News, Ideas & Impact

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 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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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 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 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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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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