News, Ideas & Impact

February 1, 2021

$500,000 in new Wells Fargo Relief Aid to Help Western Massachusetts Small Businesses Impacted by Covid-19

Wells Fargo has announced that Common Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has received $500,000 from its Open for Business Fund to help underserved area small businesses impacted by the economic struggles caused by COVID-19.

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January 14, 2021

Way Finders Receives $195,000 Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Way Finders was awarded a three-year grant for $195,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to continue working with community advocates to advance age-friendly policies in Springfield. 

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June 30, 2020

Gov. Baker announces $20 million in rental, mortgage assistance during coronavirus pandemic

The Baker administration on Tuesday announced an emergency housing program that would offer to $20 million in rental and mortgage assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

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June 11, 2020

Mayor Sarno and Congressman Neal Announce Local Partnership with Way Finders for $2 Million Mortgage, Rent and Utility Assistance

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan, and President and CEO of Way Finders Peter A. Gagliardi for an announcement of mortgage, rent and utility assistance and relief.

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June 9, 2020

Way Finders Names Keith Fairey as Next President and Chief Executive Officer

Springfield, MA— Way Finders’ Board of Directors announced today that Keith Fairey will serve as its next President and CEO, succeeding Peter Gagliardi who will retire on June 30 after nearly 30 years of service with the organization.

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June 4, 2020

In Sadness, Anger, and Hope We Stand Together

Dear Friends,

All of us at Way Finders join you in sadness and in anger.

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April 28, 2020

Way Finders Reports Large Increase in Those Seeking Services

Way Finders, Inc. has been experiencing a significant increase in the number of families and individuals who are seeking services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis. Since launching an online assessment portal for Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) funding in late March, the organization has received over 1,200 inquiries, averaging 50-100 new inquiries every day, and is responding with new means of service delivery. 

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March 2, 2020

Way Finders Names Laureen Borgatti Chief Operating Officer

Way Finders Inc. named Laureen Borgatti its new chief operating officer. She has been employed by the organization for 27 years, serving in various administrative capacities, most recently as the organization’s chief of staff and chief administrative officer.

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December 19, 2019

A Letter from Peter Gagliardi

I am writing today to announce that after nearly thirty years, I will be stepping down from my position as President and CEO of Way Finders, effective June 30, 2020.  

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November 21, 2019

Cynthia Vega Buys a Home

Cynthia Vega, her husband, and her four kids lived in a Way Finders’ shelter program for 3 years. Her kids were shared bedrooms, two to a room.

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