2018-2019 Budget Priorities

Our mission focuses on collaboration between the private and public sectors. This means bringing together philanthropists, social service agencies as well as community leaders. Our goal is to help individuals and families overcome their hurdles towards opportunity and inclusion.

An Act Regulating the Use of Credit Reports by Employers (House 3153) - Legislation to restrict the harmful and unfair practice by employers of using credit histories as a screening tool.

Lift the Cap  Repealing the family cap and ensuring that 8,700 at risk children and families in the Commonwealth receive the resources they need such as clean diapers, warm clothing, and food.

Transitions to Work: (7003-0607) – The Transitions model, based on a program developed by the Ruderman Family Foundation provides job training services and support for individuals with disabilities, providing transferrable skills for competitive employment. This employer-focused model works with businesses to identify needs and trains these students to meet these needs and achieve sustainable employment.  People with disabilities are often eager and able to work with the right training, and while about 19,000 people with a disability are unemployed graduates of this program have a 73% job placement rate with 94% job retention over its 3 years.

Secure Jobs Initiative: (4400-1020) – Secure Jobs, started by the Fireman Family Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) includes seven statewide partnerships that identify employable parents residing in short-term rapid re-housing and rental voucher program, and assess their career skills and barriers to employment. These individuals are then matched with services that will help them overcome these barriers and connect them with suitable employers in jobs with defined career ladders. After job placement, partner agencies provided one-year retention services. Current partners include experience working in partnership with regional administering agencies, including, but not limited to: Community Teamwork, Inc.; Father Bill's & MainSpring, Inc.; HAP, Inc.; Jewish Vocational Services; South Middlesex Opportunity Council; Worcester Community Action Council; and SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Bridges to College: (7066-0040) – Bridges leverages major employer investments in professional development and state investments in adult secondary education by providing employees, students exiting a GED, Adult Diploma ESOL class and others who are un-prepared to go to college with a viable pathway to college enrollment and success.  Bridges also saves the Commonwealth, and students thousands of dollars by avoiding remedial education classes. Instead placing students in college-level classes when they are prepared. The Department of Higher Education recently awarded contracts to Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) (in partnership with MassBay Community College); Catholic Charities/El Centro Adult Education Program; Hampden County Sherriff’s Department (in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College); and Northern Essex Community College.

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities: (9110-1660) – Services provided through a NORC in an “Aging in Place” model allow elders to continue living independently in their homes and also reduce the utilization of costly nursing home care. For congregate and shared housing services and naturally occurring retirement communities for the elderly; provided, that not less than $906,000 shall be expended for providers of naturally occurring retirement communities with whom the department of elder affairs entered into service agreements in fiscal year 2018, at proportions of total available funding equal to those provided in fiscal year 2018, and provided further that not less than an additional $25,000 shall be expended on a naturally occurring retirement community focused on LGBT elders in the greater Boston area, and an additional $25,000 shall be a expended on a naturally occurring retirement community specifically targeting mental health support and services.

Non-Profit Security Grants: (8000-0600)– In response to the wave of attacks on religious institutions of all faiths, we are seeking funds to help organizations increase their building security. These grants allow for target hardening improvements to a non-profit’s building such as bullet proof windows, security cameras or staff training on how to respond in the event of a threat or attack.