February 22, 2020
 
Way Finders President and CEO Peter Gagliardi to Retire

Peter Gagliardi
December 30, 2019 — Way Finders, a Springfield nonprofit that fights homelessness by providing a range of affordable housing services throughout western Massachusetts, recently announced that its president and chief executive officer, Peter Gagliardi, will retire in June after more than 28 years with the organization.

Way Finders will undertake a national search for a replacement.

Board president Trevis Wray said, "Peter has led an organization built on trustworthy partnerships and has been open to new ideas and always accessible. On behalf of the entire Board, I thank Peter for being an exceptional leader and partner.”

The organization noted that under Gagliardi’s leadership Way Finders has become the largest nonprofit housing provider in western Massachusetts.

Since Gagliardi assumed leadership in 1991, Way Finders undertook the restoration and development of more than 1,000 units of affordable housing, became a chartered member of NeighborWorks America in 2008, and most recently, constructed a new Housing Center in downtown Springfield that is due to open in April.

"It’s an exciting time for the organization and I’ll embrace my new role as an advocate and supporter of Way Finders’ mission to light pathways and open doors to homes and communities where people thrive," Gagliardi wrote in an open letter.

Way Finders, founded under the name of HAPHousing, adopted its current name in 2017.

Gagliardi said that during its last fiscal year, the organization "touched the lives of more than 50,000 men, women, and children in western Massachusetts."

Way Finders currently employs 240 people and has an operating budget of $87 million. Annually, it helps 5,500 households with housing, real estate, employment support, and community services.

During the last two years, 463 families, working with Way Finders, purchased a home of their own, more than 300 them being in Springfield. Since 2013, Way Finders has helped more than 720 formerly homeless people find employment in our region. Of those placed, 88% have retained their jobs and 90% have retained their housing as a result of stable employment, according to the organization.

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