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Caring Force rally draws 1,000+ to State House

On Monday, April 2, members of the Providers' Council and The Caring Force sent a resounding message to our lawmakers: invest in human service programs and workers now.

Blowing away all expectations, more than 1,000 Council and Caring Force members  flooded the State House, actually forcing security to shut down the building for a short period due to capacity limits. Even more took to the internet to amplify our message through our virtual rally. And lawmakers heard the message.

In fact, Senate President Therese Murray gave us her commitment that as soon as she can find the funding, she will direct it back to human services.

And you should be proud to know that she also said she is proud to stand with us in our fight, telling rally attendees that our sector "has the most passionate advocates, who understand the issues and the process, and they have not given up, and they will not give up."

The rally's program featured direct care workers, the family member of someone receiving services, a self-advocate, as well as Senate President Murray, Sen. Karen Spilka, Rep. Ruth Balser, and Rep. David Linsky. If you didn't make it to the rally, check out the videos below!

The excitement from the rally helped us gain coverage from State House News, WWLP, AP, MetroWest Daily News, and Patch.

And thank you to all of the advocates who took our rallying cry to Twitter: our hashtag -- #CareRally -- generated 115 tweets that created 117,562 impressions, and reached an audience of 42,893 followers within the past 24 hours!

Be sure to check out our photo album on Facebook and take some time to watch the videos below.

Thank you again for all that you do to make us such a powerful force for supporting human services!

Lisa Carriere, Direct Care Worker, NuPath, Inc.

Patty Garrity, family member of someone served by Road to Responsibility

Presentation of Awards to legislators and remarks by Senate President Murray

Sen. Karen Spilka

Rep. Ruth Balser

Rep. David Linsky

Clara Snowden, Program Director, Center for Human Development

Bob Walters, Board Chair, Bay Cove Human Services

Anne Fracht, Self-Advocacy Coordinator, Advocates, Inc.