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Human service advocates to rally for funding at State House

Contact: Bill Yelenak
Email: byelenak@providers.org
Phone: 617-428-3637 x122 (office) | 860-919-0369 (cell)

BOSTON – More than 500 human service workers, clients/consumers and supporters from The Caring Force plan to rally at the State House to urge the Legislature to fairly fund human service programs and wages on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 with registration starting at 10 a.m.

The rally will take place in the Great Hall and the program will start at 10:30 a.m. After the program, attendees will participate in a lobby day to urge their state representatives and senators to adequately fund human services.

Workers, clients, board members, and human services executives will speak and tell their personal stories. Longtime supporters of human services Senate President Therese Murray and state Senator Karen Spilka will also address attendees, and state Representative Patricia Haddad will be honored with a Caring Bear award.

The Caring Force is asking the Legislature to support nearly $200 million in new funding to improve rates that haven't been increased for more than two decades and ensure the state's compliance with the Commonwealth's landmark rate reform law, Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008. The group is also asking for a $16.6 million Salary Reserve for workers not yet covered by new rates, as well as increases for programs not covered by Chapter 257 or the Salary Reserve, such as early education and some elder services.

  • WHAT:  The Caring Force's Third Annual Rally and Lobby Day for Human Services
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE: Massachusetts State House, Great Hall
  • WHO:   More than 500 members of The Caring Force will attend
    • Senate President Therese Murray and Sen. Karen Spilka will address attendees
    • State Representative Patricia Haddad will receive The Caring Force's Legislator of the Year award
    • Speaking program will feature a direct care professional from Road to Responsibility in Marshfield, a young person served by Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. in Boston, an employee of The Association For Community Living's social enterprise Valley Tees in Greenfield, a board member from WORK Inc. in Dorchester, Michael Moloney president and CEO of HMEA in Franklin, and Providers' Council President/CEO Michael Weekes

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The mission of The Caring Force is to empower those who care about the human services sector to advance an agenda that creates an environment in Massachusetts that protects our most vulnerable neighbors and creates a stronger economy with the pay, recognition, and respect our workers deserve. The Caring Force is an initiative of the Providers’ Council. Learn more at www.thecaringforce.org.

The Providers’ Council, also known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is the largest statewide membership association for community-based organizations providing social, rehabilitation, education and health care services.

The Providers' Council, also known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is the largest statewide membership association for community-based organizations providing social, rehabilitation, education and health care services.