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October 8, 2013

HAWC hires its first male director

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DiPietro said the HAWC job attracted his interest because he missed working in a social services setting — “a mission that is closer to my heart.”

“I’m really excited to get to know the community in a really deep way,” DiPietro said.

HAWC recognizes that violence “is not a one-dimensional problem,” he said — it affects all classes, all cultures and more than just its victims.

“(I was) really looking for an agency that has a touch in the community and an impact in people’s lives,” he said.

HAWC has been through a year of transition, DiPeitro said. He plans to focus on stability first, then long-term planning, from fundraising to forming stronger partnerships in the community.

DiPietro has already met with HAWC staff and plans to move from Providence to the North Shore soon.

DiPietro steps into the organization roughly 18 months after the state investigated allegations of abuse at HAWC’s shelter in Salem.

The investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families cleared HAWC of accusations by lawyers for four residents who claimed they were subjected to humiliating or retaliatory treatment. It also made recommendations for training, policy development and other measures.

The shelter was closed for more than two months but reopened in February or March and is “operating as normal,” Feron said yesterday.

“The shelter is completely full,” he said. “The way the world is these days, business is booming for HAWC ... There are a lot of different avenues that our world touches, and we’re ready to keep moving forward with Anthony (DiPietro) as our new leader.”

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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