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With low wages and few workers, NH home care system has ‘gone off the cliff'

Borja Alvarez de Toledo says the home care workers he employs "perform miracles," when they do the dressing, bathing and light housework that allows elderly adults, who are eligible for nursing home care, to continue to seek personal care services at home.

And yet, these workers are paid $13.50 an hour and are never eligible for benefits, said Alvarez de Toledo, CEO of Waypoint, a nonprofit agency that provides different social services throughout New Hampshire. The low wages and lack of benefits make it extremely difficult to find employees willing to provide this essential service.

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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

Together We Must Make a Difference

Ascentria Care Alliance - June 3, 2020

Our nation is very sick. We are living through a pandemic, which is the easiest of the illnesses. We are also living with a cancer called racism and we suffer from massive crippling of income inequality. The first one can be cured with a vaccine, however the second two are much more structural and systemic. Read more

‘Superheroes work here’ -- Young mom thanks front line workers at Ruth House in Brockton

The Enterprise - May 11, 2020

When young Brockton mother Jasmine Meninno was deciding on what to draw on a banner she was making for the essential workers at Ruth House, “Rosie the Riveter” popped right into her brain. Read more

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