Category Archives: Training


Spring Trainings on How Work can Impact Public Benefits

Please see below from UMassMedical and Work Without Limits:

The Nuts & Bolts of SSI & SSDI, Public Health Insurance & Other Public Benefits

Training Description:
This training focuses on how earnings from work affects SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits such as subsidized housing and food stamps. This training also includes an extensive review of the work incentives associated with each benefit and how they can be leveraged to assist individuals with disabilities to transition into employment or increase earnings without jeopardizing benefits.

This training has been approved for 10.5 Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) CE hours!

Target Audience:
Employment providers; case managers and rehabilitation counselors. Participants should attend both days to gain a firm understanding.

Date & Location:

  • 03/06/18 – 03/07/18; Shrewsbury, MA
  • 04/03/18 – 04/04/18; Hyannis, MA
  • 04/18/18 – 04/19/18; Pittsfield, MA
  • 05/09/18 – 05/10/18; Dedham, MA

Training Times:
Day 1 – 08:30AM – 04:00PM
Day 2 – 08:30AM – 12:30PM

Registration Information:
Class size is limited to 30 participants. Cost per person is $250.
Breakfast will be provided. Attendees are responsible for lunch.

 If you have questions, contact Brian Forsythe at (508) 856-2513

Career Services Training for Providers Change in Time and Place for Tomorrow, 11/15

The demand for our Career Services Workshop for Providers Serving People at Risk or Experiencing Homelessness outstripped our space at CareerPoint (planned for 35, RSVP’s for 60!), so we scrambled and found space at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College. The only catch is we had to move the workshop up by an hour (from 2-4 pm to 1-3 pm) in order to obtain it.
This training is now taking place on:
Wednesday, November 15
1 pm – 3 pm
Kittredge Center, Rooms 301/303
Holyoke Community College
Use Parking Lot E (or another one near by).
If you’re deciding last minute to attend, just email Pamela Schwartz at  There is space for you!
Thank you!

You’re Invited: Career Services Workshop for Providers – Wed., Nov. 15, 2 pm, Holyoke

Please join us:
(and please click here for a printable flyer)

The Western MA Network to End Homelessness’ Secure Jobs Advisory Committee is pleased to offer this opportunity:

Career Services, Training and Education Resources
A workshop for providers serving people
at risk or experience homelessness

Wednesday, November 15
2:00 – 4:00 pm
CareerPoint, Paper City Room 3rd Floor
850 High Street, Holyoke

All providers (housing, education, health care, food insecurity, child care, etc.) and state and local agencies are welcome from across the 4 Western counties.

Come learn about:

  • what career services, job readiness, educational assistance and training opportunities are available
  • when and where a referral is appropriate
  • how to describe to your clients the skills they can gain, including career readiness, English language, internet use

Presenters include: BerkshireWorks, CareerPoint, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, FutureWorks, Way Finders’ Secure Jobs Program

Please RSVP to Pamela Schwartz, Network coordinator, at by November 10.

Criminal Justice and Public Health Symposium; Facilitation Training; Cliff Effect Study

A few offerings:

  •  The Western MA Health Equity Network and the UMass School of Public Health are sponsoring a symposium on Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday, September 27, 4-6 pm at the UMass Campus Center, Room 904. Register here.
  •  The Mel King Institute is sponsoring a day long training on Group Facilitation: Bringing Community Meetings to Life.  Friday, September 29, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Way Finders in Springfield.  Please click  here for details.
  • The recent release of the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition’s report “The Road to the Cliff Edge: Understanding Financial Gaps in Public Assistance Programs Available to Massachusetts Families.” To better understand the interaction between public benefit supports and income from work and its impact on overall economic well-being, the Center for Social Policy conducted research on public support program eligibility criteria and regulations. This provides an excellent understanding of the “Cliff Effect” and supports the policy efforts currently underway to address it.




CHAPA Breakfast Forum on Poverty: July 26, Boston

Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

July 26, 2017
(Registration begins at 9:00 AM)
Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer Street, Pokross board room on the 25th floor
Boston, MA 02110

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Space is limited and you must register by Friday, July 21st

Cost:  $25.00 for CHAPA members and $40.00 for non-members. No refunds will be provided to those who register but do not attend the forum.

Join us on July 26th for a breakfast forum exploring three programs that have helped families break the cycle of poverty: The Secure Jobs Initiative; EMPath’s Intergenerational Mobility Project; and Compass Working Capital’s innovations in the HUD Family Self Sufficiency program. Practitioners, program participants, and academics will discuss what makes these programs successful and how to continue building on the programs’ success, including: program design and implementation; outcomes reporting; funding challenges; legislation; and next steps.

Moderator: Soni Gupta, Executive Director, Home Funders

Speakers include:

  • Jeffrey Lubell, Principal Associate and Director of Housing and Community Initiatives, Social & Economic Policy, Abt Associates
  • Sherry Riva, Executive Director and Founder, Compass Working Capital
  • Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)
  • Tatjana Meschede, Associate Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • Trevor Samios, Director of Community Impact, Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • TBD from Way Finders

Visit CHAPA’s website for the most up to date information:

January Housing Search Workshops; Revised Materials

HAPHousing has announced 3 new housing search workshops that are geared towards tenants:

Wednesday  January 4

10 am – 11:30 am
Amherst Community Connections
121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Click here for the flyer.

Wednesday, January 4
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Holyoke HAP Office
267 High Street, Holyoke
Click here for English language flyer; here for the Spanish version

Thursday, January 12
1:00 – 2:00 pm
322 Main Street, Springfield
Click here for English language flyer; here for Spanish version

The revised powerpoint presentation for the training is available here and available for your own use.

Please contact Kate Shapiro at HAP at or 413-233-1500 if you would like to RSVP or discuss other training workshops (train the trainer sessions may also be available).

Thank you to Kate and HAPHousing for these excellent resources!