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September 6, 2022

Majestic Theater Donates 75 Tickets to CHD Foster Kids for “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” Show

Majestic Theater Box Office Manager Katia Ball (left) and Rebecca Kudelka, a volunteer for CHD’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hampden County Last July,
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September 2, 2022

"Art Show on State" in Springfield Provides Valuable Creative Outlet

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful late-summer day for the “Art Show on State” in Springfield on August 31! The well-attended event featured
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September 1, 2022

How Grace House Helps Mothers in Recovery—and Their Children

Elizabeth, a recent graduate of CHD’s Grace House in Northampton, is grateful for the team at one of the few residential treatment programs designed for
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August 30, 2022

Hospitality Center Marks a Decade of Helping the Homeless in Waterbury, CT

Fernando (pictured), a regular visiting member of the CHD’s Hospitality Center in Waterbury, CT, recently moved into his own apartment, but he continues to come
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August 24, 2022

CHD’s Hospitality Center, a Safe Haven for the Homeless, to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

CHD’s Hospitality Center in Waterbury, CT a place where people experiencing homelessness can take care of basic needs so they can move toward stability, is
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August 12, 2022

Early Intervention Program Supervisor Cindy Napoli Attends National Breastfeeding Month Celebration

CHD Early Intervention Program Supervisor Cindy Napoli attended the City of Springfield’s Flag Raising Ceremony for the National Breastfeeding Month Kickoff on August 1. Napoli,
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July 21, 2022

Team Effort: CHD's Early Intervention Program Partners with Parents to Improve Their Children's Development

Pictured: CHD Early Intervention Program Supervisor Cindy Napoli and Linkyn When Jessica McClintock’s baby was born prematurely, he required a feeding tube and breathing tube,
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July 12, 2022

Alton Jones Named CHD’s VP of Children and Families

Alton Jones has joined CHD as the VP of Children and Families, bringing to the agency more than 25 years of experience in the human
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July 11, 2022

State Designates CHD a Community Behavioral Health Center

On July 7, the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced that CHD is one 25 behavioral health and substance use providers in Massachusetts
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July 1, 2022

Going Places: Two Teens in CHD’s Family Shelter System Honored by Holyoke Public Schools

A pair of youths served by CHD’s family shelter system have recently earned Rising Stars awards from the Holyoke Public Schools. This is the most
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June 27, 2022

CHD’s All In: Barrier-Free Recreation Program—Making Sports More Inclusive One Athlete at a Time

Giovanni Durocher (pictured), an 18-year-old athlete in CHD’s All In Barrier-Free Recreation Adaptive Dance Program, has no problem cutting loose on the dance floor, and
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June 6, 2022

CHD Launches New Brand, Including Logo, Color Palette, Tagline and Anthem Video

The Center for Human Development (CHD) is proud to launch its new brand today, presenting a fresh look and statement of its mission and values
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June 1, 2022

Western Mass Mom Prom Donates $20,000 to CHD’s Cancer House of Hope

(L-R) Cancer House of Hope (CHH) volunteer Jill Shinners, Western Mass Mom Prom (WMMP) Committee member Eva Dion, CHH volunteer April Lassard, CHH Program Director
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May 24, 2022

CHD's Not Bread Alone: Serving Delicious Meals with a Side of Community

Program Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator Bob Stover receives produce from an Amherst Farmer. It’s a Wednesday afternoon at CHD’s Not Bread Alone (NBA) community meals
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May 20, 2022

CHD-led Building Restoration Wins Historic Preservation Award

The historic Sears Building in Greenfield, now the Greenfield Center for Wellness—co-run by CHD and the Community Health Center of Franklin County (CHCFC)—was one of
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May 16, 2022

Showing Our Human Services Pride During Caring Force Spirit Week

The week of May 16-20 is Caring Force Spirit Week! We are wearing our gold Providers’ Council “The Caring Force” T-shirts to show support for
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May 9, 2022

Marlo Connor Named CHD's Chief Operating Officer

Marlo Connor has joined CHD as the Chief Operating Officer, bringing to our agency a diverse background, including a strong history in executive leadership and
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March 22, 2022

Cancer House of Hope Offers a New, Alternative Option for Its Members: Hypnosis

“I don’t do stage hypnosis—I don’t make people cluck like chickens. What I do is help everyday people with everyday problems.” —Certified Hypnotist Lee Callagher
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February 22, 2022

Healing Franklin County: An Innovative Project Helps Individuals Leaving Jail Beat Addiction and Connect with Community Resources

For many former prisoners transitioning back into their communities, the cycle of re-incarceration is difficult to break. And studies show that released inmates who have
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February 1, 2022

CHD’s All In Barrier-Free Recreation: Watch the Thunderbirds Sled Hockey Team Hit the Ice

The WWLP-22 TV show Mass Appeal visited a Springfield Thunderbirds sled hockey team practice, took footage of participants playing, and interviewed several players, parents, and
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January 31, 2022

CHD Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

CHD recently released its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Plan, which outlines ongoing efforts—as well as immediate and longer-term goals— to “build an inclusive culture
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January 28, 2022

CHD IN THE NEWS: Waterbury Fights to Keep Homeless Warm Amid Dropping Temperatures

Lori Walling is program manager at the Center for Human Development’s Hospitality Center, 690 East Main St., in Waterbury. Photo: Jay Dunn Waterbury Republican-American January
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January 27, 2022

CHD Part of Collaboration to Open Pop-up Warming Shelter for Holyoke Homeless

Marisabel Perez, field operations manager for CHD’s Diversion, Shelter, and Housing program, and outreach worker Carlos William, who has been homeless for eight years, grabbed
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December 20, 2021

An Epidemic Within a Pandemic

In November, The White House called for improving access to mental health services and care for the nation’s youth, citing significant increases in the number experiencing
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December 9, 2021

Seven CHD CASA Volunteers Sworn in at Springfield Juvenile Court

The courtroom can be a scary, confusing place for a child. That’s where CHD’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program of Hampden County comes in,
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September 9, 2021

An Honest Mom’s Take on the Food-Mood Connection

I’ve struggled with my weight most of my life. I was a skinny kid until puberty had other plans. The dieting began in my pre-teens.
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September 2, 2021

Mental Health in Flux

Since the early days of COVID-19 we’ve been experiencing periods of change that happen quickly, sometimes without warning, and impact us in huge ways. In
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August 27, 2021

Confronting stigma in substance use, recovery and harm reduction

People in recovery and people active in substance use have each encountered barriers to supportive recovery services and life-saving measures like harm reduction resources long
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July 30, 2021

An Honest Mom’s Take On Birthdays

Ah, the day you were born. That special day that comes around each year. Everyone has a different relationship with their birthday. Some celebrate happily,
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June 23, 2021

Summer Reading for Mental Health

I’ve always enjoyed reading. As a young girl I loved Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume and devoured the Sweet Valley and Babysitter’s Club series. As
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May 21, 2021

An Honest Mom’s Take on Anxiety and Panic

Last month my son spent his school break in the Bahamas with his father. I suppose a benefit he gets as a child of divorce
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April 28, 2021

An Honest Mom’s Take on Mother’s Day

Over a year ago, many of us were adapting to an entirely new way of working, parenting and homeschooling. It’s no secret that COVID-19 has
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April 23, 2021

The Resilience of ‘Superheroes’:

When the pandemic first struck the community, it was a frightening and uncertain time for all. For some CHD foster parents, it meant navigating ‘the
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April 13, 2021

An Honest Mom’s Take on Caring for Aging Parents

My parents will turn 75 this year. Although in fairly maintained health, both suffer from some chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis.
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March 27, 2021

Empowering informed decision-making

Peer Support Supervisor for CHD’s Adult Mental Health team in Holyoke Jeffrey Bass and CHD’s Director of Recovery Supports Andy Beresky were recently invited to
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March 4, 2021

An Honest Mom’s Take on ‘Gray Area’ Drinking

It’s been six months since I decided to stop drinking for 30 days. Some of you may have read my blog post about that experience.
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February 23, 2021

'Independence, exercise, and a chance to be outside':

New Englanders are no strangers to winters filled with snow, sleet and cold temperatures. While they certainly know how to brave the cold, they also
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February 19, 2021

Prolonged Stress, Physical Health, & the ‘Vortex’ of Being Home

The American Psychological Association recently reported that in February 2021, U.S. adults have recorded their highest levels of stress since the early days of the
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January 26, 2021

‘All the Difference in the World’

When COVID-19 began to affect the community in March 2020, CHD’s Early Intervention team quickly adapted the way they provide support to families so they
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November 17, 2020

Insight into engagement challenges & solutions for leaders during COVID-19

As an organization whose services reach a broad range of individuals for a diverse and growing set of needs, there are many ways CHD’s leaders
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October 8, 2020

Insight into youth recovery and remote learning during COVID-19

At CHD’s Goodwin House, a residential addiction treatment center that serves boys aged 13-17, residents are able to take a step back from their everyday
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October 1, 2020

An Honest Mom’s Take on Choosing Mental Health Over Alcohol

The following is written based on the author’s personal experience with a short-term abstinence from alcohol. The intent is to encourage people to examine their
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August 13, 2020

An Honest Mom's Take on Clutter Control

I recently did something I had thought about for years but never had the courage to go through with. I wanted something so badly, yet
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May 28, 2020

Welcome to the new digital home of CHD!

I’m excited to introduce you to our new website, the product of many months of hard work and creative thinking by many members of the
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May 26, 2020

Social Distancing and Domestic Violence

Social distancing measures have left many feeling in some way confined to their homes. By and large, essential staff are the only individuals leaving the
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May 26, 2020

Supporting Those Supporting Others

One of the biggest challenges of anyone working during the pandemic, including those working remotely, are recurring or ever-present feelings of isolation. Even those who
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May 13, 2020

An Honest Mom’s Take on Guilt

We all feel guilt or remorse at varying levels throughout our lives. If you’re reading this and thinking, “No, not really,” then perhaps your time
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April 1, 2020

An Honest Mom’s Take on Adjusting to a New Normal

I’ve always been someone who has adjusted pretty well. I had no problem moving by myself to New York City in my early twenties after
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Children’s Virtual Therapy Services

In order to continue to fulfill our mission to provide outstanding behavioral and developmental support services to people from all walks of life, we have
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