FRAMINGHAM – Pelham Apartments Resident Services Manager Maria Rosado was one of three honorees at the 25th Annual Salute to Framingham last night, March 30.
She was nominated by MetroWest Health Foundation CEO Martin Cohen.
Rosado has worked for community youth programs for more than 20 years.
Before taking on her current role as Resident Services Manager at the Pelham Apartments in Framingham, she worked for Girls, Inc., the Camp Fire Boys and Girls as well as the Girl Scout Council.
As Resident Services Manager, Rosado has been the driving force behind strengthening and nurturing partnerships to bring opportunities to the apartments’ youth including the Delta GEMS of the Middlesex Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which focuses on leadership development, academic excellence, and college and career planning, while also placing emphasis on community involvement. Delta GEMS provides a framework for girls to excel academically and enter into college.
On behalf of the residents, Rosado has also been instrumental in developing key relationships with Framingham State University, Daniel’s Table and Boys and Girls Scout troops. She successfully applied for, and received, grants to bring flower and vegetable gardens to foster community and reduce fresh food challenges for the residents; she has provided academic supports through the HOPE program and she has provided mentoring and social support & programs to the youth and residents. Her generous spirit attracts everyone who meets her and her straight-forward open attitude makes her an incredible role model for the children and teens of the Pelham complex.
Rosado goes well above and beyond for the children, teens and other residents at Pelham Apartments.
For the teens at Pelham Apartments, she has provided guidance and advice when it comes to issues like positive self-esteem, good decision-making, teen pregnancy, healthy relationships and drugs. When that critical need is lacking at Pelham, Maria Rosado is the one the teens seek out for guidance.
Rosado works in a very high needs environment which has many economic, social, academic and health challenges for the residents she serves. She always has an upbeat attitude, sees possibilities where others don’t, and provides sound guidance and advice to children, teens and their parents. Sheis often their advocate, the sole champion for a child or teen who desperately needs one. She works in what should be a high burnout position with perpetual enthusiasm and is always looking for better ways to serve the children and residents of Pelham.