Murphy named Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center executive director

  • Charles A. Murphy Brian Walters

Published: 3/28/2019 9:33:06 PM

GARDNER – The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center announced it has named Charles A. Murphy as executive director. Murphy, a Marine Corps veteran who has held the role of interim executive director since November 2018, will continue to lead a team of committed professionals providing critical services to veterans and their families in the greater Gardner region. “I’m honored and excited to take on the executive director role full time,” Murphy said. “Providing support to our military veterans and their families as they develop resilient, self-sufficient lifestyles has never been more important.”

The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC) offers low-and moderate-income housing alternatives and residential readjustment programs, mental health counseling, case management, employment training, personal development, veterans’ benefits resource assistance, medical transportation, and food assistance to veterans and their families in the north central Worcester Country area.

Cathy McWilliams, founder and Chair of the Board, said that Murphy has already accelerated the organization’s progress. “Charley has quickly distinguished himself as one of the most energetic and effective advocates for veterans, and we’re thrilled that he has agreed to join us in a permanent role,” McWilliams said. “His entire career has been one of service, and he has brought the same spirit to the MVOC.”

Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services, Francisco Urena said, “Charley Murphy is a true leader in the veterans’ community. His experience and commitment to excellence will serve MVOC and its mission well. Semper Fi, Marine.”

Murphy served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Captain and serving as a Judge Advocate in a variety of positions, including Staff Judge Advocate for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit that deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia and the Mediterranean Ocean. His deep background in both the political and private sectors has greatly benefited the MVOC since he took the helm last year. He served eight terms in the Massachusetts Legislature and held several House key leadership positions, including Chairman of the House Committees on Ways and Means and House Majority Whip. Murphy has also led the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, a non-profit, federally qualified health center in the Dorchester/Roxbury area of Boston and worked for Steward Health Care as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Murphy has worked as a Massachusetts attorney since 1994.

Murphy has remained active in various community organizations to include serving on the board of directors for the Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, a nonprofit committed to promoting the safe and lawful treatment of Massachusetts prisoners through civil rights litigation, client counseling and outreach to policy makers. He has also served on the boards of the Carney Hospital, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and Mil Milagros, an organization that improves the lives of children and families in rural Guatemala. Additionally, Governor Baker appointed him to serve on the Massachusetts Service Member Post-Deployment Council.

A graduate of Villanova University, Vermont Law School, and the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI, Murphy also received a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Murphy’s wife, Nan, is a school administrator in Lowell and they live in Burlington with their two daughters.

About the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.

The goal of the MVOC is to provide quality services to all eligible veterans regardless of when, where, and how long they served. The MVOC will continue to advocate for equal rights for veterans with respect to housing, health care, education and career training. The MVOC provides support to military veterans and their families in need of services to develop a resilient, self-sufficient lifestyle essential to succeed in today’s social environment.

It is home to 12 transitional veteran, single-room occupancy units and seven low-income permanent housing units, a food pantry, a drop-in center, and the executive leadership and administrative offices with a dedicated staff on hand for veteran-related inquiries during business hours. Additionally, the MVOC operates three additional housing off-site facilities for qualified veterans: Unity House (15 room permanent-supportive readjustment program veterans housing), Nichols Street Apartments (12 unit low/moderate-income permanent housing), and Cathy’s House, an 8-bed permanent-supportive/transitional housing program designed for female veterans.


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