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Workshop PowerPoints from 2018 Homelessness Resource Fair

On June 14, the Western MA Network to End Homelessness sponsored its 2nd annual Homelessness Resource Fair for providers.  The Springfield Republican gave it some nice coverage which you can read here!

The Fair included 8 workshops on various homelessness-related topics.  Many of the over 200 Fair attendees requested the PowerPoint presentations that were offered, which you can now find below.

DHCD HomeBASE Training
DHCD Emergency Assistance Training
Homelessness and Addiction (Opioid Epidemic)
Overcoming Tenant Screening Barriers
Individual Chronic Homelessness
Youth/Young Adult Homelessness
Domestic Violence and Homelessness
Career Services

Special thanks to all the workshop presenters who made these presentations possible: Alvina Brevard and Amy Mullen, DHCD; Mollie Sullivan, Geraldine Kennedy and Hollie Garvey, Mercy Medical Center Health Care for the Homeless, Jane Edmonstone, Community Legal Aid, Erin Forbush, ServiceNet and Janice Humason, Friends of the Homeless,/CSO, Lisa Goldsmith, DIAL/SELF, Emily English, Gandara Center, Ann Lentini, Domus Inc, Jenny Davila, Center for Human Development, Lisa Lapierre, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Konrad Rogowski, FutureWorks, Pamela Wojtkowski, BerkshireWorks, Maegan Pedemonti, Way Finders.

We look forward to providing more these trainings over the course of the coming year, culminating in our 3rd annual Resource Fair (with more space!) next June.  Please stay tuned!

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 www.csoinc.org
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