Resident Partner Award: Tony Monaco

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Tony feels like he is a very lucky man. A resident of Hamilton’s Firehouse Place, Tony is an HCP resident who is grateful to be where he is and makes sure he pays it forward every day. As a volunteer, he helps extensively in the community, being a good neighbor to the Acord Food Pantry and other local shops, and puts in several hours volunteering at Haven from Hunger in Peabody. In the past, Tony volunteered at Beverly’s River House, assisting around the facility and supporting fellow residents. Tony also currently serves on the Resident Advisory Council of HCP.

About a year ago, Tony was the recipient of a car donation to HCP. Tony has used this good fortune to extend his volunteer efforts; he is able to get to Haven from Hunger more often and has given rides to appointments to those he has connected with at the food pantry. No stranger to knowing the difference a helping hand can make, Tony, an auto mechanic for 50 years, fought his way back from hard times. “River House saved my life,” he has stated. Once on more stable footing, Tony worked to make amends with family and tried to be the best friend, neighbor and volunteer he could be. Tony is especially proud of his children and first grandchild. “I like to be out in the community, and I try to help people every day. It makes my day to talk with my neighbors, bake for them… I’m just a regular guy… helping others. I’m really lucky to have this beautiful place to live.”

Tony (right in photo) is presented award from Stacey Verge of Acord Food Pantry and Tony’s sons, Matt and Joe.