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Jeffrey Simon

Jeffrey Simon

Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office

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The stimulus anniversary is over and the work continues. Seeing how stimulus awards have impacted all kinds of people across the state continues to be an intensely gratifying experience. Most recently, I got the chance to see stimulus’ impact on an incredibly diverse group of people.

 

This was at the Jack Satter House in Revere, a senior living center, where I went with the Governor to hear “stimulus stories” from people in that area.  

 

Satter_gov The elderly residents in the Jack Satter House were thrilled to see the Governor – he said he never got so many hugs – and they were very aware that the Jack Satter House was the beneficiary of a stimulus award that went to subsidizing their rent.

 

The people around the table that morning truly represented stimulus’ impact on a broad range of people. There were 2 owners of private companies that do weatherization work – Shane Fatello and Mike Salmons – around the table and they were there to explain how the stimulus-funded weatherization jobs have helped increase their business. One of Shane’s workers, a young guy named Peter Hachey, said that the work he’s getting through Shane is letting him go back to school. He couldn’t afford it before. “It opened up a lot of doors for me that were slammed shut.”

 

Meg English, the director of the Everett Literacy Program, called the fact that stimulus money savedSatter_meg two of her classes from being forced to close, “the gift that keeps on giving.” Wadson Michel, a teacher of one of the classes who is originally from Haiti, explained. “The language helps people become active members of the community,” he said.

  

Revere Police Chief Terence Reardon spoke about how the stimulus money allowed him to retain 7 officers, directly affecting the police services in his city. “Basically without the money, we would not have those cops on the street,” he said.

Satter_dominique Revere Fire Lieutenant James Caramello told the table how their department hired 3 new firefighters thanks to their stimulus award which now enables them to provide their city with 100 percent coverage. “It takes manpower to put out fires,” he said.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Stimulus is opening up doors for a lot of people.

 

 

People like Dominique Williams, who was also around that table. She told everyone how she participated in the stimulus-funded Metro North Youth Employment Program which led to her acceptance into Building Futures which helps at-risk kids get into college. She is now enrolled as a full-time student at Bunker Hill Community College.

 

Has stimulus opened up a closed door for you? Tell me about it in the comments.

 

 

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