BTEO shelters adults experiencing homelessness in Falmouth during the cold weather months.

People can survive living rough in the summer but it's another thing entirely in the winter. Freezing temperatures, wet weather, snow, mud, no place to get warm. Or cook a meal. Or take a bath or shave or do laundry. Or plug in anything. Or have any privacy.

By providing temporary housing, BTEO gives our neighbors experiencing homelessness access to basic amenities. And helps them access vital services.

Put yourselves in the place of our less fortunate neighbors and think how you can help.

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Meet the Team

You know and we know, everything depends on people. People helping people, people trusting people, people with big hearts and strong hands.  BTEO has been very lucky in finding leaders who realize our desire to make a difference for our homeless neighbors.

Board of Directors

Lynn O'Neill

Board Chair

Lynn grew up in Falmouth, attended Falmouth schools and life guarded at Falmouth beaches. She started her real estate career in Maine after a successful career as a human resource executive. While affiliated with RE/MAX in Maine, Lynn was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. She has a passion for helping people and has always been in professions that assist people with their careers or housing.

 

Christina Williams

Vice Chair

The Rev. Christina Williams is Pastor of the United Church of Christ in North Falmouth. Christina originally hails from upstate New York, but lived in the Boston area and its environs for many years—working and raising her daughter. After discovering a passion for ministry at her local church, she attended Andover Newton Theological School. Most recently she was the Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Hadley, Massachusetts.

 

Norma Railey

Treasurer

Norma joined the Board in 2017. In addition to her BTEO work she serves as chairperson of the Outreach committee of her church and as a member of Falmouth's Essential Services Network.

 

Edward Curley

Clerk

Ed is the Advocate Coordinator for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Anthony's Church in East Falmouth. He is also the current Chair of Falmouth's Affordable Housing Committee. He retired after working for 37 years in the educational testing business in Princeton, NJ. He has lived full-time in Falmouth since 2012.

 

Paula Cherubini Beckerle

Paula moved to Falmouth in 2014. She is the Senior Development Associate at Woodwell Climate Research Center. Prior to moving to Falmouth, Paula worked in Development at the Tanzanian Children's Fund and was Program Director for Circle of Hope, a Needham based non-profit serving homeless individuals in Boston.

 

Merrill Blum

Before retiring Merrill was the Executive Director at a Veterans Outreach Center providing transitional housing
for 16 homeless men and women.

Annie Polachi

Annie joined Belonging to Each Other as an Advisory Council member in the summer of 2019 and was recently appointed a Board Member in 2021. She is an employee of Bracebridge Capital LLC, a privately held money manager in Boston, an Emeritus Selection Advisory Council member of the Greenlight Fund and Trustee of the George and Marie Chabot Charitable Foundation.

Staff

Gina Torielli

Executive Director

Gina is the part-time Executive Director for BTEO.  Her legal practice in Michigan centered on tax-exempt organizations for three decades. She was the first woman managing partner of a major Michigan law firm. Ms. Torielli has resided in Falmouth full-time since 2017.  She was a member of the BTEO Board of Directors from 2018-2020.

Catriona Purdy

Housing Case Manager

Wendy Martyna

Housing Case Manager


Advisory Board

Troy Clarkson, CFO, City of Brockton | Edward A. Dunne, Falmouth Police Chief | Rev. Nell Fields, Minister, Waquoit Congregational Church | Beth Focarelli, CEO, Martha's Vineyard Community Services | Michael Kasparian, Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO | Matt Rocheleau, Owner, The Clam Man Inc. | Christian Valle, President Valle Group | David Vieira, Massachusetts State Representative and Falmouth Town Meeting Moderator I Allan Wilson, President and CEO, Wilson Consulting