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News & Events for 2017


New Executive Director for Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation


After an extensive search by the Board of Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp,

 Judith Gough has been selected as the new Executive Director of Mercy Housing and Shelter. Judith Gough came to Mercy in 2015 as Associate Executive Director.  Her vast career in social work includes case management, employment services and leadership of welfare to work programing, substance abuse and mental health coordination, supportive services to those with special needs/developmental challenges and oversight of immigration and refugee services while negotiating with state, federal and international officials. 


Judith holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Community Mental Health from Trinity College, Burlington, VT and accreditations and certificates in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and immigration.  Since her arrival at Mercy, she has assisted with the restructuring of programs and was instrumental in launching the new Greater Hartford Diversion Center, which has assisted more than 2,000 people since it opened in July 2016. 


“I searched for 1 year to find a person with the skills Judy Gough has to lead this organization and found no one with her energy, compassion, and skills” said Dave Martineau.” I have worked with Judy now for two years and I am confident that I am leaving Mercy in the most capable hands. Judy is a very skilled and knowledgeable person who has years of experience  in the field but mostly she will do whatever it takes to ensure our Mission of Ending Homelessness will be completed. “


“The board is confident that Judy possesses the unique background, professionalism and enthusiasm to lead our agency as it seeks to fulfill its goal of doing the impossible; providing each and every person who comes to us in need a home of their own and eradicating homelessness,” said Mercy Board Chairman, Brian Rich.Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation is excited for the future of our Mission under the Leadership of Judith Gough.   




Homeless Advocate and Executive Director Retiring from Mercy Housing and Shelter 


David Martineau, a lifelong homeless advocate and Executive Director of Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford, has announced his retirement effective September 29, 2017.


Martineau, known for his passionate voice and community organizing, has led Mercy, a nonprofit that provides housing assistance and supportive services to people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, since March of 2015.  Prior to becoming Executive Director, he was Associate Executive Director and Director of Program for Mercy since 2001.  


“Dave’s passion for Mercy Housing and Shelter and his work helping homeless persons is unrivaled,” said Brian Rich, Chair of Mercy’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud to call him a friend for life and we salute him as he prepares for his much deserved retirement.”   

Since joining Mercy in 2001, Martineau oversaw the opening of The Residence, a supported apartment program for single adults with severe mental illnesses and opened a “no freeze” shelter for single women that eventually became known as Catherine’s Place.  As Executive Director, Martineau oversaw the completion of a nearly ten-year, $6.5 million capital campaign and renovation to St. Elizabeth House and he tackled the reduction in funding due to the state budget crisis.  “Judy Gough (Mercy’s incoming Executive Director) and I knew 2017 was going to be a very difficult year for the state of Connecticut and all services were going to be affected,” said Martineau.  “We redefined some of our programs, consolidated others, and created a new program, our Diversion Center, to address the more immediate needs of homeless persons and potentially stop them from entering into the homeless system.”


Martineau is a past recipient of the Richard Schuster Award from the Partnership for Strong Communities and is currently the Chair of the Steering Committing for Reaching Home and Co-Chair of the Hartford Continuum of Care.  He is the former Board President of the Harm Reduction Coalition of Connecticut, as well as the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.  He is also a former board member of Journey Home.


Judith Gough has been named the new Executive Director of Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp. Judith has been Associate Executive Director since 2015. Dave Martineau’s last day as Executive Director will be on September 29, 2017.























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