Worcester, MA – Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human service organizations in New England, was awarded a $10,000 grant
from Wells Fargo
. This funding from Wells Fargo will support the establishment of the Fashioning the Future Fund and Mentoring Program
for the Ruth House of Brockton, MA, a teen parenting program
of Ascentria. The Fund will provide assistance to Ruth House mothers as they transition to independent living. The Mentoring Program will connect the mothers with caring, responsible and reliable adult mentors. These mentors understand the importance of helping young people acquire necessary life skills such as informed decision making, conflict resolution and long term planning while learning to trust and develop positive social skills.
Through its charitable giving programs, Wells Fargo embraces its responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through its operations and actions. Wells Fargo focuses its giving on community development, health and human services and educational programs that create lasting change and address the challenges facing the cities and towns where its customers and team members live and work.
“While the Ruth House has a powerful and positive impact on these teen mothers,” explains Candace Cramer, Ascentria chief development officer, “they still face many challenges after leaving the program. In the ‘real world’ they encounter many potential barriers to their continued success, like trying to attend college while working and caring for a baby, or other difficult situations involving transportation and child care. The Fashioning the Future Fund will give the Ruth House mothers a ‘hand up’ as they transition into the community. With this fund, the young women can receive help paying for such things as post-secondary education, job training, transportation and child care.
“Mentoring is also important,” adds Ms. Cramer. “In fact, mentors provide a consistent, stable adult presence in a young person’s life. Research shows that youth who have mentors are 52 percent less likely to skip school, making them more likely to graduate. Youth with mentors are more likely to reduce high-risk behaviors, such as violent tendencies and substance abuse.”
“Ascentria has a long, meaningful track record of strengthening the communities where it operates by empowering people to obtain the tools needed to respond to life’s challenges,” said Briana Curran, vice president, communications and community development, Wells Fargo New England. “Wells Fargo is pleased to support Ruth House and support these programs that are helping young moms in their transition to independence and achieving long-term success.”
For more information about the Ruth House Fashioning the Future Luncheon & Fashion Show
please visit ascentria.org/fashion
or call 774.243.3934
For more information about Ascentria’s Mentoring Program please call Janet Waters at 774.243.3909.