Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation Donates $15,000 to Link House, Inc.

The Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation has donated $15,000 to Link House, Inc. The donation will be used specifically for the purchase of new bedroom furniture for its Progress House longer-term residential housing program located in Amesbury, MA.

Link House, Inc., provides residential programs in Salisbury, Newburyport and Amesbury for men and women who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. The non-profit organization was founded in 1972 and has successfully served more than 5,500 men and women with their gender-specific substance use recovery programs. Progress House itself is a longer-term residential program where 25 men work on their recovery in a highly supportive, safe, and sober environment for a period of up to two years.

“Sadly, substance abuse had been on the rise, and the recent Pandemic exacerbated that,” stated Lloyd L. Hamm, President & CEO of Newburyport Bank. “Its impact on individuals, their families, and society at large are profound. Fortunately, we have in our midst a wonderful organization like Link House that tackles the issue head-on. Their multifaceted programs address substance abuse at its core, and provide a path forward for those affected. The work they do is vital to the long-term sustainability of our communities and we’re proud to support their efforts.”

About Newburyport Bank
Newburyport Bank is a state-chartered mutual savings bank headquartered in Newburyport, MA. The Bank was founded in 1854 and currently has 11 locations in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and over $1.4 billion in assets. Deposits at Newburyport Bank are federally insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), with excess insurance provided by the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). As the premier full-service community bank in the Greater Seacoast Region, the Bank offers a complete range of personal and business products and services, as well as the most advanced technologies in online and mobile banking. In addition to its ongoing commitment to the needs of the community, in 2003, the Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation was created to further carry out the Bank’s long history of community involvement by providing grants to local nonprofit organizations. For further information call toll-free 844-639-3483, or visit the Bank’s website at

From left: Christine Turner, Senior Director of Services, Link House; Tom Whalen, Director of Men’s Services for the Elms and Progress House; Jo Ann Klatskin, SVP Newburyport Bank; Gary Gastman, PhD., Link House Executive Director

Link House, Inc. Will Expand Recovery Coach Services with a $100,000 Grant from the Cummings Center

Link House, Inc. was recently chosen by the Cummings Foundation to receive a $100,000 grant which will be paid out during the next three years. The funds will be used to expand our Recovery Coach Program. “We are grateful to receive the Cummings Foundation grant as it will assist us in expanding our Recovery Coach Program. This vital program helps remove barriers and remove obstacles to recovery. The grant will help us expand the program to help individuals who are struggling with substance use disorders to manage their substance use disorder and mental health to improve their mental well-being,” said executive director Gary Gastman, Ph.D.

Click here to view the Cummings Grant video

Remembering Larry’s Legacy

Link House mourns the passing of one of the founders Larry Quinn

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Larry Quinn, one of the founders of Link House who first led the agency in the early 1970s. The Newburyport native and Salisbury resident who devoted his life to helping others passed away last week at the age of 83. Along with his lifelong commitment to supporting Link House he was honored as Man of the Year in 1979, counselor of the year, and received numerous other awards throughout his life.

Throughout his life Larry helped thousands of people at Link House and AA. “We are grateful for Larry’s tireless devotion to Link House. He helped lay the foundation beginning with assisting two to three men in a sober house almost 50 years ago to supporting Link House throughout the years. He was a beacon of light in the recovery world,” said Gary Gastman, Link House executive director. “Larry was very involved in Link House and would sit and talk to the men after meetings to share the Link House history and support the men in their recovery,” said Linda Corso, Link House program director.

We send our deep condolences to his wife Mary and his two daughters Teresa Quinn Bourque and Brenda Quinn, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren and thank them for sharing this wonderful man with us.