BOSTON— After nominating her for the honor, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) presented Jennifer DeLuca, a Norfolk resident and the executive director of the Fisher House Boston, with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s (MCSW) 2018 Unsung Heroine Award at a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday. This prestigious honor celebrates women in Massachusetts who are tireless advocates for improvement in their respective communities and use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others. As the MCSW puts it, “The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.”
The Fisher House Boston is a rehabiliatation center and place of respite for military families when veteran or active military loved ones are receiving medical treatment in their affliated centers, particularly the VA. With the goal of “serving those that have served,” the organization is deeply committed to alleviating the emotional and financial stresses that past and present military service members and their families experience while undergoing medical treatment in Boston.
As the Executive Director of the Fisher House Boston, DeLuca embodies the spirit of this institution. From raising awareness; fundraising; running day-to-day operations; and creating the one-of-a-kind Hotel Program for visiting families, DeLuca’s efforts at the Fisher House are a true inspiration. DeLuca understands that the sacrifices made by our veterans are constant and around the clock; and as such she makes herself available around the clock to help ease the burden and stress accompanying illness and injury. DeLuca’s tireless commitment to each military family and their loved ones is a lesson in selflessness and compassion.
After the ceremony, Representative Dooley remarked, “I am extremely proud and beyond honored to present this award to my constituent and dear friend, Jennifer DeLuca. Her unfettered devotion and dedication to the Fisher House and America’s heroes is the true embodiment of the American spirit. I have no doubt about the massive amount of veterans and families that she has helped because I have seen it with my own eyes. She is an inspiration to all of us, and as the father of two daughters, she is a true role model for future generations of women and girls in the Commonwealth.”