July 23, 2017

Inbox [July 23-29]: News and notes from Ascentria, Veterans Inc., Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, South Bay Community Services and Signature Chefs Auction

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Ascentria Care Alliance acquires skilled care facility

Worcester-based Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human-services organizations in New England, has acquired the Laurel Ridge Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Jamaica Plain.

Ascentria administers a broad range of residential and community-based programs to meet the spectrum of needs of older adults and their families. Laurel Ridge complements those offerings as a 120-bed rehabilitation and skilled care center.

“This new acquisition will enable us to expand our elder services and grow our presence in Boston,” Ascentria President and CEO Angela Bovill said. “While our nonprofit is headquartered in Worcester, we have long aspired to do more in Boston. The needs are great in our region’s largest city, but so are the opportunities for our holistic solutions.”

TD Charitable Foundation awards $10K to Veterans Inc.

TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of TD Bank, recently announced that Veterans Inc. has been awarded $10,000. Funding from the TD Charitable Foundation award will be used by Veterans Inc. fund post-9/11 veteran-specific programming.

Studies have shown that many veterans coming home report difficulties in transitioning to civilian life, including difficulties finding meaningful employment, housing and needed health services. Veterans Inc. post-9/11 programming, a cumulative and holistic effort, creates a pipeline for post-9/11 veterans to receive access to the supportive services they may need, while also aiding the transition from military to civilian life and employment.

“For twenty-seven years Veterans Inc. has been committed to serving America’s military veterans, and we know we must continue to be vigilant as the new generation of veterans return home,” said Vincent J. Perrone, Lt. Colonel USAF (Retired) and president and CEO of Veterans Inc. “This is a tremendous honor for Veterans Inc. to receive this funding and we are truly grateful for the support of the TD Charitable Foundation. Without such support, we would not be able to continue to meet the needs of so many veterans and their families.”

Read the entire story on the Veterans Inc. website

Webster Five donates $5K to Boys & Girls Club

The Webster Five Foundation announced that as part of the Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it has donated $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. The club is looking to expand its arts and education programs, which serve about 160 children every week.

Webster Five

Courtesy Webster Five

From left, Sam Bitar, Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation & VP Business Systems Manager, Webster Five; Liz Hamilton, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester; and Don Doyle, President/CEO, Webster Five.

As the only youth organization in Worcester that is free of charge, the Boys & Girls Club and its Learning Center are invaluable assets to the youth in the community, serving about 200 children a day. Eighty percent of the children they work with live at or below the federal poverty line, providing them with services and opportunities they would not have access to otherwise.

“We are proud of the difference the Boys & Girls Club is making for the youth in our community, and are happy to do our part to support them,” said Webster Five President and CEO Donald F. Doyle.

Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Liz Hamilton said, “We are very grateful to Webster Five for their donation. Partners like these are crucial to our continued success creating brighter futures for underprivileged children.”

Read more at the Webster Five website

Immigrant parent education series begins this week

The Early Childhood Division of South Bay Community Services is starting a 10-session parent education series that addresses the unique challenges that immigrant parents face as they and their children adapt to American culture.

The eight-week Parenting in America series is geared toward immigrant parents and caregivers who face unique pressures and often experience difficulties adjusting to a new way of life. Parenting styles vary widely between cultures, and raising children in a culture different from the one in which you were raised can be confusing. In addition, language barriers often result in feelings of isolation.

The series runs 10:30 a.m. to noon beginning Monday, July 24 at South Bay Community Services, 548 Park Ave. A light meal and supervision for children will be provided. Call 508-796-1411, Ext. 418 for more information and to register.

Signature Chefs Auction set for Sept. 28

March of Dimes announced recently that its annual Signature Chefs Auction will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Mechanics Hall.

The Signature Chefs Auction will feature some of Worcester’s top chefs and fare. In 2016, participating restaurants included: Bella’s Bistro, Bootleggers Prohibition Pub, Nuovo, Piccolo’s, Romaines, The Niche Group, The Twisted Fork, and many more.

In addition to sampling signature dishes, and an unforgettable auction, the March of Dimes will present 2017 Charitable Leadership Awards to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., and Fidelity Bank Chairman and CEO Edward F. Manzi Jr.

Fidelity Bank is the presenting sponsor of this premier networking event.

“This year we are delighted to recognize two outstanding leaders and their respective organizations, for their commitment to March of Dimes,” said Sally Buffum, Senior Vice President at Fidelity Bank and chairperson of the event. “The District Attorney’s Office, with their focus on opioid abuse reduction, positively impacts the March of Dimes involvement with babies born addicted to illegal substances; and Fidelity Bank, a local institution committed to philanthropy and civic mindedness, makes them a natural selection for this prestigious March of Dimes award.”

“During their first days, the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome that these infants endure causes extreme pain from withdrawal,” Early said. “I’m proud to support the March of Dimes and its compassionate work to improve the health of opioid-dependent infants.”

Said Manzi, “It is my pleasure and honor to support this March of Dimes event, which raises money and recognition for the organization’s important work helping infants and their families.”

Read the entire story here

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