February 22, 2020
State Awards $257K in Training Grants to Two Mass. Nonprofits

February 14, 2020 — Two eastern Massachusetts nonprofits yesterday were awarded $257,000 by the state to fund customized training that promotes job growth, retention, and increased opportunity for workers.

“The Workforce Training Fund Program empowers Massachusetts businesses to undertake the same kind of critical upskilling we have seen companies invest in over the past year,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Employers can get the skilled workforce they need to thrive, create opportunities for growth and remain competitive in an ever-changing global economy.”

“By funding training partnerships such as the Workforce Training Fund Program, employees do not have to enroll in outside classes to increase their earnings and advance in their careers, and employers can invest in their existing workforce in a tight labor market,” said Lieutenant Gov. Polito.

The state awarded a total of $10.1 million in training grants, nearly all of which went to for-profit organizations.

Receiving the grants were Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, and FamilyAid Boston a Boston-based nonprofit that is the largest provider of private homelessness prevention funding in the Greater Boston area,

Father Bill’s & MainSpring will use the $73,000 it received to train 80 workers. while FamilyAid Boston, will employ $184,050 it received to train 72 workers.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring staff will take part in training that includes clinical skills, leadership development, operations management, and technology training.

“Our goal is to end homelessness, and this requires an innovative, forward-thinking approach to our work," said John Yazwinski, President & CEO of Father Bill’s & MainSpring. "That’s why we are committed to investing in our staff on the front lines who bring hope to our most vulnerable neighbors.

"Homelessness is a complex issue with no one-size-fits-all solution, and these trainings will better equip our staff with the tools needed to meet the unique needs of every individual, family and veteran who comes to our doors for help,”

Father Bill’s & MainSpring traces its roots to the founding of the MainSpring Coalition for the Homeless in 1982, which was a single service provider of family and individual emergency shelters. The Quincy Interfaith Sheltering Coalition was founded two years later and several years later moved to a building called Father Bill's Place. In 2007, Father Bill's Place and the MainSpring Coalition merged.

Today, Father Bill’s & MainSpring provides evidence-based service models including homelessness prevention, eviction prevention, access to quality health and behavioral health care, access to childcare and after-school programs, rapid re-housing, healthy meals programs, supportive housing, and job training programs.

FamilyAid Boston annually supports more than 1,600 homeless children and parents with outreach, prevention, diversion, shelter, housing, and supportive services.

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