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Thank You to everyone who helped to make this year’s Employer Recognition & Awards Breakfast a great success

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s event a great success.

Congratulations to all of our award winners:

2016 Employer of the Year: Specialty Bolt & Screw, Inc.

2016 Rookie Employer Award: Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops

2016 Armand Tourangeau Volunteer of the Year: Cheryl Rumley

HRU’s event sponsorship committee members:  Amy Royal, Royal P.C., Daniel Flynn, United Bank, Kate Campiti, BusinessWest, Chet Wojcik, Alliance Medical Gas and Taryn Siciliano, HUB International. We’d also like to thank our event sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:

Media Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Table Sponsors:

  • All States Materials Group
  • Commonwealth Packaging Corporation
  • Ernst Financial Group
  • Hanover Insurance Group
  • MassMutual Financial Group
  • Tommy Car Auto Group

Contributing Sponsors:

  • Alliance Medical Gas
  • Associated Building Wreckers
  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management
  • Comcast
  • CRA Telecom
  • Freedom Credit Union
  • Parker Ceiling
  • PSI 91
  • Steve Erickson
  • TJD Consulting, Inc.
  • W. B. Mason
  • Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C.
  • Williams Distributing

Special thanks goes out to HRU’s event sponsorship committee members:  Amy Royal, Royal P.C., Daniel Flynn, United Bank, Kate Campiti, BusinessWest, Chet Wojcik, Alliance Medical Gas and Taryn Siciliano, HUB International and to all of our employer partners, friends, volunteers, members and staff for all of your support!

Lighthouse holds Community fair

A good turnout of members enjoyed refreshments and received information from  MRC, NAMI, CHD, Catholic Charities, and Safelink on the services that they provide.

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Donna Sorensen receives the Citizen of the Year Award from NAMI Berkshire County

 

Donna Sorensen is this year’s recipient. Her career started at Elm House and subsequently at other Brien center programs. Currently Donna’s involvement at the local clubhouse, Berkshire Pathways, allows her to work with members on, as she says “what they can do instead of what they can’t do”. Her positive thinking and patience has impacted many individuals throughout her career. She sincerely cares about the members at Berkshire Pathways and treats them as equals. She is a staunch advocate for all affected by mental illness. She truly embodies all that clubhouses stand for: the idea that everyone continues to grow and that someone’s mental illness is not who they are. They are individuals who can overcome any barrier and accomplish whatever they want. Berkshire Pathways is lucky to have her.

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Berkshire Pathways participates in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”

 

Berkshire Pathways participated in the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in Pittsfield. The program raised over $600 for the cause and had 8 people participate in the walk.

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Are you an External Customer or Employer Partner? Please Take Our Survey…

HRU collects feedback from all of our customers annually so we can continually improve our services. Please take a moment to take our External Customer or Employer Partner Survey…Please select a survey:

2016 Employer: If you are a current Employer Partner, please click on the link to take our Employer Partner Survey. Click here to take survey

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Thank you for taking the time to take our survey.  We value your input!

Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and Lighthouse, a Program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., Honor Price Rite, Boston Road, Springfield, MA at the Statehouse in Boston

LH- MCCOn Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Price Rite was one of 28 companies honored at the Statehouse in Boston for choosing to diversify their workforce by employing residents of the Commonwealth, who have mental illness, with the support of Clubhouse employment and recovery centers, funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC), a non-profit organization, took place in the Great Hall.   Alda Coelho from State Representative Angelo Puppolo’s office presented the award to Price Rite, Boston Road, Springfield for being an excellent employer.  Price Rite has partnered with Lighthouse for over 4 years and currently employs 5 clubhouse members and also reaches out to Lighthouse regularly when the store has a need for additional staff.  The management of Price Rite have said that Lighthouse provides quality, dedicated employees and that clubhouse staff are a pleasure to work with, responding quickly with good candidates to fill their staffing needs.

Lighthouse, a program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., is providing support to over 260 members annually as they work to re-gain their footing and gain employment, complete their education and live successfully in the community with support.

Employers were selected for recognition because they have done an exceptional job in creating a welcoming and diverse workforce.  DMH funded Clubhouses serve over 7,000 residents of the Commonwealth annually, providing services designed to help “members” all of whom have mental illness, live successfully in the community, gaining a welcoming, productive place to come to during the day, and assistance in gaining employment, an education, housing, dual recovery, peer and wellness supports.

Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and Star Light Center, a Program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., Honor The Department of Mental Health-Northampton Area Office at the Statehouse in Boston

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On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, The Department of Mental Health-Northampton Area Office was one of 28 companies honored at the Statehouse in Boston for choosing to diversify their workforce by employing residents of the Commonwealth, who have mental illness, with the support of Clubhouse employment and recovery centers, funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC), a non-profit organization, took place in the Great Hall.  State Representative Ellen Story presented the award to Carol Pacinella and The Department of Mental Health Northampton Area Office for their excellence as employers of clubhouse members.   DMH Northampton Area Office currently employs 2 clubhouse members as receptionists.  Their team has been very supportive and enthusiastic employers, and they truly understand the process of recovering from mental illness. Human Resources Unlimited, which operates Star Light Center, counts on business leaders like Ms. Pacinella and her team, to provide employment opportunities to those working on their recovery and are thankful for their leadership in helping so many on their journey.

Star Light Center, a service of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., is providing support to over 200 members annually as they work to re-gain their footing and gain employment, complete their education and live successfully in the community with support.

Employers were selected for recognition because they have done an exceptional job in creating a welcoming and diverse workforce.  DMH funded Clubhouses serve over 7,000 residents of the Commonwealth annually, providing services designed to help “members” all of whom have mental illness, live successfully in the community, gaining a welcoming, productive place to come to during the day, and assistance in gaining employment, an education, housing, dual recovery, peer and wellness supports.

Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and Forum House, a Program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., Honor Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops at the Statehouse in Boston

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On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops was one of 28 companies honored at the Statehouse in Boston for choosing to diversify their workforce by employing residents of the Commonwealth, who have mental illness, with the support of Clubhouse employment and recovery centers, funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC), a non-profit organization, took place in the Great Hall.   Chris Power from Senator Donald Humason’s office presented the award to Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops for being an excellent employer.  Forum House has built a strong partnership with Friendly’s, and the store currently employs 2 clubhouse members.  Store Manager Mario Scorza has been so pleased with those he has hired that he is talking with Forum House about the possibility of hiring additional members when the weather gets warmer.  Mr. Scorza has also joined the Forum House Advisory Board which helps to expand opportunities and connect the clubhouse more deeply in our community.

Forum House, a program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., is providing support to over 180 members annually as they work to re-gain their footing and gain employment, complete their education and live successfully in the community with support.

Employers were selected for recognition because they have done an exceptional job in creating a welcoming and diverse workforce.  DMH funded Clubhouses serve over 7,000 residents of the Commonwealth annually, providing services designed to help “members” all of whom have mental illness, live successfully in the community, gaining a welcoming, productive place to come to during the day, and assistance in gaining employment, an education, housing, dual recovery, peer and wellness supports.

 

Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and Berkshire Pathways, a program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., honor Big Y Foods of Great Barrington at the Statehouse in Boston

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On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Big Y Foods of Great Barrington was one of 28 companies honored at the Statehouse in Boston for choosing to diversify their workforce by employing residents of the Commonwealth, who have mental illness, with the support of Clubhouse employment and recovery centers, funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC), a non-profit organization, took place in the Great Hall.   Senator Benjamin Downing presented the award to Big Y Foods of Great Barrington for being an excellent employer.  Berkshire Pathways has built a strong partnership with Big Y Foods of Great Barrington over the last year, and the store currently employs 2 clubhouse members. Big Y Foods has been tremendously supportive of clubhouse members and as employers, the company promotes respect, hard work and team spirit.

Berkshire Pathways, a program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., is providing support to over 100 members annually as they work to re-gain their footing and gain employment, complete their education and live successfully in the community with support.

Employers were selected for recognition because they have done an exceptional job in creating a welcoming and diverse workforce.  DMH funded Clubhouses serve over 7,000 residents of the Commonwealth annually, providing services designed to help “members” all of whom have mental illness, live successfully in the community, gaining a welcoming, productive place to come to during the day, and assistance in gaining employment, an education, housing, dual recovery, peer and wellness supports.