Mission Moments

CHD Staff Going Above and Beyond: At a higher altitude

It’s a sunny, cold day in late November. Skies are blue but the wind whipping off the water at the Quabbin Reservoir is unforgiving and lashes their cheeks. Some of the boys are reasonably dressed for the hike ahead of them. Others are not, though they have been counseled. They quicken their steps out of […]


From Hurricane Maria, to homelessness, to independence

When Julio Cruz’s home in Puerto Rico was wiped out by Hurricane Maria in 2017, he and his family were forced to live on a basketball court in the outdoors for nearly a week. He, and his wife and two children were among the earliest evacuees off the devastated island. The Cruzes traveled to live […]


“They are the best, the absolute best”

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Despite being born with Down syndrome and an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in his later life, Paul is a fierce competitor and a smooth dancer. Just ask him, he’ll tell you, with a sly grin. Paul worked a manufacturing job for nearly 30 years until retiring a few years ago. He lived with his […]


Righting the Wrongs

The impact of CHD’s Grace House In retrospect, the proverbial rock bottom for Victoria is hard to pinpoint. There are so many possibilities for such an unfortunate milestone in a young life. Was it carrying a baby boy to term at 19 while secretly hooked on Percocet? Was it the flip-flop to a voracious appetite […]


Mission Moment: Jessie’s House

Jessie’s House Gives Mother and Son a Place to Live—and Hope for the Future Shannon Cavanaugh loved horses since she was a little girl. As an adult worked on horse farms. “I want to work with animals again,” she said. “They are usually a lot more understanding than people.” Shannon grew up in South Hadley, […]