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A quest, a champion, and the drive for stability
Felicia Berard of Indian Orchard, a single mother of three, is back on the quest. “It’s a major goal for me, I’ve been trying a very long time, I want to buy a home before I turn 40,” she says with a laugh.
Sterile Processing Program: opening up career pathways in health care
For Lee Codrington, the opportunity to forge a new career pathway in health care—as a sterile processing technician—came at just the right moment.
From hurricane to homeownership: the reinvention of Idalis Rios
When Idalis Rios and her daughters left Puerto Rico for Springfield in 2017, in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, she arrived with $600—a gift from her grandfather to help her survive.
Meet community leader Gerardo Torres: “We are supposed to be together, be helping each other”
Essential to the collaborative work that is community building and engagement? Vision—to see potential in residents. To see ways to build trust. To see sparks of hope. But no matter how much preparation goes into bringing such visions to life, there comes a time when the key pieces—the venue, the speakers, the topics—are set. And there’s nothing left to do but close your eyes and let go. And hope there's someone like community leader Gerardo Torres there to catch the ball.
The FSS Program: the right setting, the right time, the right ears
Spotted in front of the Way Finders Housing Center at 1780 Main Street in Springfield on Monday, March 28, 2022? Two women, all smiles. One escrow check, to the tune of $3,500.
This brief exchange—between Way Finders FSS Specialist Evelyn Baez and check recipient Nicole Camacho Torres, a 2022 Family Self-Sufficiency Program graduate—was the culmination of many years of work and effort.
Coming back from setbacks: “Cynthia’s in victory mode right now”
Sometimes the weight of feeling that you aren’t yet where you’re supposed to be—personally or professionally—can be crushing. Compounded by upheavals to daily life brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this weight can be too much to bear alone. For Cynthia of Springfield, participating in Way Finders’ Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program has meant that she didn’t have to go it alone.
A pandemic-driven path to homeownership: Meet 2021 FSS graduate Shari Mendez
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives, taken lives, and reshaped how we go about living our lives. For Shari Mendez, who works at a nursing home and is raising six children, the stress of the pandemic was felt both at home and at work.
Moving forward with Library Commons Phase 2
Way Finders is pleased to receive funding in support of Library Commons 2! The 41-unit scattered site project near downtown Holyoke—on four neighboring sites to the recently completed Library Commons 1—was among the 15 projects across the state to receive affordable housing awards from the Baker-Polito Administration.
Increasingly out of reach? Housing—for residents of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley
Why is housing increasingly out of reach—in terms of availability and affordability—for many in our area? Way Finders’ President and CEO Keith Fairey, in conversation with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill, shares his take.
“I’m back in the league!”—a profile in patience and perseverance
Growth, pride, confidence, happiness. These are intangible—yet transformational—takeaways from Shlaunia Howard’s experience with Way Finders.