Category Archives: Press Coverage

Secure Jobs Celebration a great success!

The snow stopped long enough for the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness to bring together almost 20 state legislators, 6 mayors, Administration officials, business partners, our funders and over 100 Network partners to celebrate our Secure Jobs program.  Thank you to everyone who made this celebration possible!

We also launched our new Secure Jobs web pages, thanks to the terrific work of Andrea Miller.  On it, you can read directly about our impact and get a taste of the personal success stories many of us had the privilege of hearing directly at the celebration.

Media coverage helped spread the good news:
Channel 40 News: Western MA Program Nationally Recognized
Channel 22 News: Secure Jobs Program Celebrated at HCC
Springfield Republican: Program turns homeless to self-sufficient; ‘That’s all I needed,’ recipient says
Greenfield Recorder: Job Training Program Helps Homeless Family Resettle in Greenfield
WAMC Northeast Public Radio:  Funding Sought to Continue Program that Helps Homeless Secure Jobs

The photo below captures the broad span of our Western MA legislators and mayors preparing to present awards to our program participants and business partners.  A heartfelt thanks to our elected leaders for their leadership and commitment, and congratulations to all of Western Massachusetts!



Secure Jobs Program Touted to Governor-Elect Baker

When Governor-Elect Baker visited Holyoke last week, he met with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and Holyoke Representative Aaron Vega and they addressed the topic of family homelessness.  Representative Vega, a member of our Secure Jobs Advisory Committee, seized the opportunity to bring our Secure Jobs program to the Governor-Elect’s attention as a core solution.  That mention got picked up by Channel 22 news here in the story’s narrative.

A very big thanks to Representative Vega for bringing this program to the Governor’ Elect’s attention, as well as to the broader community.  How lucky we are to have such meaningful support across our legislative delegation!



Jane Banks Awarded for Inspiring Leadership!

Our Network’s own Jane Banks, program director of Center for Human Development, received an award from the statewide advocacy group Homes for Families at a ceremony yesterday in Worcester for Inspiring Leadership in her work for homeless families in the Western region.

You can read more about it here in the article that appeared yesterday in the Greenfield Recorder.

On behalf of the Network, we share our pride and appreciation for Jane’s tremendous work over 16 years.  Congratulations, Jane!

Announcement of Citizen’s Bank-MHSA-Mental Health Association partnership targeting chronic homelessness in Springfield

March 17, 2011

Yesterday, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced new funding that will put the city one step closer to its goal of ending long-term homelessness. With an investment from the Citizens Bank Foundation, MHSA has pledged $50,000 to the Mental Health Association’s Regional Engagement and Assessment for the Chronic Homeless (REACH) II program, which provides housing and intensive support services for chronically homeless individuals.

“This new funding to support chronically homeless individuals in permanent housing is an incredible testament by Citizens Bank about their belief in the power of permanent supportive housing to end homelessness and reduce costs at the same time,” Mayor Sarno said. “We are grateful that Citizens, led by President Jerry Sargent, is the first corporate partner in this innovative initiative.”

Springfield is one of two cities in the Commonwealth to receive funding; the Citizens Bank Foundation awarded MHSA a $100,000 grant to target chronic homelessness in both Boston and Springfield. A press conference was held in Boston on March 1 to announce that funding.

The funding from Citizens will support tenants in the Mental Health Association’s (MHA) REACH II Housing First program. REACH II is an expansion of the original REACH Housing First pilot, which provides chronically homeless individuals with permanent housing, intensive case management services, and links to substance abuse, mental health, and other services.

“We are pleased to join Mayor Sarno, the Mental Health Association and the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance in their coordinated efforts to reduce homelessness in Springfield,” said Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank in Massachusetts. “This is an innovative model, providing much-needed support to a very vulnerable population, while also relieving some of the costs associated with care for these individuals. It’s a win-win.”

The press in Springfield turned out in force to cover the event. Visit the below links to listen to radio coverage, read articles and view news clips.

WAMC: Support announced for program targeting chronic homelessness

Springfield Republican:  Citizens Bank donates $50,000 to help combat homelessness in Springfield

CBS 3:  Springfield\’s quest to end homelessness

WWLP, Channel 22: Partnership brings funds for homelessness