News, Ideas & Impact

November 15, 2021

Sonia and Evelyn: A window into how the FSS Program helps participants realize their potential

When was the last time someone saw potential in you that you couldn’t see—or voice—on your own?

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November 3, 2021

How Employment Support Made a Difference for Jonel Freeman

Every so often, when the stars align, we may cross paths with someone who shines just the right light—and helps us see the way forward. For Jonel Freeman, a 2014 graduate of the Westover Job Corp’s Advanced Culinary Arts program, this person is Way Finders Employment Specialist Madeline Martinez.

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October 22, 2021

New affordable housing project ribbon cutting ceremony in Holyoke

City and state officials celebrated the completion of a new affordable housing project in Holyoke on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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October 15, 2021

Bernadette Burke on her Latest Path to Homeownership: Savviness + Stability

There are so many steps on the path toward purchasing a home! Not to mention the fire hose of emotions and questions that come with. What are you looking for? What monthly payment feels right? How are credit reports pulled? Are you and your partner on the same page? How to lock in an interest rate?  

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October 7, 2021

Five Myths about the Homebuying Process

Homebuyer education is more than just the sharing of information—it's also the correcting of misinformation. Way Finders Homeownership & Financial Education Manager Araceli Rivera shares her insight.

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September 30, 2021
September 29, 2021

One Less Stressor for Caregiver Roberto Camacho

By late September 2017, Roberto Camacho breathed a sigh of relief. Earlier that month, he had successfully helped his elderly parents relocate from their hometown of Yauco, Puerto Rico, to the one-bedroom home he was renting in Springfield, Massachusetts. Roberto had made this same move on his own several years prior, to take a job with the Gándara Center.

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September 17, 2021

Iriana Cordero - A push. A plan. A place.

Iriana Cordero, a mother of three and an accomplished baker, admittedly does not relish the spotlight. But when encouraged to reflect upon the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and what it means for her family, her face lights up.

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September 17, 2021

Mayor Sarno Provides Additional $300,000 to Way Finders for Mortgage Assistance Program

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan and Housing Director Geraldine McCafferty announced today that the City of Springfield will provide an additional $300,000 to Way Finders for the Mortgage Assistance Program. 

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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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