Caleb says good-bye to Bobbie Gaudes


July 11, 2011
WHITEFIELD Caleb Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers gave an emotional farewell to their long-time leader on Thursday afternoon at their Whitefield office. Bobbie Gaudes, who has been the group's executive director for the past 11 years, has recently stepped down to become a care-giver in Whitefield for the Granite State Independent Living Foundation.

Gaudes led the non-profit group that provides various services to elderly people that include personal visits, rides to appointments and light house-keeping, through several important changes. During her tenure, they moved from the Highland House to their King Square office, changed their name, broke away from the Swampscott, MA -based Caleb Foundation and became their own stand-alone non-profit. Gaudes also started the popular program that provides pet food to needy seniors.

Duringthe brief program, Larry Berg, Caleb's Board President, praised Gaudes for her energy, enthusiasm and caring spirit and credited her "with all the lives that you changed." Others added their accolades including, Rev. Clifford Vendt, who formerly served on Caleb's board, "She's done a tremendous job," he said, "and is always thinking of new ideas and loves every single one of her clients."

Beth Vincent ,of Lancaster, who is the service coordinator at the McIntyre School Apartments, started as a Caleb volunteer and was paired up with her 91-year old neighbor. The relationship enriched her life and the two have become friends. "I love Caleb, " she said.

In her brief remarks, Gaudes thanked everyone for their support and said , "The hardest part is leaving the people."

Peter Riviere, of Lancaster, formerly the Executive Director of the Coos Economic Development Corporation, has been hired as the Interim Executive Director. His primary focus will be working with the board to develop a strategic plan and eventually expanding Caleb's mission to include advocacy.

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