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Financial Coordinator & Office Administrator
Hi, I’m Lisa Swarbrick and I am excited to be the Financial Coordinator/Office Manager of the Grapevine. Since starting here, I have felt that everything I have done in my life were steps leading me here.
I worked for one company for many years where I grew professionally and wore many hats. Throughout those years, I held positions of Office Manager, Accounting Manager, and Human Resource Director.
During my career, I also raised a family and did my best to make time for volunteer efforts. My most rewarding volunteer work was as a tutor at our local Adult Learning center. I assisted students in working to obtain their GED, as well as, those working to obtain citizenship. Later, I joined a committee that was seeking volunteers to help maintain the local hiking trails. It wasn’t long after, thinking that I was just going to help out a little bit here and there, that I then became the Chairperson for 7 years for the Friends of North Andover Trails Committee.
As a new resident to the area, I am so happy to have found a place where I can apply my experience and skills into an organization and a community that puts family and well-being as their first priority.
Whenever not working, I can be found landscaping, gardening, creating memories with my grandchildren, or planning & hosting social events; especially themed tea parties.
Grapevine Board of Directors Statement on COVID-19 vaccination:
The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center mission is focused on promoting the health and well-being of our families and community. In 2021, we are hopeful and look forward to resuming all programs and services in a face to face format. We strongly support and encourage our staff and volunteers to receive vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to take necessary public health and safety measures informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health experts to protect all individuals visiting our facilities. If you have any questions or concerns related to our COVID-19 protocols, please reach out to Executive Director, Melissa Gallagher.
As of August 2021, our facility guidelines are as follows:
Face masks covering the nose and mouth are required in our building at all times for any person ages 2 and up.
In an effort to keep all members of our community healthy and safe, we ask that you not enter our facility if you or anyone in your home is experiencing any of the following: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, fatigue, fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell. We ask that you not return for 14 days and/or you are provided clearance by a medical professional that you or your child are not considered contagious.
Travel advisories are changing frequently. If you have traveled outside New England within the past 14 days, we ask that you speak with a Grapevine staff person for further instructions.
COVID-19 related supports: If you or someone you know is struggling to meet basic needs such as food, shelter, heat or clothing, please call the Grapevine at 603.588.2620. We can help!
Wishing all good health,
Your Friends at the Grapevine
We are collecting rinsed out, clean items listed below for a Terracycle Campaign. Items may be dropped off at The Grapevine or at Avenue A Teen + Community Center:
- Hair care packaging such as shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers, and hair paste plastic jars and caps
- Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans), and hand lotion bottles and tubes
- Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.
Below you will find a list of items that are often needed at the Grapevine. Items may be dropped off at The Grapevine or at Avenue A Teen + Community Center:
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Clorox Toilet Cleaner
- Sparkle or Bounty Papertowels
- Charmin Toilet Paper
- SoftSoap Handsoap
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
- White Copier paper
- File folders
- Clear tape
- PlaySand for our sandbox
- 100% juice – no sugar added
- 2 liter containers of seltzer
- jars of salsa
Parent Group Facilitator & Home Visitor
Hi I’m Erica! I am a Parent Group Facilitator and Home Visitor for the Grapevine. They say it takes a community to raise a child and that is exactly what I found at the Grapevine. I am a licensed recovery support worker and have a passion for supporting families and caregivers on their journey through parenthood and love to see the connections made through this work!
I am a lifelong resident of Antrim and I love the sense of community here. When I’m not working you can find me at home with my three children and husband.
As Hellen Keller said alone we can do so little; but together we can do so much.