News, Ideas & Impact

March 14, 2022

2021 graduate Frances Rojas on the FSS Program: Questions that count, conversations that matter

Some questions scratch the surface. Others keep us on our toes—and moving in the right direction. Or, in the case of 2021 FSS graduate Frances Rojas, toward purchasing her first home. 

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March 3, 2022

Way Finders’ CEO, board member receive 2022 Black Excellence on the Hill awards

At the 2022 Black Excellence on the Hill awards, held virtually February 28, 2022, Way Finders’ President and CEO Keith Fairey and Board member Lenny Underwood were honored for their leadership and efforts to help their communities thrive.

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February 23, 2022

Finding the space—physically, emotionally, financially—to rebuild paves the way to brighter days

When asked to sum up her experience with housing before she connected with Way Finders, Jessica Diaz, a native of Springfield and mother of four, presses a hand to her forehead. She shakes her head at the memory: “It was just waitlist, after waitlist, after waitlist.” 

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January 31, 2022

David Rios - First-time Homebuyer

David Rios and his wife Jacqueline graciously caught up with Way Finders shortly after they closed on their first home: a 1909 four-bedroom house in Springfield.

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January 31, 2022

She rents. She buys. She soars! FSS graduate and new homeowner Shakina Gladden

To avoid certain disappointments, parents have been known to keep a thing or two from their kids until the last minute—tentative plans for a playdate, an outing that calls for good weather—in case things fall through.

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January 4, 2022

Yamaris Rivera - Holyoke Community Advocate

Yamaris Rivera, who works as a family engagement coordinator at the H.B. Lawrence School in Holyoke, has been involved with Way Finders and the Chestnut Community Alliance since 2016. Through this connection, she has gotten to know the community and its needs more closely, both of which have greatly benefited her work.

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December 21, 2021

2021, Another Successful Toy Drive

It may seem counterintuitive, but for some kids, the thought of returning to school after the new year can be stressful. There are inevitably animated conversations swirling around (“What did you get?

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December 20, 2021

“A part of something important”—spotlight on Library Commons resident Orlando Rivera

Orlando Rivera has a way with words. You may have heard him at the Library Commons ribbon cutting ceremony in Holyoke on October 22, 2021. In giving voice to how it feels to call Way Finders’ newest affordable property home, Orlando described his experience as a single father of two spirited young children: Struggling to secure a home. Enduring a pandemic. Facing upheavals to daily life—the closing of schools, the loss of after-school care. Playing board game upon board game, building fort after fort.  

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December 16, 2021

Historic ARPA bill recognizes, invests in critical housing needs

On December 13, after months of legislative discussion, Governor Baker signed House Bill 4269.

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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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