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Plymouth Resident Stacey Cappella honored by The Home for Little Wanderers with President’s Award

Stacey Cappella & Lesli Suggs HFLW
                        Stacey Cappella with President and CEO Lesli Suggs, LICSW

Boston, MA – Stacey Cappella has been a volunteer with The Home for Little Wanderers since 2019, serving as a mentor for over two years, running activity groups for the youth at Southeast Campus and distributing birthday and holiday gifts regularly.  For her commitment to this role and The Home, Cappella is receiving the organization’s President’s Award.

The Home’s President’s Award is an honor awarded yearly at the nonprofit’s signature spring fundraiser, Voices & Visions, recognizing an individual, partner or corporation that has distinguished themselves in service to the organization. Recipients are selected by The Home for Little Wanderers President & CEO Lesli Suggs, LICSW for their invaluable contribution to forwarding The Home’s mission to help children and their families build permanent, positive change.

“Mentors can make a world of difference for kids at The Home who have experienced trauma and neglect,” said Suggs. “Stacey has done just that by showing up consistently for her mentee and dozens of youth at our Southeast Campus, modeling the lasting, loving connections we want all kids to have in their lives.”

Cappella and her mentee, a 15-year-old girl who had experienced extreme trauma and abandonment in her life, have played basketball at The Home’s Southeast Campus, visited Stacey’s home, and have gone on exhilarating day trips together, including watching a New England Patriots at Gilette and riding rollercoasters at Six Flags. Cappella has made an impact on her teen mentee by being a consistent and positive presence in her life, exemplifying what a healthy relationship looks like, and generously giving the time and resources to make their get-togethers special.”

“I became a mentor at The Home to give back to my community and I knew volunteering would feel good, but I never could have imagined just how much it would impact me,” said Cappella. “You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to keep showing up with an open mind and an open heart.”

Cappella now leads a volunteer group in her community called “The Gives Back Team.” The main focus of the group is to support kids living at The Home’s Southeast Campus. She has inspired others to become mentors and volunteers and continues to support the organization in several ways. Cappella has taken the initiative to come up with fundraising efforts, such as facilitating coat drives and holiday gift drives and sponsoring field days. She and her mother, Judy Mosca, also lead monthly group activities, like cooking and jewelry making, for the girls’ cabin and boys’ cabins at Southeast Campus and remember the birthdays of every resident at Southeast Campus with a cupcake, card and gift.