Left to right: Dan Vassallo, Craig Welton, Nate Gravel, Catherine and David Gravel, Debra MacGregor, Mary Bellavance, Brian Gravel

Northeast Arc is excited to announce a $50,000 gift to the Campaign for Linking Lives from the GraVoc Charitable Foundation. The gift, which is one of the first made by the new foundation, will support a multimedia collaborative space designed to promote remote learning and engagement.

The space, named the Gravel Family Community Strategy Lab, honors the longtime commitment of Catherine and David Gravel to the North Shore business and civic community. Together, they founded the technology consulting firm GraVoc Associates, and David served for many years as a Peabody City Councilor. The Gravels have long been philanthropic, and creating their own foundation is the next step in these efforts.

“The Center for Linking Lives is a new and innovative way to assist people with disabilities while helping them to achieve their maximum potential and lead a fulfilling and independent life within the community. This is a giant step toward helping to make society more inclusive for everyone,” said Catherine Gravel, president of the GraVoc Charitable Foundation.

The Gravel Family Community Strategy Lab will be used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Job training and coaching
  • Remote supports for individuals with disabilities
  • Partnerships with other human service agencies
  • Meeting space for community partners

Northeast Arc’s Campaign for Linking Lives has now raised nearly $2.5 million toward its $3 million goal. To learn more and to support the campaign, visit ne-arc.org/linkinglives.

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