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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Giving Thanks by Giving Back Posted on Nov 28

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

By DMH General Counsel Lester Blumberg   Each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I find myself walking into Florian Hall in Dorchester along with dozens of volunteers from the Department Mental Health, kids from local schools, members of the Boston Fire Department Local 718, Friends of   …Continue Reading Giving Thanks by Giving Back

Finding ways to deliver optimal support Posted on Nov 22

By Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Kathy Betts Throughout the tenure of the Patrick-Murray Administration, we have heard consistently from Commonwealth residents across the state that the needs of children, youth and families receiving services from state agencies could be better coordinated. The   …Continue Reading Finding ways to deliver optimal support

Rediscovering the joys of adoption, 30 years later Posted on Nov 18

By Ann Nelson, adoptive parent in Swampscott                Today, on National Adoption Day, my husband and I will adopt our second child. Our adoption story began 30 years ago when our two birth sons were seven and five-years-old, and we adopted a baby girl.  My   …Continue Reading Rediscovering the joys of adoption, 30 years later

It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth Posted on Nov 17

It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth

By DYS Commissioner Jane Tewksbury Earlier this month the Department of Youth Services began the official implementation of a $610,000 Youth Mentoring Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to the state Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public   …Continue Reading It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth

Department of Transitional Assistance honored with USDA Hunger Champions Award Posted on Nov 14

Department of Transitional Assistance honored with USDA Hunger Champions Award

By DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe The tornados and storms that struck Massachusetts on June 1, 2011 resulted in devastation across central and western Massachusetts.  State agencies and nonprofits worked together to provide relief to affected residents, and I am proud that the Department of Transitional   …Continue Reading Department of Transitional Assistance honored with USDA Hunger Champions Award

Honoring Veterans each and every day in the Commonwealth Posted on Nov 10

Honoring Veterans each and every day in the Commonwealth

By DVS Secretary Coleman Nee All of us at the Department of Veterans’ Services can sense excitement around this year’s Veterans’ Day (even beyond the fact that since it falls on a Friday it means a long weekend!).  First, it is significant because of the   …Continue Reading Honoring Veterans each and every day in the Commonwealth

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission goes global Posted on Nov 9

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission goes global

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with a dozen advocates and people with disabilities from Iraq, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait and Jordan. The delegation – sponsored by the U.S. State Department and hosted by WorldBoston, a non- profit agency   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission goes global

Women Veterans Honored at 7th Annual State House Event Posted on Nov 7

Women Veterans Honored at 7th Annual State House Event

  By Secretary of Veterans Services Coleman Nee Last week, Women Veterans’ Network held its 7th Annual “Women Are Veterans Too!” event at the State House. We celebrated women’s service in the military and named Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Gayle-Bennett “Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year.   …Continue Reading Women Veterans Honored at 7th Annual State House Event

November is National Adoption Month! Posted on Nov 3

November is National Adoption Month!

Did you know that there are over 107,000 youth and children waiting to be adopted in the United States? Closer to home, there are 600 children and youth waiting and hoping to find a loving, permanent home in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth has a proud history   …Continue Reading November is National Adoption Month!