The Homepage: Spring 2013 eNewsletter from The Home

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Healing through Play

Two young brothers find their inner voice through play therapy

Joey and Ryan were just two and four years old when they were removed from their mother’s care for their own safety. They had been living in a house of chaos and uncertainty, where they were repeatedly exposed to domestic violence and their mother faced too many of her own issues to properly care for them. Although they had very different personalities, they did share one thing in common: the anxiety they felt when they lost contact with their mother.

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Mark Your Calendar

April 1-30:
Blue Ribbon Campaign

Blue Ribbon Campaign April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join The Home, other organizations and people across the country to raise awareness about this important issue by participating in the Blue Ribbon Campaign.

Apr. 15: 117th Boston Marathon

Hopkington to Boston, MA

Boston Marathon

On April 15, 2013, four dedicated individuals will set out to make a difference for children and families in The Home’s care by running in the 117th Boston Marathon. Support The Home Team and learn more about each of the team members!

May 29: Voices & Visions

Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

Voices & Visions

Every year we celebrate the creative spirit of children at our annual gala fundraiser, Voices & Visions. This year, the theme is “A Journey through the Ancient Past.” Voices & Visions 2013 will honor John T. Hailer, Chairman of The Home's Board of Directors since 2005, and President and CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management.

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From the President

February 2013 marked my 10th anniversary of serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Home for Little Wanderers. My senior staff and I took the opportunity to look back over the last decade at the many changes in our external environment: the business of child welfare, the local and national political landscape, the US economy, and the composition of today’s workforce.

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Creating Pathways to Vocation

An innovative program helps to prepare our youth for independence

Leaving “the nest” can be difficult for the average teenager. Making the transition to adulthood is often even more daunting for young people in The Home’s care. Many of them have had difficult childhoods, they struggle with behavioral and educational challenges, and lack family support and guidance. For some of them, college is simply not an option. They need to find a job, but have limited skills and resources.

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The Dedicated Staff Behind Our Work

The Home’s employees are an invaluable part of fulfilling our mission and goals. Every day, our skilled staff of more than 600 works to bring hope and change into the lives of the children and families we serve. The level of commitment and talent across the agency is reflected in the recipients of this year’s Employee of the Year Awards.

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With a Little Help from our Friends

With a little help from our friends

Support from our donors and volunteers makes it possible for us to provide the "extras" that most kids and families take for granted. WEEI, NESN, the Boston Bruins and the Waltham House Celebration Committee are just a few examples of those who have recently made a difference for our kids.

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Changing CHINS

For too long, the 40-year-old Children in Need of Services (CHINS) system forced parents, teachers and other adults to enter the complex world of the juvenile justice system simply to access the most basic of mental health services for their children. That is all going to change.

Governor Patrick recently appointed The Home’s President and CEO, Joan Wallace-Benjamin, to serve as co-chair of the Families and Children Requiring Assistance Advisory Board, created as part of a new law that will reform CHINS. The Board will advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services in designing and implementing a community-based service network and family resource pilot program. We will bring you updates as this work progresses.

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