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Four organizations honored with Peer Provider Awards

Four Providers' Council member organizations were recently recognized with Peer Provider Awards for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts human services sector.

Cambridge Family and Children's Service (CFCS), South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), Tapestry and Venture Community Services were honored during the Council's 42nd Annual Convention & Expo: We're All In on Sept. 25th. The awards ceremony was hosted by Emmy-winning Boston 25 News anchor Vanessa Welch.

"The key to all we do is our incredible staff that care about developing relationships (with youths) and guiding them," said Robert Gittens, President and CEO of CFCS, one of the oldest human service agencies in greater Boston.

"What we do is meet people where they're at (in their lives); we're trusting them to come to us to get the services they need without stigma," said Nellie Maldonado, Assistant Director for Program Administration at Florence-based Tapestry, which provides a wide range of health services and supports.

"Our clients are some of the hardest to serve in the Commonwealth. We ... wrap all our teams around them and put together a path to get (clients) back into the community," said Charles Gagnon, Chief Operating Officer of SMOC, an anti-poverty agency based in Framingham.

"Our greatest asset is our personnel. Our workforce is invested in what they do; we need to invest in them as well," said Mike Hyland President and CEO of Venture, which provides a variety of supports for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.  

The annual Peer Provider Awards, first presented in 1998, recognize organizations from around the state for their contributions or innovation within the sector. Nominations are made by a fellow member agency, often an organization that has worked in partnership with the recipient. A list of organizations that have received the award can be found here.