Inbox [Oct. 26]: $15K for Straight Ahead Ministries, Girls Inc. celebrates, Assumption plans trauma workshop for kids, Briarwood exhibit shows WWI posters, Worcester State hosts financial summit for vets

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Boston contractor to donate $15,000 Straight Ahead Ministries

Tocci Building Companies, a leading Boston-area construction management firm, will present a $15,000 donation to Straight Ahead Ministries at 1 p.m. today [Oct. 26] at 791 Main St.

The charitable donation will support Straight Ahead’s mission to help formerly incarcerated young people learn skills and gain hands-on experience in the workplace through the organization’s Straight2Work program. Worcester-area employers help youth make the next step in re-entry transition by hiring graduates of Straight Ahead’s training businesses. Tocci’s donation will be used to help employers fund this significant step toward self-sufficiency.

The donation will be presented by John Tocci, chief enabling officer, and Lila Tocci, director of company life and charitable giving, after a brief introduction to the Straight2Work program.  Program graduates will share their personal impact stories. Current program participants will create and serve light refreshments at Straight Up Café, Straight Ahead’s job training business.

Tocci team members regularly contribute to a wide variety of charitable organizations, and the company is an active supporter of initiatives like Habitat for Humanity, Boy with a Ball, The New You, and the SPARK Center at Boston Medical Center.


CentenniGirl Celebration tonight at Mechanics Hall

Girls Inc. of Worcester will hold its CentenniGirl Celebration fundraiser 5:30-7 tonight [Oct. 26] at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.

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The organization will present Fuel Her Fire Awards to Pamela and Maurice Boisvert, Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda, Meaghan McCarthy and Princilla Minkah.

Tickets are $100 and available online.

More information and ticket are available on the Girls Inc. Worcester website


Assumption to host workshop on treating children coping with traumatic life events

The Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College will hold a one-day workshop exploring Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a treatment method which is used to aid children and adolescents who have significant emotional problems related to traumatic life events.

Esther Deblinger, Ph.D., one of the founders of TF-CBT, will discuss her research regarding this successful evidence-based treatment from 12:30-4 p.m Friday, Nov. 4, at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.

Deblinger is a professor of psychiatry and co-founder and co-director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ. She and her collaborators, Drs. Judith Cohen and Anthony Mannarino, developed and extensively tested TF-CBT, which is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. This components-based treatment model assists children and parents in learning new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related traumatic life events; and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills, and family communication.

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website


Briarwood exhibit of Lankton WWI posters Nov. 6-Dec. 30

The Briarwood Community is pleased to announce the final public art exhibit in a series of six for 2016, Gordon Lankton’s showing of World War I posters.

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“Uncle Sam Wants You! The Propaganda Posters of WWI” will be on display Sunday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Dec. 30 at The Gallery at Briarwood located at 65 Briarwood Circle. Lankton is long-time president and current chairman of Nypro, founder of the world-class Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton and more recently the Gallery of African Art.

The posters feature remarkable artwork and vivid colors with different types of messaging from recruitment messages to appeals for the sale of Liberty Bonds. Women’s images, both on the homefront and in uniform are central to a number of the featured posters. Many important artists contributed to the war effort including Joseph Pennell (July 4, 1857-April 23, 1926.) who created an iconic image of a bombed out New York City and devastated Statue of Liberty as an arresting image to warn Americans of the perils of an invasion.

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The opening reception will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Lankton. The reception is free and open to the public.

Find more information on the Briarwood Community website


Financial education conference Saturday at Worcester State

National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling will host Operation Money Wise, a free, one-day financial education conference for the military, veteran, family and survivor community from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at Worcester State University.

Operation Money Wise of Worcester County will offer several breakout sessions for attendees, on topics including VA Benefits, Financial Planning, Budget & Credit Management, and First Time Home Buyers.

Certified financial counselors and financial planners will be onsite during the event. Financial resources, information and educational materials will also be available to provide participants with the knowledge they need to help make good financial decisions.

Read the entire story on ConsumerCredit.com

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