Father Bill’s & MainSpring names new Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer

Jon Lanham and Liz Rogers join regional non-profit’s Executive Team

Lanham and Rogers

[October 10, 2023] Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a regional leader of services to prevent and end homelessness, has promoted two senior leaders to its executive team, naming Jon Lanham as Chief Operating Officer and Liz Rogers as Chief Strategy Officer. The appointments come at a pivotal time as FBMS nears the debut of its innovative Housing Resource Center model, which serves as the framework in the agency’s plan to transition to a housing-based approach to homelessness.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Rogers, a Canton resident, fills a new role created by FBMS to oversee the agency’s strategic plan, program development initiatives, program compliance, contract management, and public policy. As Chief Operating Officer, Lanham, a Weymouth resident, oversees FBMS’ programs, operations, property management, and IT. Both have dedicated their professional careers to working for organizations committed to helping individuals and families in need.

“I worked with both Jon and Liz before they joined FBMS, and it was apparent then – as it is now – that they are compassionate leaders who value hard work and collaboration in pursuit of bold solutions to complex problems,” said FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski. “They have contributed immensely to where we are today as an agency, and they will help us continue to serve as a critical leader in our region.”

Lanham, a Quincy native who holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, joined FBMS in 2010, starting on the front lines as a Data Manager before becoming Triage Director in 2014 and Senior Programs Director in 2021. Prior to FBMS, Lanham worked for his alma mater, Eastern Nazarene College, and was a program facilitator for the Quincy Crisis Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and pre-law from Eastern Nazarene College.

“Father Bill’s & MainSpring is a tremendous organization that provides an incredible level of service and support to our most vulnerable neighbors and community members,” said Lanham. “I am honored and excited to take on this new role and continue working with our amazing staff members and volunteers. The challenges facing FBMS are significant but with our networks of community and government partners we can continue to offer innovative efforts to end homelessness across the region.”

Rogers, who has a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College, joined FBMS in 2015 as the Director of Program Development and was later promoted to her most recent role as Senior Director of Program Development. Before joining FBMS, she served as the Executive Director of the State’s Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness as part of Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray’s administration. Prior to that, Rogers was Senior Director at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Delaware.

“I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge at FBMS and collaborate even more closely with our skilled and dedicated network of staff, volunteers, community partners, and government leaders,” said Rogers. “Together we will continue to advance the most robust and effective strategies to prevent and end homelessness throughout Southern Massachusetts.”

FBMS, founded in 1982, currently serves 41 cities and towns on the South Shore and across Southern Massachusetts, comprised of three geographic service regions – Northern (Quincy area), Central (Brockton area), and South (Plymouth/Wareham area). The agency, assisting approximately 5,000 people per year, operates two year-round emergency shelters for individual adults, in Quincy and Brockton; a seasonal shelter for adults in Plymouth; more than 160 emergency shelter units for families; more than 700 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals, families, and veterans; as well as programs focused on veterans, tenancy preservation, homelessness prevention and diversion, and workforce development.

This fall, the agency plans to open the Yawkey Housing Resource Center (HRC) in Quincy, comprised of a day center, an emergency shelter, and 30 efficiency apartments. The day center — a new offering for FBMS and a key part of its strategic plan — aims to transform the approach to homelessness by creating a hub for proactive and cost-effective services. The center will provide wraparound supports, re-housing assistance, and co-located programs designed to reduce the overall reliance on overnight shelter among individual adults facing a housing crisis.

The HRC model, which FBMS is replicating with a new development under construction in Brockton, has been hailed by community leaders as a national model in the fight to end homelessness. Visit helpfbms.org/vision to learn more about FBMS’ new strategic plan.

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About Father Bill’s & MainSpring

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) is the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts. The agency, founded in the early 1980s by a group of interfaith and community leaders, helps more than 5,000 people annually who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. FBMS, a proud partner of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton and program offices throughout Southern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.helpfbms.org.