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Grant awards to support Franklin County nonprofits helping women

Staff Writer

Published: 7/15/2020 1:39:53 PM

A pair of $10,000 grants from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts will benefit two Franklin County organizations that seek to support low-income teens and currently or formerly incarcerated women.

With the funding, The Salasin Project at 474 Main St. in Greenfield plans to intensify its work with incarcerated or formerly […]

July 16th, 2020|

Local #MeToo Survivors Direct $45,000 in Grant Awards from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Media Contact: Kelley Bryant
413-529-0087 x113
July 1, 2020
Springfield, Mass. (July 1, 2020). The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has announced $45,000 in grant awards based on recommendations of a committee led by local survivors of sexual violence and harassment.

The Women’s Fund employed a participatory process, convening a committee of women from across Western Mass. […]

July 1st, 2020|

The Consortium’s Statement on Addressing Injustice

From Executive Director, Kristel Applebee
June 12, 2020
Racism – let’s talk about it.  The Consortium has a 45-year history of creating conditions for community by deeply listening to wisdom gained from those who have made meaning of their life experience, or, what we call lived experience. Our Mission:
The Consortium creates conditions in which people with lived […]

June 15th, 2020|

Thank you for your dedication

Greenfield Recorder Letter to the Editor – Published: 5/21/2020 9:03:06 AM

… Almost every family has someone who has mental health needs. Those who are close to that person and those who receive services know how important it is for them to have front line advocates, counselors, direct care workers, social workers and a vast array […]

May 21st, 2020|

Recovery groups find new ways to connect during pandemic

For the Gazette

Published: 4/29/2020 10:18:33 AM

It is often said that the answer to the isolation of addiction is community.

That begs the question: How do we stay connected in a world where self-quarantining and social distancing have become the norm? This is the story of how we found ways […]

April 29th, 2020|

Confidential free help

Greenfield Recorder – Letter to the Editor

Published: 4/21/2020 9:04:20 AM

Thank you for sharing the letter from Mary Carey about the increased risk for domestic violence under the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. In addition to the critical support provided by NELCWIT, I am writing to let your readers know of another domestic violence resource in Franklin County: […]

April 21st, 2020|

Consortium Partners with Local Businesses to Support Frontline Workers


Contact: Mary Kate Farley-Dimino

Western Massachusetts Training Consortium

(413) 536-2401 x5511

Consortium Partners with Local Businesses to Support Frontline Workers
During a time of economic uncertainty, local businesses support
each other as they fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HOLYOKE, MA April 1, 2020 – With societal crisis comes the opportunity for mutual aid. As […]

April 1st, 2020|

Social distancing policies threaten the cornerstone of addiction recovery

Staff Writer

Published: 3/28/2020 7:00:16 AM

…“Folks in early recovery really need the connection. And, these folks don’t have access to a lot of the online meetings that are going on,” said Peggy Vezina, program director at the RECOVER Project. The nonprofit Federal Street program provides a slew of social services and meets the physical […]

March 28th, 2020|

Mutual Support in an Age of Social Distancing – How One Peer-Run Organization is Adapting to COVID-19

Connection, whether one-on-one or in groups, is at the heart of peer support. In a time when social distancing, shelter-in-place, and stay-at-home orders proliferate, the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community/Wildflower Alliance (WMRLC) is finding creative ways to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances dictated by the novel coronavirus…

March 23rd, 2020|

Recovery Coaches Offer Nonjudgmental Support To Fill Addiction Treatment Gaps

By KAREN BROWN • FEB 25, 2020

…“I’ve taken phone calls from police officers that are literally, you know, hot calls,” said Trevor Dayton, a DART recovery coach “This happened less than 60 minutes ago. Can you call them now? They’d like to talk.’ Sometimes that’s all it takes — responding in the moment […]

February 25th, 2020|