John Curtis Receives Award
John Curtis, President of Curtis Construction Company, received the Robert & Mildred Foy Good Neighbor Award in recognition of being an individual who exemplifies what it means to be a “Good Neighbor.”
The Granite Links Golf Club’s Ballroom in Quincy, Massachusetts was filled to capacity for NeighborWorks Southern Mass’ There’s No Place Like Home gala as over 350 attendees came to honor John and his company’s contributions to reducing area homelessness, as well as celebrate NWSOMA’s recent successes, which were highlighted by many the organization’s proud staff members. John’s friends, including members of his hockey team, family and business associates filled the room to honor John’s commitment to helping people have a safe and affordable place to live.
Rob Corley, Executive Director of NWSOMA, introduced John with a story of how he met John Curtis 12 years ago when the organization hired Curtis Construction to gut renovate a rooming house in Quincy and was impressed by John’s tough negotiating skills, professional demeanor, construction knowledge, and how much the subcontractors all respected and trusted John and his team. Over time, their professional relationship turned into a true friendship as Rob and John have partnered together throughout the years to do their parts to provide affordable housing to those who need it.
As a surprise and much to the chagrin of John, his old friend, award winning author and Boston Globe columnist, Kevin Cullen, regaled the audience with childhood stories of John’s ability to quote just about any TV show from the 60’s and 70’s as well as his prowess or lack thereof on hockey skates.
Family and friends proudly looked on as Rob Corley presented John with the Robert & Mildred Foy Good Neighbor Award. John then explain how Curtis Construction’s first nonprofit project was for HarborCOV, a 24-unit affordable housing project in Chelsea, this project opened John’s eyes to the need for safe and affordable housing for those whom struggle with homelessness. In the last five-years alone, Curtis Construction has built projects for many non-profits, including; Just-A-Start, Father Bill’s & MainSpring, South Shore Community Action, First Church of Westwood and Milton Fuller Housing Corporation.
2018 has been a momentous year for John; his company reached the milestone of 20 years of being the go-to construction management firm for Southern New England developers and CDC’s, his oldest child graduated from college, his youngest from high school, and he and his wife Tina celebrated their 25thwedding anniversary. Receiving the Robert & Mildred Foy Good Neighbor Award is the cumulation of 20 years of hard work and he is thankful for the recognition of his duty to civic responsibility and commitment to helping to provide safe and affordable housing for those struggling with homelessness.