The Sixth Annual Caring Force Rally and Lobby Day brought together more than 500 advocates, people we serve, staff, family members, and legislators on Tuesday, April 25 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
Vinfen Community Integrations and Benefits Coordinator Tim Regan was given the opportunity to speak in support of House Bill 116. The bill would create a student loan repayment program for human service workers. This would help reduce the cost of education for those interested in pursuing work that provides services to people with disabilities. Tim was followed by two additional people served by the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Developmental Disability Services who advocated for the Caring Force legislative agenda – including providing better access to affordable health care and providing fair pay to staff to encourage longevity in the human services field.
Among the many Vinfen staff and supporters present was a large group from Vinfen’s Haverhill Clubhouse. The group met with a legislative aide to State Representative Brian Dempsey and presented Representative Dempsey with an award for his support of a member’s Boxing Gym in Haverhill, MA. The group also met with Representatives from Legislative Director Maria Syriotis and Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ offices. The Clubhouse members shared personal stories and achievements to illustrate how Clubhouse services have positively affected their lives.
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