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Springfield Jewish Community Center camp brings joy to diverse population, including children from Ukraine, Afghanistan

Matthew Grochowski has been attending the Jewish Community Center Summer Camp since 2015, with the exception of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the traditional camp. Read more

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A Verdict is Reached

Ascentria Care Alliance - April 22, 2021

After George Floyd’s murder, a symbolic line was drawn in the sand and we were expected to choose a side. Stand on the side that turns a blind eye to the actions of racist police officers against Black people or, in the name of justice and humanity, stand with Black people who are far too often targeted by and victims of racist police practices.

We knew there was but one side. Our values at Ascentria – courage, compassion, and integrity - guide that choice. Read more

Ascentria's 2020 Annual Report

Ascentria Care Alliance - April 21, 2021

Overcoming Challenges Together.

As we reflect back on this past year, it cannot be denied that it was extremely emotional in so many ways. We were, and still are, a nation coping with a pandemic, struggling with racial inequity, and dealing with political divisiveness. 

We’ve felt fear, despair, and uncertainty. But we are also starting to see new possibilities. Possibilities in new conversations, new commitment to change, and not just “returning to normal” but building a new, more equitable, more compassionate, more sustainable future. 

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Amy Moore, Director of In-Home Care, Testifies for Choices for Independence

Ascentria Care Alliance - March 17, 2021

Thousands of Granite Staters depend on the CFI program. These are low-income, medically vulnerable individuals ages 18 to 100 who qualify for nursing homes, but who choose to remain in their own homes. Home and community-based care cost a fraction of what a nursing home does. Unfortunately, these programs have been underfunded for over a decade - so badly that New Hampshire ranks 50th in the amount of Medicaid funding it spends on home and community-based care. Read more

Ascentria is a "Learn to Earn" Grant Recipient!

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - February 16, 2021

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that organizations in Boston, Holyoke, and Worcester will each receive grants to design career pathway programs that aim to promote financial stability for unemployed or underemployed adults. These grants are being awarded through the Learn to Earn (LTE) initiative which seeks to support individuals who are receiving assistance from public benefit programs in gaining and retaining employment in occupations for which employers have persistent demand.

Ascentria Care Alliance in Worcester, JRI/STRIVE Boston in Boston, and Holyoke Community College in Holyoke will work with partners to prepare jobseekers for in-demand careers in the healthcare industry such as residential supervisor, sterile processing technician, and community health workers.

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Op-Ed: The Assault on Our Capitol

Ascentria Care Alliance - Jeff Kinney - January 12, 2021

Along with the vast majority of the American public, we are appalled, saddened and angry about the attack on our nation on Wednesday by a minority group of extremists with a narrow disruptive agenda. The disparate law enforcement treatment of a largely white mob caused further pain to people of color who have experienced much harsher protest responses. It is an unfortunate reminder that we remain a nation very much divided along political and racial lines. While healthy and peaceful political discourse is and always will be a welcome part of our society, there will never be a place for what happened at the US Capitol, and all participants need to be held accountable. Read more

An Agent of Change

Worcester Living - By Richard Duckett - December 17, 2020

An agent of change

Through roles in city government, education and Mechanics Hall, Stacey Luster’s impact on Worcester continues to reverberate.

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The 2020 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts

The Boston Globe - November 6, 2020

Meet the female power players of the Bay State. The 2020 installment of this list, a joint project of The Commonwealth Institute and the Globe Magazine, includes leaders of health care companies, retail giants, construction heavyweights, financial institutions, nonprofits, and many more. All told, the women featured here­ — ­responsible for thousands of employees and billions in revenue­ — ­drive the Massachusetts economy.

How the list was created: For each organization, The Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports female business leaders, examined revenue or operating budget as well as other variables, including number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects. TCI then ranked organizations according to its own formula. This is the 20th year that TCI has created the list and the eighth year that the Globe Magazine has partnered with the group.

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Ascentria Care Alliance Infuses New Worcester Talent Into Board of Directors

Ascentria Care Alliance - September 17, 2020

In reviewing its strategic direction, the board of directors concluded that more Worcester based directors were an imperative for the organization. As a result, ACA made a concerted effort to “double down” on the recruitment of Worcester-area board members. Jeff Kinney, Chief of Staff and External Relations said “Worcester is a special community and we wanted our board to include more local leaders who are committed to the continued growth and prosperity of this great city. Ascentria is grateful that these talented professionals have accepted our invitation to join the board to provide incremental insight and guidance to our organization. Read more

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