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May 18, 2022
Homelessness Grant; Signing Bonuses; New Museum; Top Nonprofit

April 12, 2022 — Eden gets grant to fight homelessness. Behavioral Health Network using signing bonuses to attract employees. Holocaust Legacy Foundation buys land for new museum. NeedyMeds joins Top 50 list once again.

Eden Gets Grant to Fight Homelessness

Eden (Empowered and Dedicated to Edify the Nation), a Boston-area nonprofit that provides resources to families struggling with homelessness, recently was granted $15,000 from the Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation to support its intervention and stabilization program, the foundation announced.

“Raising a family is no easy feat. EDEN is the bridge to self-sufficiency for families experiencing homelessness,” said Jehu Leconte, co-founder and chief executive officer of EDEN.

Andrea Borowiecki, vice president of charitable giving and community engagement at Rockland Trust, said, “By providing a wide range of personal development programs to the mothers and children they serve, EDEN is changing lives within the communities we serve, and we’re exceptionally proud to play a small role in the meaningful work they’re doing.”

Throughout the year, EDEN has two six-month cohorts where a personalized plan is developed for each family focused on wellness training, self-development, job training, and financial literacy. Each family moves at their own pace and has personal goals and needs. By the end of the program, over 70% of the 52 women they serve will be employed, making above minimum wage, and will have saved over $1,000.

Behavioral Health Network Using Signing Bonuses to Attract Employees

Facing the same tight market for new employees as many Massachusetts nonprofits, Behavioral Health Network (BHN), a Springfield-based nonprofit provider of behavioral health services for adults, children, and families, recently announced it is offering signing bonuses of up to $4,500 to attract new staff.

Many positions offered though virtual and in-person job fairs held, April 7, 12, and 14, will be carry the bonuses for the first 100 applicants hired, BHN said. To qualify, individuals must be residents of Massachusetts hired to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Signing bonuses of $2,000 are also available for those who may not qualify for $4,500 bonuses.

Since the beginning of the year, Massachusetts nonprofit leaders have said finding enough staff, and volunteers, pose major challenges in 2022.

Holocaust Legacy Foundation Buys Land for New Museum

The Holocaust Legacy Foundation, a Boston nonprofit that works to preserve and perpetuate the memory and lessons of the Holocaust, last week announced it purchased land across a building on Tremont Street near the Boston Common, as the future site of the city’s first indoor museum dedicated to the Holocaust. An outdoor New England Holocaust Memorial is located near Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Foundation founders Jody Kipnis and Todd Ruderman paid $11.5 million for the 15,000-square-foot building, The Boston Globe reported.

“Our goal right now is to endeavor to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Nazi regime, and the numerous genocides that have happened before the Holocaust and beyond the Holocaust,” Kipnis told MassLive. “We just want to create a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued.”

Michael Berenbaum, a professor, author and filmmaker who served as project director for the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is in charge of developing the exhibitions for the Boston museum, according to The Globe. No date has been set for the museum’s opening.

NeedyMeds Joins Top 50 List Once Again

NeedyMeds, a Gloucester-based nonprofit that provides information to help people afford medications and health care, which employs 29 people, this week was named among the 50 best nonprofit organizations to work for in the United States, according to a newly published ranking.

The nonprofit was ranked no. 39 overall, and no. 18 among small organizations (those with 15-49 employees).

“This is the eighth time we’ve been honored with this top award,” said Richard J. Sagall, president and co-founder of NeedyMeds. “I couldn’t be more proud of our staff. They work hard to keep our resources up-to-date and help people to afford their medications and healthcare costs.”

The annual ranking is based on 10 factors spanning culture and communication, compensation and benefits, and leadership.

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