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MassDevelopment bond finances Guild of St. Agnes expansion
MassDevelopment has issued a $1.5 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of The Guild of St. Agnes of Worcester, a nonprofit early education and care agency serving Worcester County. The agency is using bond proceeds to buy a 19,600-square-foot child care center from MAPFRE Insurance Company at 58 Bigelow Road, Webster.
The Guild has been a tenant in the MAPFRE building since 2012, where it has operated a childcare center that serves 160 children ages four months to five years. People’s United Bank purchased the bond.
“The Guild of St. Agnes provides quality affordable childcare and education to hundreds of families in the Worcester area,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We are pleased to support the agency’s growth as it continues to provide students and families with a safe and loving environment in which children can grow, learn, and play.”
Founded in 1913, The Guild of St. Agnes’s mission is to provide families with quality, affordable, early childhood education and school-age programs in a safe, nurturing environment for children ages four weeks to 12 years. It operates nine childcare centers, 13 after school programs, and contracts with 115 home-based, licensed, family child care programs. The Guild’s child care centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the gold standard for quality early childhood education.
“Great successes come about when civic-minded people and institutions work together for the well-being of others. We’re grateful to MAPFRE, the Baker-Polito administration, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, People’s United Bank, and MassDevelopment for their support of this project,” said Ed Madaus, executive director of the Guild of St. Agnes. “MassDevelopment staff worked tirelessly to create a favorable financing package that ultimately allowed us to close the deal, and all of these organizations worked hard, day in and day out, to achieve a common good.”
YWCA offers free visit to Health and Wellness Center until Jan. 14
First-time visitors to YWCA Central Massachusetts Health and Wellness Center can try our entire facility for free!
Just print the online coupon and present it at the front desk. Take a swim in our pool, use our fitness equipment, or try one of our group fitness classes. And don’t forget to ask us about our Annual Membership specials, which will be going on for the entire month of January.
WCAC welcomes new senior accountant
Worcester Community Action Council is pleased to welcome Leedan Dearden as a senior accountant for the agency. She brings with her a diverse accounting background, having most recently worked for Home Staff, LLC. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Framingham State University.
Recalling the warm welcome she received from an American family when she first immigrated to the United States, Dearden says she looks forward to working for WCAC and helping people in need. At WCAC, Dearden will be responsible for varied accounting operations and selected contracts within the agency’s Healthy Families, Job & Education Center and Energy departments.
A native of China, Dearden is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. She lives in Rutland with her husband and two teenage sons.
Assumption panel discussion featured on global Catholic network show
In October, Assumption College hosted a unique discussion on Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), featuring renowned Catholic scholars and Church leaders. EWTN news director and anchor Raymond Arroyo, who moderated the lively panel discussion, included highlights of the College’s event on the global Catholic network’s show, “The World Over,” last month.
Amoris Laetitia was released on April 8, 2016, and encourages a comprehensive examination of the family and the many challenges posed to family life in our contemporary society. Many have debated whether Pope Francis’s teaching in this Apostolic Exhortation is a radical break from long-standing teachings on the family and marriage or if it is indeed a reflection of authentic Church teachings.
“Pope Francis’ statements and writings are often misunderstood when observers apply their own interpretation of what the Holy Father is attempting to communicate,” said Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., who is also a Papal scholar. “Assumption College was pleased to host this thought-provoking discussion on what has emerged in the analysis of the Apostolic Exhortation that has generated a number of different conclusions on the intent of the Holy Father. The purpose of this gathering of prominent Catholic scholars and Church leaders was to provide a greater understanding of the messages contained in Amoris Laetitia.”