Mission Moments

Teaching etiquette gains life lessons

When Deborah Jones thinks back on her 20 years with CHD, she can describe many different ways she’s helped people, but there’s one story she loves to share. It starts when Jim Goodwin, CHD’s President and CEO, asked her about a new job. “Jim connected me with a program director and she and I clicked […]


Adaptive Martial Arts

Instructor Ken Goodrich is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, a nine time US and World Breaking Association champion, and a three time USA Taekwondo champion in Board Breaking. He has broken 12 concrete blocks at once…using his elbow. What does someone with a skill set like that offer to kids with disabilities? Quite […]


Helping women ‘feel beautiful’ – one wig at a time

Copied from Westfield News Group, June 28, 2017. By Lori Szepelak WEST SPRINGFIELD-Joan Quinn learned the art of making wigs in the 1960’s at her first job – Steiger’s in downtown Springfield – and that skill has been a blessing throughout her career and is now helping women battling cancer who have lost their hair. On […]


AW Hastings knows windows, and Caring (Together)

The employees of A.W. Hastings came together to make a positively life changing donation to CHD’s Caring Together Program. Caring Together is a residential foster care program serving children from zero to 17 years of age. All too often, children will arrive at the program with all of their belongings in a trash bag. It […]


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Month

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Awareness Month Spotlights Processing Trauma with Therapy SPRINGFIELD, MA – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often viewed in the context of soldiers coming home from war where they experienced trauma. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event […]