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August 3: Same Day Hiring Event with Home & Community Connections!

Come join Home & Community Connections for their Same Day Hiring Event on August 3! We’ll be at 187 High St, Suite 202, in Holyoke from 10 AM to 2 PM. This will take place every first Wednesday of every month. All levels of experience are welcome. Direct Care Staff/Support Specialist positions have a starting [...]

Baystate Wing Hospital Awards $30,000 In Grants

By BusinessWest Staff June 17, 2022 PALMER —  Baystate Wing Hospital has announced an investment of $30,000 in grants to benefit local community-based nonprofit organizations. The grant awards were given to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation, the Quaboag Connector to support local transportation in the region, the Ware Fire Department to support Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and paramedic training, and to the Ware [...]

Agency Receives Funding to Support Survivors of Violence

Salasin Project director Becky Lockwood (left) and administrative manager Amanda Gamache (right) are part of a team that helped 250 people last year alone. Photo credit Christina Trinchero of Montague Reporter. Montague Reporter By Christina Trinchero June 2, 2022 FRANKLIN COUNTY – The Salasin Project, a program of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, [...]

Data shows local opioid deaths soaring amid pandemic

By CHRIS LARABEE Staff Writer Published: 5/24/2022 5:15:26 [...] The Community Opportunity, Network, Navigation, Exploration and Connection Team (CONNECT) is a 24/7 rapid response team created by the Opioid Task Force and a partnership that includes The RECOVER Project, Tapestry, law enforcement from 30 area communities, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North [...]

Spring Medicinal and Pollinator Plant Sales

Looking to add some new green to your garden? People's Medicine Project is sharing plant seedlings with people who attend our free clinics and community groups that are planting medicinal gardens.  Your purchase of plants helps fund this work towards herbal accessibility for all. Find People's Medicine Project's plant sales at the following locations: Conway [...]

Doctors Gave Her Antipsychotics. She Decided to Live With Her Voices.

Caroline Mazel-Carlton. Credit...Danna Singer for The New York Times By Daniel Bergner May 17, 2022 New York Times [...] Around that time, in the late 2000s, when Mazel-Carlton was in her mid-20s, a new position arose in mental health: peer-support specialist, someone with what’s known as lived experience who works alongside practitioners. The [...]

$127K grant to support extra housing advocate for domestic abuse victims

Becky Lockwood, director of the Salasin Project in Greenfield, talks with Individual and Family Support Advocate Jill Predmore. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ By MARY BYRNE Staff Writer Published: 5/13/2022 3:07:35 PM Modified: 5/13/2022 3:05:57 PM GREENFIELD — A local program aimed at supporting survivors of domestic abuse has been awarded $127,000 to continue its [...]

Volunteers mobilize for spring cleanups along area roads, woods

Kara Kavanaugh, the recovery coach program supervisor at The RECOVER Project, paints the front window on Friday. For the Recorder/Catherine Hurley By CHRIS LARABEE, JULIAN MENDOZA and CATHERINE HURLEY Staff Writers As the weather warms up and people celebrated Earth Day over the weekend, folks around Franklin County took their spring cleaning beyond [...]

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