News, Ideas & Impact

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 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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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 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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