The Caring Force Blog MetroWest #CaringForceRally Recap

| Caroline O'Neill

The MetroWest Human Services Advocacy Coalition (South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), Advocates, Justice Resource Institute, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network) hosted a successful legislative breakfast  on Friday, May 10th at Nevins Hall in Framingham, MA.

Jewish Family Services of MetroWest CEO Lino Covarrubias kicked off the event. Covarrubias shared the group’s primary legislative and budget topics. He asked the crowd to reach out to their legislators and told them that there is power in the stories that they share. Covarrubias then introduced Framingham Mayor Charlie Sistisky who shared his support of the human services sector.

The group then awarded the Bill Taylor Award to Common Ground Case Managers at SMOC for their excellent team work and effectiveness.

Senate President Karen Spilka emphasized funding the Chapter 257 Reserve at $390 million for FY ’25, highlighting the importance of human services workers. Representatives Priscila Sousa, Jack Patrick Lewis, David Linsky, and Kate Donaghue echoed the need for support, including affordable housing statewide. The event drew nearly 200 people to City Hall, showcasing unified advocacy for increased funding and salaries for direct care workers. Thanks to all involved for championing essential programs and workers in the community. Looking forward to the State House CaringForceRally on May 22!

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