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A Year of ORI Successes posted on Oct 4

Each year, Massachusetts becomes home to 2,400 individuals through the state’s Refugee Resettlement Program administered by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI). Most, like Abdulmohsin (Mike) who immigrated to Massachusetts from Iraq in 2013, come with little to no knowledge of American culture or   …Continue Reading A Year of ORI Successes

A Summer of Friendship and Growth

A Summer of Friendship and Growth posted on Aug 22

Shannon Curtin’s second summer in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Urban Youth Collaborative Internship Program (UYCP) was spent, among other things, leading a dance party for two at Resources for Human Development, Boston, Inc. Curtin, who grew close with one particular individual, said she   …Continue Reading A Summer of Friendship and Growth

Strengthening Communities through Affordable Housing

Strengthening Communities through Affordable Housing posted on Aug 15

The heat was suppressing, but the unbridled excitement of those crowded inside 48 Boylston St. in Boston paid no mind – they were there to celebrate the creation of affordable housing. Of course there was ample mention of the heat by speakers, but the investment   …Continue Reading Strengthening Communities through Affordable Housing

Coffee and a Familiar Face

Coffee and a Familiar Face posted on Aug 11

Braintree’s Rick Swan, who is legally blind, runs a small coffee shop in the lobby of One Ashburton Place in Boston – home to many state agencies including EOHHS. Swan started running the shop with his wife, who is also legally blind, approximately four years   …Continue Reading Coffee and a Familiar Face

MCB Interns Reach for the Stars posted on Aug 11

The Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House was filled with the sounds of laughter, music, and inspiration in the afternoon of August 11th. The people gathered were there to celebrate the accomplishments of 85 interns, who had found internships this summer through the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading MCB Interns Reach for the Stars

A New Hope for Women with Addictions

A New Hope for Women with Addictions posted on Aug 8

The second phase of the Women’s Recovery from Addictions Program (WRAP) in Taunton opened in July, 2016 officially closing the chapter on the day when women with substance use disorders are sent to prison for treatment. State officials who recently toured the new unit including Governor   …Continue Reading A New Hope for Women with Addictions

HHS Summer Tips and Activities

HHS Summer Tips and Activities posted on Aug 2

There’s always plenty to do in Massachusetts in the summer. While so many options are available for you, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services has a couple suggestions on how to enjoy the summer. Farmer’s Markets through DTA and EOEA Fresh fruits and   …Continue Reading HHS Summer Tips and Activities

HOME Act Adds Another Level of Protection for Veterans Who are Entering Civilian Life

HOME Act Adds Another Level of Protection for Veterans Who are Entering Civilian Life posted on Jul 22

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, Governor Baker signed the HOME Act and added another level of protection for veterans who are transitioning to civilian life by establishing laws to prevent veterans from being discriminated against in regard to housing, employment, and military service, as well   …Continue Reading HOME Act Adds Another Level of Protection for Veterans Who are Entering Civilian Life

Ombudsman Eases Constituent Worries

Ombudsman Eases Constituent Worries posted on Jul 14

What Cynthia Miller loves about public service most is helping people solve problems, and as a dedicated public servant, Miller has spent nearly 30 years in state service doing just that. For the past five years Miller has been the Director of Interagency Planning &   …Continue Reading Ombudsman Eases Constituent Worries

Massachusetts Leaders Rally Against Health Stigma

Massachusetts Leaders Rally Against Health Stigma posted on Jul 5

Despite the fact that one in five adults are affected by mental health illnesses, many do not feel comfortable talking about it openly for fear of being labeled.  For that reason, many CEOs across Massachusetts are pledging to take a stand and help change perception   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Leaders Rally Against Health Stigma