Gándara Center’s November Newsletter is now online. You can read about Brighter Futures, our new overnight alternative housing program in Springfield for transitional young adults (18-24) who are experiencing—or at risk of—homelessness; see our new, improved Gándara Company Store (with many new items), and read about a $125,000 federal grant to our Stop Access Springfield Coalition.

You can also learn how to become a sponsor in our Aventura! Summer Camp Program; view interviews with our employees to see what sets our agency apart from the rest; and read about Aundra Gillyourd works with the Gándara Center-Plymouth County MISSION Re-entry Program, which provides coordinated and integrated services for incarcerated men at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility who are assessed with Substance Use Disorder, co-occurring other mental health issues, and are at high risk to reoffend.

Our agency was featured in the media a lot in October: view coverage of our Latinx AIDS/HIV Awareness Vigil at Springfield City Hall, as well as Hampden County Tobacco Free Partnership Director Sara Moriarty on Western Mass News voicing our agency’s support for two anti-vaping bills that are now in the Massachusetts House and Senate’s Ways and Means Committee. Our director of marketing and development, Jade Rivera-McFarlin, was on WWLP’s Mass Appeal on October 22 to discuss our Narcan trainings.

Read the AARP article on the Gomez family, including Gándara Center Behavior Therapist Eva Gomez, who served six years in the Army Reserve.

Our newsletter can be found online here.