Worcester organization aims to do justice to juvenile job training
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
WORCESTER — Last week, Oscar Benitez and his peers served up appetizers for a local event in their honor. Not long ago, Mr. Benitez and his co-workers served time. They work at Straight Up Catering, which offers job training for high-risk or court-involved youths and young adults ages 14 to 24. It is a program that is part of the Straight Up Café Community Center, at 792 Main St., one of three Worcester job training businesses operated by Straight Ahead Ministries, a Worcester-based, international nonprofit that's "dedicated to reduce recidivism among youth offenders through varied reintegration services," according to a press release.
Mariano says leaders need to give public housing residents a push
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
WORCESTER — Worcester Housing Authority Executive Director Raymond V. Mariano made a spirited pitch for his rejected public assistance reforms Tuesday at a homelessness forum, highlighting a policy divide over the best way to motivate families to lift themselves from poverty. "All the voluntary programs in the world don't work," Mr. Mariano told a crowd of social workers and directors from various public assistance agencies gathered at the Worcester Area Mission Society. "The residents have got to be part of the solution."
One on One: Janice B. Yost, President & CEO of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
In 1999, Janice B. Yost moved from South Carolina to lead The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. The grantmaking foundation, located at 446 Main St., has since grown to five employees, and still emphasizes funding programs that directly benefit the region's vulnerable population. She received her doctorate in speech education at the University of Georgia in 1977. She went on to become a professor and associate chancellor for university relations at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, and later served as the president of the Mary Black Foundation, a South Carolina grantmaking foundation, before coming to Worcester. Read more...
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