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Impressions of Home Art Show and Silent Auction – Monday, 6/18, 5 pm

From Friends of the Homeless/CSO:

3rd Annual 
Impressions of Home
Art Show and Silent Auction

Monday, June 18, 2018
5 pm-8 pm
Hadley Farms Meeting House
41 Russell Street
Hadley, MA  01035

Impressions of Home is our annual presentation of creative works by guests and clients of Friends of the Homeless andCSO through the use of art therapy. We also are pleased to feature works created by artists throughout the Pioneer Valley that celebrate our theme of ‘home’.

All proceeds from the art auction support programming to directly impact the lives of our artists and help them find permanent homes as they build self-sufficient, healthy lives.

Tickets available here or at
You may also reserve tickets by calling 413-773-1314 ext. 1047

The Network at Work!

On Thursday, June 14, the Western MA Network to End Homelessness convened its second annual Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers.  Congratulations to all for a tremendous success!

Over 200 people attended from across all four Western counties; 60 organizations from every sector of our community shared information and resources available to assist in preventing and ending homelessness.  8 workshops were offered (twice!), facilitated in partnership by over 20 Network partners, on topics ranging from the opioid epidemic to EA/HomeBASE to domestic violence, youth homelessness and more.

Western MA state legislators turned out to support our efforts: Special thanks to Representative Aaron Vega, Representative Jose Tosado, Representative Michael Finn and Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose.  Senators were meeting in Boston that day but we had the honor of welcoming legislative aides from the offices of Senator Adam Hinds, Senator Carlos Gonzalez and Senator Donald Humason.

A huge thank you to Holyoke Community College and so many of its staff for their extraordinary support around this day. They made it possible!

The shared commitment and energy among the hundreds in the room was palpable (and fear not, we already know how we will create more room to move next year!) .  The determination to connect, to learn, to maximize every opportunity to prevent and end homelessness among the people of Western Massachusetts brought our entire community that much closer to our goal. Buoyed by comradeship and knowledge, we will continue the work!

left to right, Rep. Tosado, Rep. Goldstein-Rose and Rep. Vega



RAFT Available NOW and New Access in Hampshire County

DHCD has clarified its policy so any remaining RAFT dollars for FY18 can be spent on EITHER families and individuals (previously only funding for individuals had remained).
In order for these funds to be utilized before June 30, applications must be submitted ASAP.
For Hampden County residents, they should go to the Way Finders office in Springfield at 322 Main Street, anytime between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm.
For Hampshire County residents, they should go to Hampshire County Housing Court, 116 Russell Street, Hadley on Monday, June 4, from 9 am until close of business where Way Finders staff will be present to assist with applications.
Please click here for the English flyer and here for the Spanish flyer, both of which outline the documents needed so applicants can be prepared and get their application processed as quickly as possible.