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More than 500 supporters of community-based human services to rally at State House on April 2

Contact: Bill Yelenak
Phone: 617-428-3637 x122 (office) | 860-919-0369 (cell)

BOSTON – More than 500 human services clients, consumers, family members, workers, executives, board members, volunteers – members of The Caring Force – are expected to attend a rally at the State House in Boston on Monday, April 2. They will fill the Grand Staircase and Nurses Hall areas at 10:30 a.m. to rally in support of increased funding for human services and an annualized salary adjustment for direct care workers, who are among the lowest-paid individuals in the Commonwealth.

WHO: More than 500 members of The Caring Force, including workers, clients, family members, executives, board members and volunteers. Legislators – including Senate President Murray, Senator Spilka and Representatives Balser and Linsky – are expected to give remarks.

WHAT: The Caring Force, a grassroots human services advocacy movement, and the Providers’ Council, the state’s largest human services membership association, host a rally in support of increased funding for services and a salary adjustment for low-paid human services workers. Event will include a speaking program with direct care workers, family members, self advocates, a board member and legislators.

WHY: The human services sector has endured huge budget cuts over the past few years. In 2008, the sector received $2.8 billion from the state government, but today, it only receives $2.1 billion – a decrease of 25 percent. Low-paid workers, meanwhile, have not received an annualized salary increase since FY ’08.

WHERE: Massachusetts State House, Grand Staircase and Nurses Hall areas.

WHEN: Monday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. Main program will conclude at 11:30 a.m. and event attendees will make office visits to legislators.

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.