News, Ideas & Impact

September 15, 2021

A Festive Kick-off to the New Academic Year for Families at a Way Finders Residential Resource Center

The wish to kick off the new academic year with a fresh start—embodied by a new backpack—came true this September for many children living at a Way Finders Residential Resource Center in Springfield. 

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September 3, 2021

Meet Sixta, a proud first-time homebuyer and 2021 FSS Program grad

Sixta, who had rented her entire life, joined the FSS Program in 2015 after receiving a letter about it from Way Finders. She knew that given some big changes in her life—a recent marriage, plans to return to the workforce after a hiatus spent caring for her mother—her income would soon be going up.  

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August 31, 2021

Busy Sparking and Activating Connections in Holyoke

What makes the difference between a “no” and a “maybe ” in terms of getting residents involved in community building work? Between watching from the outside or joining the group? Between seeing a challenge as insurmountable or as something to take on with vigor?

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August 25, 2021

From overlooked to empowered: Juanita Batchelor’s efforts to stem gun violence, in honor of her son

The loss of a loved one to gun violence—whether to homicide or incarceration—forever changes the lives of those left behind. There is anger and pain, and the feeling of coming undone.

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August 17, 2021

Our place, our home: spotlight on first-time homebuyers Carlos and Sasha Nunez

For first-time homebuyers Carlos and Sasha Nunez, home is where their family has found space to play, space to grow, space to dream, and space to be. 

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August 12, 2021

Barbara & Dan - From Impasse to Solution

Barbara and Dan moved to their home in Amherst in 2007 with an eye toward the future, as they hope to reside in it for as long as they can. But in recent years, Dan, who has a heart condition, ran into challenges. 

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August 2, 2021

As Eviction Moratorium Ends, Housing Assistance Still Available In Massachusetts

A federal moratorium on evictions came to an end this weekend, but housing advocates in Massachusetts say help and millions of dollars in rental assistance are available.

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July 20, 2021

Jessica Ramirez

For Jessica Ramirez, who recently reflected on her journey with the Way Finders Family Self-Sufficiency Program, the past few years have brought some momentous changes. Punctuated by “little miracles,” “positive vibes,” “happy tears,” and “open doors.” Which, collectively, have helped her overcome struggles and fears of failing. 

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July 19, 2021

Kyana Cunningham

Taking bold steps—going out of her comfort zone for the benefit of her family—has been a recurring theme for Family Self-sufficiency Program participant Kyana Cunningham.

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July 15, 2021

Funding Awards for New Rental Housing Expand Way Finders’ Impact

Way Finders is pleased to announce that two new Way Finders developments—Rosewood Way in Agawam and Plaza Apartments in South Hadley—have been awarded state funding and will be moving toward construction.

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