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Letter: Ministries at 20

Thank you to Chris Curtis for a thoughtful report on the 20th anniversary of Social Ministries! Fr. Stan’s wonderful vision and perseverance has enabled many families to be helped since 1994.

Staff, board members and volunteers over those decades who have worked so hard to listen to and meet the many different needs deserve credit. It is a privilege to be trusted by the community and to walk with them as they look for ways to solve problems and grow stronger.

I would like to clarify that the Ministries partner with many other local agencies, private and governmental institutions, educators, law enforcement, faith communities and individuals to do the work of supporting families and individuals as they build healthy lives.

We would not be able to advocate with parents or for children, without our partnership with the Brick House, The Center for New Americans, Community Action, the Gill Montague Community School Partnership, Gill Montague Schools, Greenfield Community College’s Women’s Resource Center, MA Dept. of Children & Families, New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT), Our Lady of Peace Parish/ Turners Falls and the United Way of Franklin County and others.

In the article it indicated that we offer education on child development through the English for Speakers of Other Languages courses taught by the Center for New Americans at our downtown Turners Falls location. Actually, it is through the 16-week Nurturing Families Program, offered in partnership with the Gill Montague Schools (and the Brick House Community Connections Coalition, Community Action’s Family Center, Head Start, the Dept. of Children & Families and the Dept. of Early Education & Care) that parenting best-practices and child development insights are offered.

With gratitude for the support of all of our donors and funders,

SUSAN MARENECK,

Director, Catholic Social Ministries

Turners Falls

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