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MetroWest Fund for Family Support

Strong Families, Strong Communities

Together we can build strong families, create better lives, and strengthen our communities.

MetroWest is known for its beauty, strong economy, and affluence. But like many suburban communities, the region has a growing number of families struggling to make ends meet. Here in MetroWest, a range of challenges and barriers prevent families from living healthy, successful lives, whether it’s poverty and homelessness, hunger, mental illness, domestic violence, underemployment, lack of affordable housing, reliable transportation or age or linguistically appropriate services.

At the Foundation, we believe that building strong families and supporting our most vulnerable residents are crucial to the long-term success of our region.

By making a contribution to the MetroWest Fund for Families, you become part of our multi-pronged strategy to encourage a diverse and inclusive community that supports a thriving and vibrant region for everyone.

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Family ACCESS of Newton

To support the Strengthening Young Families Project, which provides parenting support, clinical parent-child counseling, crisis intervention, and early literacy education to 400 parents and children each year in MetroWest.

Circle of Hope

To support the delivery of high-quality clothing and necessities to homeless infants, children, and adults at the Clinton House Family Shelter and Pearl Street Family Shelter.

Metrowest ESL Fund

To support one semester of free English class for 19 students to help them gain the language skills, job readiness, and cultural knowledge they need to be part of the local economy and culture.

Children's Trust, Inc.

To support the Healthy Families MA and Medical Legal Partnership programs, which provide legal and medical advice, as well as legal representation, to vulnerable MetroWest families.

English at Large

To support their free programs, including One-to-One Tutoring, Conversation Groups, the Career Access Lab and Beginner English Classes in Waltham.

ProGente Connections

To support the salary of the Program Director responsible for teacher credentialing mentoring workshops, the Orientation to American Culture program, assisting with the access to college program for ESL students, and the American Business Basics program.

Advocates, Inc.

To support free, consistent mental health services to seniors struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues.

Thrive Support & Advocacy

To support a program providing stipends to clients to cover the cost of additional supports to aging parents (aged 60+) of adult children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Dignity Matters Inc.

To support the salary of a Part-Time Program Manager to enable the organization to expand its reach and provide free access to period protection to more women and girls in the MetroWest.

Project Citizenship

To support the continuation and expansion of their citizenship services in the MetroWest region, including two workshops in 2020 that will serve approximately 200 MetroWest residents.

MAB Community Services, Inc.

To support the integration of improvements for older adults with vision loss into MetroWest age-friendly initiatives, starting in Framingham.

RIA House, Inc. — Ready.Inspire.Act

To support targeted branding and development activities with the goal of increasing RIA House's visibility and fundraising potential.

Asperger/Autism Network, Inc.

To support two support groups and general education for parents of children/teens with ASD who are also dealing with gender identity issues.

MetroWest Mediation Services, Inc.

To support free mediation services to landlords and tenants in Concord, Framingham and Natick District Courts, which help tenants create workable arrangements with landlords to stay in their homes and avoid homelessness.

MetroWest Legal Services

To support general operating needs to support the salary and benefits of attorneys providing direct legal services to low-income, elderly and disabled clients in civil legal matters.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)

To support Voices Against Violence's Community Based Advocacy (CBA) Program serving over 5,500 people in the MetroWest seeking support to overcome situations of domestic violence.

Bethany Hill Place

To support programming and services that help their resident families move toward independent, successful futures and improve academic, employment, financial, and life outcomes.

Fresh Start Furniture Bank

To support general operating needs as they work to provide free furniture and home goods to people in need.

Employment Options, Inc.

To support their Cooking Up A Career culinary training program for unemployed and/or underemployed young adults with disabilities in the MetroWest area.

One Family, Inc.

To support the Credential to Career Coaching program for homeless and low-income families in MetroWest to access reliable information and resources to identify and enter careers that can increase income and allow them to build assets.

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

To support the advancement of their current records system by hiring a consultant to rebuild their comprehensive assessment tool, allowing for ongoing evaluation and more efficient and accurate reporting for their behavioral health clients.

The Key Program, Inc.

To support the creation and delivery of mental health support and psycho-education for Spanish Speaking Immigrant parents, specifically regarding the challenges of reuniting with a child or children after separation.

LVM Literacy Unlimited

To support salary increases for the dedicated staff providing tutoring programming to people in need, immigrants, and persons of low literacy.

Minuteman Senior Services

To support their new LGBTQ+ Outreach Initiative, providing culturally-competent aging-support services for hundreds of LGBTQ+ seniors and caregivers.

Watch CDC

To support general operating for WATCH CDC's efforts in affordable housing, providing adult education, and empowering underrepresented residents in Waltham.

Catholic Charities of Worcester County

To support a new program to help unemployed or underemployed Milford residents with job seeking, placement, and skills-building programming.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc.

To support their Community-Based Advocacy (CBA) program for survivors of domestic violence.

Advocates, Inc.

To support seniors with consistent mental health counseling in the community who are struggling with anxiety, loneliness, depression and other mental health issues.

Bethany Hill Place

To support learning opportunities that help resident families move toward an independent, successful future with offerings that respond to their needs in five program areas including: Adult education & career counseling; Parenting; Life Enrichment and Advancement Programs; and Community and Youth Programs.

Budget Buddies

To support their expansion to Sudbury to provide financial literacy programming for 10-12 women while engaging 15-20 volunteer Coaches and Presenters

Commonwealth Green Low-Income Housing Coalition

To support a pilot gray water installation in different households and businesses, including low-income housing units in Framingham and Westborough.

Employment Options, Inc.

To support their Cooking Up A Career culinary training program for unemployed and/or underemployed young adults with disabilities in the MetroWest area.

English at Large

To support the free and accessible services provided by English At Large in MetroWest, including One-to-One Tutoring, Conversation Groups, the Career Access Lab and Beginner English Classes in Waltham.

Family ACCESS of Newton

To support the expansion of their multi-lingual parent-child counseling, home visiting, case management, and cross-cultural supports to Framingham.

Gifts of Hope Unlimited Inc.

To support their Educational Assistance programs and help with the expansion of their storage facility.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester

To support the Critical Home Repair (CHR) program which enables families and individuals to affordably and safely address safety and code issues allowing them to stay in their own homes.

Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center

To support a new Parenting While Grieving Workshop series to educate parents on the impact of grief on their children, and give them strategies to employ while waiting to join our groups.

Jewish Family Service of MW

To support their Reducing Achievement Gaps/Family Assistance program, a comprehensive system of interventions to address the academic, social, and basic assistance needs of low-income children of immigrant families in Framingham with a focus on improving academic achievement.

LVM Literacy Unlimited

To support the expansion of their staff to include a new assistant providing overall office support and database management.

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS

To support its Framingham-based Immigrant Integration Services Program to meet the needs of the Portuguese-speaking communities of MetroWest.

MetroWest Legal Services

To support general operating needs to support the salary and benefits of attorneys providing direct legal services to low-income, elderly and disabled clients in civil legal matters.

One Family, Inc.

To support the Credential to Career Coaching program for homeless and low-income families in MetroWest to access reliable information and resources to identify and enter careers that can increase income and allow them to build assets.

Project Citizenship

To support the continuation and expansion of their citizenship services in the MetroWest region, including two MetroWest based citizenship workshops in 2019 that will serve an estimated 200 MetroWest immigrants.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

To support the general operating needs of REACH as they expand their Community-Based Advocacy program with a newly expanded office space.

RIA House, Inc. – Ready.Inspire.Act

To support their organizational capacity with an additional staff person to maintain and expand sustainable funding for our specialized recovery services provided to women survivors of exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)

To support Voices Against Violence, a survivor-centered, trauma-informed service serving more than 500 individual survivors of sexual and domestic violence (SDV) in the region.

SPARK Kindness, Inc

To support the Executive Director's salary to strengthen their organizational resiliency and increase their impact during a time of growth.

Thom Child & Family Services

To support a parent/caregiver support group focused on providing mutual support, sharing valuable information and resources, teaching advocacy skills for parents, and providing onsite babysitting so that all families will have the opportunity to participate.

Thrive Support & Advocacy

To support their ability to provide stipends to clients to cover the cost of additional supports to aging parents (aged 60+) of adult children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

WATCH CDC

To support the general operating needs of WATCH CDC, an organization promoting affordable housing, providing adult education and empowering underrepresented residents.

Bethany Hill Place

To support their Family, Youth and Community Programming, providing an intergenerational family approach to care, guidance, and support through workshops and seminars.

Children's Trust, Inc.

To support the Healthy Families Home Visiting program and the Medical Legal Partnership program serving vulnerable families living in MetroWest communities with needed legal and/or medical advice, and legal representation.

English at Large

To support free programs in Waltham, including One-to-One Tutoring, Conversation Groups, and job readiness training and support provide through our Career Access Lab (CAL) as well as Beginner English Classes.

Family ACCESS of Newton

To support their Waltham Family Strengthening Project to provide comprehensive and evidence-based mental health services, cross-cultural supports, and case management to improve the well-being of an estimated 140 beneficiaries (parents and children 0-5), including pregnant and parenting teens, immigrants, homeless and very low-income families.

Family Promise MetroWest

To support their Transitional Living Program, which provides case management to MetroWest families for one year along with subsidies to assist with rent, childcare or addressing debt.

Fresh Start Furniture Bank

To support their general operating efforts to furnish approximately 514 MetroWest households (1200 people) with 15,500 pieces of furniture and home goods in 2018.

Friends of the Waltham Family School, Inc.

To support their Interactive Literacy Program, which provides weekly opportunities for low income, immigrant parents to play and learn with their preschool child in their child's classroom.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester

To support their Critical Home Repair (CHR) and Home Preservation initiatives in Marlborough, Framingham, and Natick, which enable families and individuals to affordably and safely address critical life, safety and code issues in their homes, allowing them to age in place and maintain their community connections.

Hope and Comfort

To support the distribution of personal hygiene items to individuals and families in need through MetroWest food pantries and organizations that provide basic aid and emergency relief to low-income area residents as well as organizations that serve MetroWest youth.

Jewish Family Service of MW

Jewish Family Service of MW

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

To support their Framingham-based Immigrant Integration Services Program to meet the needs of the Portuguese-speaking communities of MetroWest, including expanded hours for one case worker.

MetroWest Legal Services

To support the salary and benefits of attorneys providing direct legal assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled clients in civil legal matters in MetroWest.

MetroWest Mediation Services, Inc.

To support their free mediation services in Summary Process sessions (housing eviction cases), to landlords and tenants, in Concord, Framingham and Natick District Courts.

Minuteman Senior Services

To support the extension of their intervention program for people with dementia and their caregivers, which includes a thorough nutrition assessment, a personalized nutrition care plan, caregiver coaching, and a 30 and 90 day follow up.

Natick Service Council, Inc.

To support their Case Management (CM) program to support their clients as they work towards improved health, economic independence, and self-sufficiency.

National Alliance On Mental Illness Of MetroWest

To support their efforts to provide the Family to Family (F2F) program to MetroWest area Spanish-speaking families affected by mental illness.

One Family, Inc.

To support the Credential to Career Coaching (C2C) program's expansion to Framingham, which will provide homeless and at-risk families with resources and advice to gain skills and secure employment and housing and create a stable economic future for their family.

Project Citizenship

Funds will support their 2018 Citizen Workshop in Framingham to serve an estimated 150 MetroWest residents.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc.

To support the stability and strength of their Community-Based Advocacy program during the organization's growth.

SMOC/Voices Against Violence

To support the Haven Emergency Shelter and Hotline program, which provides temporary refuge for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as their children, who are fleeing imminent threats of violence or abuse.

The Second Step

To support their residential and community programs to ensure that families impacted by domestic violence in Metrowest will receive comprehensive services to effectively support them from crisis to well-being.

Thrive Support & Advocacy

To support Thrive's efforts to provide linguistically and culturally competent family support services to Brazilian, Cabo Verdean, Portuguese, and other Portuguese-speaking families, as well as culturally competent family support services to LGBTQ families.

WATCH, Inc.

To support general operating needs for Watch CDC, which works to advance and promote affordable housing, provides adult education and leadership development, and empowers underrepresented residents through civic engagement.

Advocates, Inc.

To support their Autism Alliance of MetroWest’s Portuguese Support Group, a monthly convening of family members who are caring for loved ones with autism and who gain education about topics related to autism.

Asperger/Autism Network, Inc.

To support scholarships for professional consultations (parent coaching) to low-income parents of Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles who live in MetroWest.

Bethany Hill Place

To support collaboration with two other organizations to address the urgent, child health issues of Bethany Hill Place’s residents.

Center for Parents and Teachers, Inc.

To support INSPIRE, a parent support series for parents with a child who has a diagnosed special need/disability. An experienced, licensed social worker designed the curriculum using expert guidance/resources and facilitates all groups to offer support and resources for parents who often feel overwhelmed and isolated.

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

To support their innovative Chalk Talk group therapy program within the Framingham Housing Authority, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, and Cameron and Walsh Middle Schools in Framingham.

Employment Options. Inc.

To support the growth of Catering Options, their social enterprise that trains and employs individuals in mental health recovery. Catering Options' innovative approach provides skills and employment to alleviating a community health concern, recovery from a mental illness.

English At Large

To support the launch of a Career Access Lab and Basic English program to Waltham, a town that makes up 20% of learners on EAL’s waitlist.

Family ACCESS of Newton

To support the Waltham Family Strengthening Project that reaches vulnerable families with children under six in collaboration with Waltham Family School and Waltham High School. The program delivers proven interventions with compassion to stabilize families, prevent abuse and neglect, and improve future options for young parents and their children.

Friends of Resiliency for Life, Inc.

To support parent engagement for the program, which helps students at high risk of dropping out of school attain a high school diploma and a realistic, sustainable, post-graduate plan.

Friends of the Waltham Family School, Inc.

To support and sustain their Interactive Literacy program so that Waltham Family School can continue to serve an increased number of low-income, immigrant families with limited educational opportunities and access to family support services, especially those families with children with special needs.

Hope and Comfort

To support their Stock the Shelves program, which increases access to essential personal care products like soap, deodorant, and toothpaste by placing these items on food pantry shelves.

Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center

To support Jeff’s Place in offering pro bono or reduced rates for bereavement-related individual and family therapy and counseling.

Jewish Family & Children's Service

To support services for vulnerable new parents and babies in MetroWest towns, including home visits and support groups.

Jewish Family Service of MW

To support Reducing Achievement Gaps Family Assistance Network: Emergency Aid for Poor Immigrant Families with Young Children. Reducing Achievement Gaps is a wrap-around, multi-component, evidence-supported program supporting Framingham's most economically disadvantaged, primarily Brazilian immigrant children and their families.

Massachusetts Audubon Society

To support their Nature Explorations program, which provides underserved Framingham youth with after-school experiences designed to spark curiosity about the wonders of the natural world. This program is executed in partnership with Hoops and Homework.

MetroWest ESL Fund

To support their Framingham adult ESL program and provide additional ESL classes to help adult immigrants in the MetroWest area learn English, navigate systems, and prepare for college and career.

MetroWest Legal Services

To support MWLS' general operations and support their legal work in a variety of areas, including housing, domestic violence, government benefits, health care access, immigration relief for victims of violence, education, elder law, wage and hour disputes, consumer debt, small business formation, and the operation of the pro bono panel.

MetroWest Mediation Services, Inc.

To support MWMS mediators in providing free mediation services in summary process sessions (eviction cases) to landlords and tenants in three district courts in MetroWest.

Natick Service Council, Inc.

To support NSC’s case management program and related NSC services, which provide basic human services to low-income residents in Natick.

One Can Help, Inc.

To support their expansion to reach more at-risk children, parents and/or entire families get the specific item or service they urgently need in order to encourage positive change, maintain stability, or both.

OUT MetroWest

To expand their programming for low and no-cost events for LGBTQ families to help them establish roots and build community in MetroWest. LGBTQ families will be connected with one another and with local businesses through family-friendly and educational activities.

Project Citizenship

To support their third annual, large citizenship workshop in Framingham to benefit immigrants living and working in the MetroWest area.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc.

To support REACH’s Peers Against Violence program, which partners with local schools to provide classroom-based programming, peer leadership activities, and faculty/staff/parent training to promote healthy relationships.

Rise Above Foundation

To support local foster families and provide the funding for youth in their care to participate in enriching activities and experiences such as sports, music, and camp.

SMOC/Voices Against Violence

To support services to survivors of rape and sexual assault, including a 24-hour hotline, counseling and support groups, and legal and medical advocacy. All services are offered free of charge and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

WATCH Inc

To support the addition of two specialized classes (a basic computer class and a citizenship class) in their English/Life Skills Program for immigrant students.