Dan Harrison honored as Humanitarian of the Year at GrowHope Foundation Gala

NuPath President/CEO Dan Harrison was recognized as the GrowHope Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year at their recent 10th Annual Gala Benefit Dinner.

Harrison, who was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, was on hand to accept the award and address the sold-out crowd at the Boston-Dedham Hilton Hotel in Dedham, MA.

“When my parents journeyed separately to Sierra Leone prior to meeting, they both set out with intentions to make the world a better place,” he told the crowd. “Their genuine desire to help people and improve their local communities is what I truly believe led me to pursue a career in Human Services.”

Harrison has worked with men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 25 years, progressing up the ranks from a direct-care staff in a residential program to his current post as President and CEO of NuPath. Since taking the position five years ago, the Organization has experienced exponential growth and is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the premier providers of disability services in Massachusetts.

In a letter to Harrison, the GrowHope Foundation’s Executive Director, Sesay Johnson, hailed NuPath’s commitment to community as “a testament to improve the quality of life for those in need and to help impact change.”

He added, “We are grateful for the many contributions that (NuPath) continues to make in the community, addressing social needs as it relates to our most vulnerable citizens.”

Among the many African proverbs Harrison spoke about during his presentation, he says there’s one specific saying that has stuck with him throughout his journey. “From a young age, I learned to get my hands dirty and work hard for the things I wanted,” he said. “Today, there’s a group of over 500 employees at NuPath that embrace this philosophy…and I commend them for the support they offer men and women with disabilities.”

The Organization recently celebrated its “Golden Anniversary”, commemorating 50 years in operation since opening their initial program in 1968. Today, NuPath has three ‘day’ programs – two in Woburn and one in Westford – and 20 residential programs across Middlesex County.


About GrowHope Foundation

GrowHope Foundation is a public foundation located in Brockton, Massachusetts. They partner with community organizations and private donors to provide quality education and life skills for youth through programs and outreach in rural and urban communities. Through advocacy, volunteer service and private funds, they support projects to create a better future for young people by building more caring and resilient communities. The GrowHope Foundation believes that every child and family have the potential to succeed.