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Vinfen’s Tim Regan Advocates for Loan Repayment at the MA State House

Vinfen Community Integration and Benefits Coordinator Tim Regan was featured in the Providers’ Council’s September newsletter for testifying before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on July 31 in support of legislation that would create loan repayment for low-paid human services workers.

Tim is on track to complete his undergraduate degree in 2018, but already has $25,000 of student loan debt.

“With the passing of this bill, it would aid myself and those around me in our journey to aid the clients we serve by allowing us to take care of ourselves,” Tim told the Joint Committee. “When I first entered the human service field, it was because I wanted to make a difference in lives around me and aid those who were in recovery so that they could lead their lives to their fullest. Without peace of mind to the human service worker, it is hard to take care of those we serve, who rely on us to get by in everyday life.”

Tim was joined Advocates Mobile Clinician Kristen Tingley and representatives from the Providers’ Council to testify in favor of House 116 (filed by Rep. Jeffrey Roy) and Senate 42 (filed by Sen. Jennifer Flanagan).

At the hearing, Providers’ Council Vice President of Public Policy and Development Bill Yelenak asserted that the proposed legislation  would help staff stay in jobs that they love and allow for continuity of care for the state’s most vulnerable residents.