News & Events

Our 2019 Annual Gala is live now. Fashion for Compassion 2019, April 11, 2019, 6 pm at The Lantana, Randolph, MA

Fashion for Compassion 2019 benefitting Maria Droste Counseling Services. All proceeds from our annual fundraiser directly support our services. We serve the South Shore, Greater Boston and Metro-West communities. 79% of our clients utilize our sliding fee scale. Our mission is to provide services regardless of one’s inability to pay for services. Our Vision of Bringing Hope to Life correlates with our Mission and helps shape our Values of Acceptance, Respect, Compassion and Healing. Tickets are $75 and include a sit down dinner, fashion show featuring local designers, music, raffles for sale and live and silent auction bidding.  Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Stacey Campbell at 617 471-5686 x201. Our event is live on Eventbrite:

It is also live on our Facebook:

Tickets are also available by contacting Stacey Campbell. We can accept check and credit card payments directly at our agency. Thank you friends. We look forward to another wonderful celebration of our good work!


2018 Fashion Show Gala Fundraiser was a success because of you!

Thank you for helping make our Spring 2018 fundraiser the success it was!  Nearly 400 people came out to the Lantana in Randolph to help us keep our doors open and support our mission of serving those who cannot access affordable, quality, compassionate care. We raised $120,000 to support our program. Thank you all for a wonderful evening and your continued support!


Past News and Events

Maria Droste Counseling Services is Awarded $100,000 by the Cummings Foundation and their $100K for 100 Grant Program!  
Posted 5-31-17

Quincy, May 24, 2017 – Maria Droste Counseling Services is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100k for 100” program. The Quincy-based organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants during a competitive review process.

Maria Droste Counseling Services which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year provides low-fee and even no-fee mental health and substance use outpatient therapy to individuals, couples, and families where payment is an issue. Begun as a mission of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic Women’s Religious Congregation, the nonprofit has been transitioning to an all “lay person” staff. Sr. Elish McPartland, who has been with the agency since the mid-1990s, continues to provide holistic services to clients.

Michael Shanahan, the Executive Director, stated, “This is a great honor to be recognized by the Cummings Foundation for the work we are doing in mental health. A grant of this size spread over 10 years will help strengthen our foundation as we face growing pressures on our budget.” Shanahan went on to explain that the grant money will be used to cover operation expenses.

The $100k for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“Nonprofit organizations like Maria Droste Counseling Services are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to invest in their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc., was established in 1986 to Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlboro and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at Cummings Foundation.


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Remembering our Founder. Posted 3-9-15

Maria Droste Counseling Services is deeply saddened by the loss of Sr. Joanne Westwater, RGS. She passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 8th at the age of 84. Sr. Joanne founded Maria Droste Counseling Services 23 years ago in 1992 and remained actively involved after her retirement as a dedicated volunteer. Our Staff, Board of Directors, friends of the agency, and her many clients, who she served up until her passing will sorely miss her innate belief in the mission of Maria Droste Counseling Services, her exuberant smile and zeal for life.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours today from 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA.

For more about her remarkable life as a Good Shepherd Sister, please see the attached obituary.


Our 10th Annual Darlene Sheehan Fashion Gala is just around the corner! Posted 2-4-15

Please join us Thursday, April 23, 2015 for a fun night of friends, food, fashion and fundraising! We are very excited to have David Josef Fashions on the catwalk and Rosemary & Arthur Wahlberg as Honorary Chairs!

Reserve your tickets today. SPONSORSHIPS AND ADVERTISEMENTS AVAILABLE by contacting Stacey Campbell: 617-471-5686 (or)


9TH Annual Darlene Sheehan Fashion Gala Photos! Posted 6-4-14

Thank you to all who came out to support Maria Droste Counseling Services annual fundraiser. Your continued support was fundamental to our success this year…a record year for the agency’s history! Special thanks to Amy Kelly Photography Photography for capturing the evening. See you all next year! — at The Lantana.

For more pictures of the event, please click here: 

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Please come out and support Maria Droste Counseling Services by attending this very exciting event or by donating a gently used purse!


Free Support Group!  Posted 5-23-14

Maria Droste Counseling Services is offering a FREE spiritual development and support group June 16th- July 27th. Participants will reflect on their personal spiritual experiences and explore how those contribute to their understanding of oneself, the world, and the sacred. This is an interfaith group and no particular religious affiliation is required or favored. Participants will be invited to make a creative work (such as a spiritual autobiography, a drawing, a poem, story, or song) that speaks to their individual journey to take with them at the conclusion of the group. We welcome all people to join us regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or any other group identity.

For more information please call Lee at (617) 471-5686 or email at



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