Brady will be honored at a retirement party at the Nashua Soup Kitchen on Quincy Street from 1-4 p.m. March 31.
Brady, a nun with the Sisters of Mercy, has worked for the organization for 24 years. Her multidimensional role has her performing many tasks for the agency, but a key is her work with decision-makers statewide.
“Her focus is political advocacy,” said Carol Weeks, the organization’s community outreach coordinator. “She keeps us up to date at the Statehouse and on the federal level. She’s always been wonderful with networking and with political folks local and statewide.”
According to a recent profile in Fiddlehead Magazine by writer Stacy Milbouer, Brady thought she would be a teacher, but was drawn to social work.
After Brady earned her master’s degree in religious education from Emmanuel College in Boston, she worked during the 1970s to sign poor people up with food stamps and other services.
Since then, Brady has championed affordable housing and a myriad of causes wrapped around care and support of community members in need.
The Soup Kitchen offers meals service, a food pantry, housing and education services.
“She’s been such a vital part of the team,” Weeks said. “She’s so knowledgeable about the clients who come here. When she greets people, she greets them by name.”
Weeks said Brady has seen a lot during her years with the Soup Kitchen.
“She has seen multiple generations come through here,” Weeks said. “She’s always excited to share when a client has improved their situation so they don’t have to come here anymore.
“It’s heartwarming to know how many of them have improved their situation in life and how good they are doing now.”
Weeks said Brady has been involved in numerous areas.
“She’s in so many groups and committees,” Weeks said. “Hopefully, we’ll have someone in her position soon to pick up from where she’s had to step away as she’s retiring.”
Brady’s retirement comes shortly after longtime director Lisa Christie’s retirement earlier this year.
The Soup Kitchen will be closed March 31 for the event, which is open to all who may have worked with Brady or have been helped by her along their way.
“Anybody who wants to come in and wish her well is welcome to come,” Weeks said. “We’re going to miss her.”
Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, firstname.lastname@example.org or @Telegraph_DonH.