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07/21/2021 HopeWell Announces Hiring of Vice President of Research, Policy and Learning

HopeWell announces today that Julie Segovia has joined the organization as its first Vice President of Research, Policy and Learning. Segovia brings 15 years of experience in human service program management, including research design, implementation, and analysis. She worked, most recently, as a Doctoral Research Assistant in the Ensuring eXperiences for Children’s Early Learning Success

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06/28/2021 Celebrating the Fourth of July

Fireworks. Cook-outs. Parades. Concerts. And an excuse to dress in red, white, and blue (if you have the wardrobe). More so than any other holiday recognized in the United States, Fourth of July celebrations are ubiquitous. They can be found in urban, suburban, and rural locales in cities and towns both big and small. They

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06/11/2021 Celebrating Juneteenth

In 2020, spurred by the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation marking “Juneteenth”—a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”—a state holiday. Corporations ranging from Google to General Motors declared that it would be a paid day off for employees. A popular

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06/01/2021 June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, when we celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities and the movement for LGBTQIA+ equality and dignity, and consider what work still remains undone.  To be sure, we have much to do to ensure that LGBTQIA+ youth can grow and thrive with the safety, support, and equality of

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05/28/2021 Support that’s nourishing

STEAM Ahead recently provided groceries (and helped deliver them!) to the 24 young adults in our My First Place™ program and to residents in our Mission Hill and Dexter Park apartments. STEAM Ahead then followed up their grocery delivery with a lunch for HopeWell staff that was generously donated by Spyce, the world’s first robotics

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05/27/2021 HopeWell Announces Hiring of Chief Development Officer

HopeWell announces that Lisa Rowan-Gillis will join the organization as Chief Development Officer. Rowan-Gillis brings 30 years of experience in nonprofit development, donor engagement, and community philanthropic initiatives. Most recently, she served as Chief Development Officer for United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley, where she led fundraising initiatives totaling an annual average of

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05/24/2021 May is AAPI Awareness Month

May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, when we take time to acknowledge the contributions, culture, and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to the U.S., and also to acknowledge the hardship and injustices they have faced as a community. As such, it’s a good time to look at

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05/07/2021 Generous assistance for My First Place™

Were you ready to live on your own when you turned 18? Were you required to find—and pay for—your own housing, utility bills, and groceries? Probably not. But that’s the position that more than 25,000 18-year olds are put in each year when they age out of the foster care system.  By the time these

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05/03/2021 May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

May is National Foster Care Month, when we acknowledge the 463,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system—including 3,839 in Connecticut and 8,414 in Massachusetts, where HopeWell provides comprehensive and intensive foster care services. We also recognize the array of family members, foster parents, child welfare professionals, volunteers, and policymakers who enrich the

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04/02/2021 David Almond should be alive today

The state’s Office of the Child Advocate report into the death of 14-year old David Almond makes for very difficult reading for anyone, but it is especially hard to read for those of us who work every day to ensure that the foster youth we serve are not only safe, but thriving. The 107-page document

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02/11/2021 Reducing racial disparities in child welfare

Amid our country’s renewed reckoning with its racist history, there’s been a lot of talk about the need to fix systemic racism. After signing his Jan. 26 executive order on racial equity, President Joe Biden said, “we face deep racial inequities in America” and “systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too

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02/02/2021 $1M of PPE, 52 human service providers, and two generous donors

In January, thanks to the generosity of ProCure Hope, a non-profit formed by professional volunteers that responds to COVID-19-related crises, and OpenE, a logistics and technology company that provides e-commerce solutions for cross-border merchants and has warehouses and staff in China and the United States, we received $1 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE)

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01/19/2021 Care in Action

We were so grateful to receive this letter in the mail just before the holidays from two young boys who also sent along $60 for the purchase of gifts for children in foster care. Eli and Jack are just 11- and 8-years old, but decided they wanted to do something this holiday season for families

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01/14/2021 The Meikle Family Story

Margie Meikle has some advice for new foster parents: “Go all in.” “Once you commit to foster parenting, you can’t have reservations, because if you have reservations, the kids are going to see that,” she said. “I’m not saying don’t be smart—don’t put blinders when it comes to challenging behavior. But keep one eye open

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01/10/2021 COVID-19 Vaccinations Underway for HopeWell Front-Line Staff

HopeWell front-line staff members have received their initial dose of COVID-19 vaccinations. This is an important health and safety measure for HopeWell employees working in our community residences. We are incredibly grateful to Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC for making this possible by setting up a clinic for social  workers and shared living caregivers.   .

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12/02/2020 Gail’s story

In Massachusetts alone, more than 10,000 children and young adults per year are placed in foster care because their parents are unable to provide them with a safe, nurturing environment in which they can grow and thrive. Many of these young people have experienced severe trauma and neglect which places them at a higher risk

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11/23/2020 Patriots Foundation Honors HopeWell Foster Parent

We’re so proud to let you know that one of our longtime foster parents, Joan Phillips, was honored by the Patriots Foundation as a Myra Kraft Community MVP! Named in honor of the late Myra Kraft, the award honors what Myra Kraft valued most in her life—service to others. That epitomizes Joan’s work with foster

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11/05/2020 When I Think of Home 2020

On Thursday, October 29, supporters and staff of HopeWell gathered online for our second annual gala celebration, “When I Think of Home.” Featuring video testimonials from the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Health and Human Service MaryLou Sudders, City Year Senior Vice President and Dean Charlie Rose, and our family of clinicians, foster parents, and caregivers, the

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09/23/2020 Celebrating Direct Support Professionals Week 2020

It was a joy to celebrate HopeWell’s 38 direct support professionals (DSPs) during National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week from September 13-19, especially since we were joined by the likes of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller! DSPs are those who collectively provide 24/7 support to differently-abled people in our two group

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09/13/2020 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week!

Direct support professionals (DSPs)—those members of HopeWell’s staff who work with adults in our residential homes and five staffed apartments—are integral to carrying out our mission to enrich the lives and expand the opportunities of individuals and families in need of love, support and safe places to grow and thrive. There’s Nicole, who stepped up during

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09/09/2020 Tahon’s story

Tahon Ross’s first order of business after being named principal of Stacy Middle School in Milford, MA in July 2019, was to learn the names of each student and staff member—and how to spell them correctly. “I need to get to know everybody’s name, for students and staff alike, and know what their role is

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11/01/2019 Aging Out of Foster Care. What’s Next?

Today, we can help. Our passion for this work and our experience with this population enabled us to be selected as the inaugural member of the My First Place Affiliate (MFP) Network. My First Place is an education and employment program developed nearly two decades ago by First Place for Youth™, a California-based nonprofit. Through

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10/05/2018 18 & On Your Own

Turning 18 or 21 for your typical American means newfound independence. Whether it’s going off to college or having a first legal drink, most young adults eagerly await these milestone birthdays. But for more than 20,000 young adults in this country, turning 18 or 21, is not a celebratory event. Depending on the state in

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08/31/2018 Adults with Developmental Disorders

There’s No Place Like Home That line from a famous movie is part of the spirit that is the essence of all we do at HopeWell. The importance of home and that feeling of living and being a member of your community is embodied in our day to day work. For adults with developmental disabilities

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08/16/2018 Interview with a foster parent

We can learn a lot about kindness, generosity and love from foster parents. They open not only their heart, but their home. It doesn’t get more basic than that and it’s this simple yet profound gesture that sets them apart. Like the great Bill Bellicek says, “No days off.” Foster parenting is always on, 24/7/365.

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08/06/2018 How to Foster a Child

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Do you want to know more? You likely want to know what the process is and where to begin. First a little background. Here are three easy steps to start the foster care process and change a young person’s life. Step 1: Do Your Homework If you’re reading this,

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08/06/2018 How to talk to your kids about fostering

One of the most common questions we get about being a foster parent is, “how will this impact my own children and how do I explain this to them?” Good question right? Well, thankfully it’s very common for foster parents to have children of their own and with over 54 years of experience in the

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