What an amazing morning! 45 providers from every sector and every county of Western Massachusetts came together today – housing and shelter providers, domestic violence service providers, mental health and substance use treatment providers, child care, health care and youth providers, veterans services, employment services, secondary and higher education providers and state agencies all under one roof at CHD. Roughly 200 people attended! You can get a sense of the crowd in the room from the pictures below. The room teemed with the excitement of people connecting, learning, and building relationships, all in service of our shared goal to support families in their efforts at greater housing stability.
The feedback has already been overwhelmingly positive: “This was amazing!” “What a great event!” “I learned so much.” “Great information.” And so much more of the same.
Special thanks to CHD (and Jane Banks) for their fiscal sponsorship of the event and provision of space and related supplies. We could not have done it without them!
Thanks also to our additional planning partners at Way Finders (Janette Vigo) and Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin (Janna Tetreault). And finally thanks to every single Network partner who showed up to share or to learn or (mostly) do both. It was a fine moment reflecting what this Network is all about: collaboration and coordination towards preventing and ending homelessness.
Congratulations to all!
Check out the coverage on Channel 22 here.