News Hundreds of human services workers call for livable wages and loan repayment during Caring Force rally at State House

In an effort to address the workforce crisis impacting the human services sector in Massachusetts, over 500 human services workers and advocates crowded the Great Hall of the State House today for The Caring Force’s 11th Annual State House Rally and Advocacy Day, urging legislators to pass the Providers’ Council’s bills for livable wages and a student loan repayment program.

In addition, Sen. Jo Comerford (Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester) and Rep. Jack Lewis (Ashland, Framingham) each received a Caring Bear Award from members of The Caring Force, as both legislators have been instrumental in supporting the state’s community-based human services sector.

The Caring Force also welcomed individuals from ServiceNet; My Life, My Choice; Justice Resource Institute; and Action for Boston Community Development to tell their personal stories, as well as Senate President Karen Spilka.

For more information about the rally — which returned after a three-year absence — please email Caroline O’Neill.

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