of the Gavin Foundation and Creative Office Pavilion joined together at the Innovation and Design Building in South Boston for the Road to Recovery Gala; a Benefit for the Gavin Foundation hosted by Creative Office Pavilion.

Governor Charlie Baker was presented with the Man of the Year Award, and Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey received the Caring Hearts Award for their support of the mission of the Gavin Foundation. Honored guests included Congressman Stephen Lynch, and former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren. Chris graciously donated his time to speak at the sponsors reception where he shared his story of recovery to an audience that also included volunteers, staff and their teen children.

The Gavin Foundation is grateful for the friendship extended by the team at Creative Office Pavilion, and honored to have been chosen as a partner and beneficiary of the event. Creative Office Pavilion truly believes collaboration with the business community is important in addressing the opioid epidemic. The need for accessible, cost-effective addiction treatment and recovery options in the community is vital. The success of the Road to Recovery Gala is a direct result of private businesses, unions, community organizations, political leaders, and individuals all committed to ensuring the availability of quality treatment for those in need. It has been a pleasure to join forces in the effort to fight opioid addiction in Massachusetts.

We are thankful for the event sponsors and auction donors; the event would not have been possible without you. We are grateful for the time, energy and good cheer of the many terrific volunteers, members of the Gala Committee, and fellow Gala Committee Chairs; Jamestown Vice President Kristan McLaughlin, Gavin Foundation Board Chairman Willy Ostiguy, and Gavin Foundation Board Vice Chairman Brian Nee. It has been truly inspirational working with you all.

We thank those in attendance for joining us; we are grateful you came to celebrate Recovery and raise awareness and funds for the Gavin Foundation programs. If you missed us this year, we hope to see you soon, and are grateful to have you as part of our community. We appreciate your recognition and support for the mission of the Gavin Foundation. It is truly amazing to see how much we can accomplish when we all work together. You make fulfilling the mission of the Gavin Foundation possible.


Gala Auction Sneak Peek!

New England Clambake for Eight with Chef Barbara Lynch

Join two-time James Beard Award winning Chef Barbara Lynch on the Boston Harbor Islands for a clambake for eight! Chef Barbara – the only female Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef in North America, author, and recently named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in the world – will host your group in a semi-private area of Spectacle Island at one of the famed Thursday evening summer clambakes. Enjoy classic New England clambake fare, fire pits on the beach, and lawn games while the sun sets over Boston Harbor and the city skyline.
Includes: Round trip ferry, Island Clambake, and beverages for eight.

Road to Recovery Gala
Innovation & Design Center
Thursday, May 11, 2017, Tickets available