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Serving the Greater Wareham/New Bedford Community.

Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

  • Nicholas C. Decas – President
  • Rosanne Crowley – Vice President
  • Pauline Lally – Treasurer
  • Cynthia Thomas – Secretary
  • Stephen Reale
  • Anita Smith
  • Kristian Stoltenberg
  • Allen Days
  • James Ayers

Jackie Arsenault, Executive Director

Born in Ireland, she came to this country with her parents when she was just 4 years old. Because of this, Jackie is keenly aware of how hard it is for clients that are new to the country, especially those that don’t speak English. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and finds that that has helped her navigate through some of life’s challenges. Jackie spent many years as a stay-at-home mom of three kids who are now grown. She lives in Plymouth with her wonderful husband who can often be found helping out at the pantry. She frequently drafts her children or mother to come and volunteer, which they happily do. When not at the pantry, Jackie enjoys scrapbooking, reading, travel and most of all, being with her family.

Fr. Columban Crotty – Chaplain

The Family Pantry-Damien’s Place Board of Directors has named Fr. Columban Crotty, SS.CC. as chaplain. He will continue our ministry to serve the poor and needy started in 1992 by Fr. Gabriel Healy and Fr. Thomas McElroy.

Fr. Crotty has been a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts since 1951. After ordination in 1958 he studied Canon Law until 1960 and was then assigned to the Japanese mission where he worked until 1977 when he became non-resident councilor of the General Government working in Washington, D.C. He also has worked in vocation recruitment and in the Enthronement Apostolate. He worked as pastor in Fairhaven at St. Joseph’s and in Seat Pleasant, MD at St. Margaret’s. He served as provincial of the East Coast Province from 1991 to 1997. He was then sent to India, the Philippines and subsequently back to India until 2007. 

He then returned to the parish in Seat Pleasant, MD and then to India until 2020.

Fr. Crotty is committed to our mission as he continues this important ministry to fight hunger and food insecurity in our local communities.Anita Smith