Beverly Bootstraps was first established in 1992 as a Food Pantry in the basement of the First Baptist Church. With the generous support of our donors, volunteers and the community at large, we have grown to be a leading social service agency on the North Shore. We are unique in our approach to the issues of hunger. While recognizing that people need food in hand to stem immediate hunger, our clients also need the opportunity to be embraced by the community, educated about the resources available and empowered to improve their own lives. As we continue to grow, our commitment to the community remains the same: to provide critical resources to families and individuals so that they may achieve self-sufficiency. We accomplish this while maintaining our commitment to fiscal responsibility and serving as trusted stewards of the organization.




In response to the needs of our community, the parishioners at First Baptist Church started a small food pantry.



A community outreach program was started to address the root causes of hunger and assist clients in achieving self-sufficiency.



Our Adopt-A-Family holiday program was started to help provide gifts to low-income children. Since then, this program has grown tremendously and provides gifts to over 650 children annually.



We began to provide low-income children with the school supplies needed to start the school year. The Back-To-School Backpack program is now an annual event in which donors help local children in need.



The Thrift Shop was opened to offer affordable clothing and goods to clients and residents.



Offices and Services moved to 371 Cabot Street, where all programs could be managed from one location and the Thrift Shop moved to 198 Rantoul Street.



The Board of Directors officially voted to offer services to both Beverly and Manchester residents.



As need grew during and after The Great Recession, the number of clients served through our programs tripled.



The Board of Directors voted in a strategic plan identifying the need for a new facility.



Offices and Services were relocated to 35 Park Street after the new building was purchased and renovated and the Thrift Shop fully expanded.



Beverly Bootstraps celebrates 25 years of providing critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency.



Beverly Bootstraps began a collaboration with Acord Food Pantry to provide on-site Case Management to the residents of Essex, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich and Topsfield.


Sue Gabriel, Executive Director

Sue’s path to the helm of Beverly Bootstraps includes almost 30 years in the non-profit sector. Since 2008, Sue has led Beverly Bootstraps from a grass-roots organization to a mid-sized non-profit. Sue’s career includes various leadership roles including Director of Development for Beverly School for the Deaf, sole proprietor of Marketing Success and Director of Tourism for Thoroughbred Country in South Carolina. Sue is involved with many local organizations. She is a Trustee of Beverly’s Affordable Housing Trust, Board Member for the Beverly Rotary Club, Advisory Member of Greater Boston Food Bank and Trustee to Fisher and Fuel Trust. Sue resides in Beverly, MA with her husband and three children.


Heather Johnston, Director of Development & External Affairs

As Director of Development & External Affairs, Heather oversees all fundraising efforts, marketing/communications, and volunteer activities. Heather has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management and has held various leadership roles for Easter Seals NH, Wide Horizons for Children, and Anna Jaques Hospital. In addition, Heather has been actively involved in a variety of volunteer leadership roles, including President of the New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and has been on the national board of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Heather is actively involved in many local organizations throughout the Greater Beverly community. Heather holds a B.S. in Business with an Economics/Finance Minor. Heather resides in Beverly with her husband and two daughters.


Gregory Ezell, Director of Client Support

As Director of Client Support, Gregory oversees the creation, implementation and continuation of our Client Support and Food Assistance programming. Gregory has worked for Beverly Bootstraps for over a decade with a majority of his time in their Client Support department, working directly with clients and their families. He has over 15 years in the non-profit and human services field including working with the Department of Youth Services, Department of Mental Health and Department of Children and Families. Gregory resides in Beverly with his wife and two daughters.


Edwin Silva, Thrift Shop Manager

As Thrift Shop Manager, Edwin oversees all retail aspects of our Thrift Shop as well as Thrift Shop donations and personnel/volunteers. Edwin has over 25 years of experience in Retail/Food management and has held various management roles for McDonalds, Boston Market, GameStop and most recently Dollar General. Edwin has volunteered with his church and many other organizations. Edwin holds an A.A. degree in Hospitality/Retail management. Edwin resides in Revere with his son and family.


2020 Board of Directors

Thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors for their time and support.

  • Melissa Dane, President
  • Meredith Sobol, Vice President
  • Allan Huntley, Treasurer
  • Jeffrey Roberts, Clerk
  • Edward Cahill
  • Laurence Chase
  • Amanda Dobbins
  • Marilyn Kramer
  • Mark Munoz
  • Mark Paluzzi
  • Michael Wheeler
  • Sarah Willwerth-Dyer

Friends of Beverly Bootstraps

This group of former board members and members of board appointed committees have accepted our invitation to join this group of dedicated individuals and be recognized for their involvement in guiding us to be the organization we are today.


Advisors are community members with specific expertise asked by the Board of Directors to advise Board Committees. Advisors attend committee meetings and the Annual Board Meeting in November. Advisors serve one-year, renewable terms that begin in January. Thank you to our 2019 Advisors.

  • Becky Beckman
  • Joey Gustafson
  • David Haley
  • Nicole Ireland
  • Mimi McFadden
  • Bernadette Orr
  • Michelle Thissell
  • Jessica Waggett
  • Lisa Willwerth

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Due to COVID-19, our Intership program is on hold until further notice.




The Director of Development and External Relations manages donor development and all facets of community communications and relationships of Beverly Bootstraps including with volunteers. This is a senior management level position and is an integral part of the Leadership team that collaborates with the Board of Directors on strategic direction. The Leadership team creates operational implementation plans with policies and procedures that incorporate best practices and affords stewardship of Beverly Bootstraps.  This is a full time, exempt position and requires evening, morning and occasional weekend hours.

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The Food Assistance Supervisor is responsible for all aspects of the food assistance programming including program budgets and work plans, supervision of staff and volunteers, scheduling of food assistance programs and in general ensuring program success.

The supervisor will also continuously evaluate ways of securing food to distribute and assess the program for further growth and efficiency in line with the agency strategic plan.

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Seeking Facilities Assistant to help maintain our building, grounds and systems, and to ensure the environment is safe and clean for the employees to be able to perform their duties and for clients, shoppers and visitors to feel safe and welcomed.

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Our 35 Park Street facility is open:
Monday & Thursday  – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday – 2:00 pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday – 10:00 am – 6:00pm

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Read the latest on all the wonderful things Beverly Bootstraps is doing to support the members of our local communities.

Beverly Bootstraps has always been committed to social justice. Helping people who might not have their basic needs met or an opportunity to avail themselves of education, for whatever reason or life story, is at the core of our mission.

We proudly serve, work with and employ individuals regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality.  Further, we ask our community and world to do better and work towards justice and equal opportunities.