“I had meetings with the other two agencies Citizens Bank chose to see if there would be a mutual fit,” Arsenault said, “and then I met with The Upper Room. The connection between me and The Upper Room became immediately clear, and left a lasting impression. Our initial meet and greet turned into a wonderful two-hour-long discussion that began our working relationship.”
Arsenault came on board with The Upper Room and worked closely with Diane Casale, Greater Derry Juvenile Diversion Coordinator, to kick off the Community Service Learning Opportunities program, where youth participate in community projects in order to learn lifelong skills. He dedicated these three months to making sure CSLO was running smoothly, and identified potential roadblocks and solutions.
When his three-month sabbatical program came to an end, Arsenault chose to stay on with The Upper Room as a part-time employee, in addition to keeping his full time job with Citizens Bank. He soon transitioned from a part-time employee into a volunteer for the Greater Derry Juvenile Diversion Program, where he served on the review team.
In 2009, Arsenault joined The Upper Room’s Board of Directors, and stepped up as acting president in 2012 when the former president had to step down. Now in 2013, he is officially president of the agency’s Board of Directors.
“I just can’t bring myself to leave The Upper Room,” Arsenault said. “The fact that I have chosen to transition into many roles here speaks volumes about the organization, and I am happy to get involved in any way I can. I truly believe in The Upper Room’s mission. So many families need resources that we can provide for them. And even if we don’t have a particular program or service that meets their needs, we will find one for them. I find great joy in knowing I truly make a difference for The Upper Room’s staff members, who in turn make a difference in the lives of our clients every day.”