Programs For People Awarded $100,000 From Cummings Foundation

FRAMINGHAM – Programs For People, Inc. is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundations’s “$100K for 100” program.  

The Framingham-based mental health organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.

Programs For People, Inc. is a nonprofit mental health services organization which provides Psychiatric Day Treatment and Employment Services for low income residents of MetroWest who are struggling with persistent mental illness.  

Representing Programs For People, Inc., Laura Hughes, Administrative Director, and Peter J. Cura, Board President, joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector.  

With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

Programs for People Inc. is the second Framingham organization to receive the $100,000 this grant season. The first was MetroWest ESL.

“We are truly grateful and honored to receive this very generous grant which affirms our dedicated work helping low income people in MetroWest with mental illness achieve success in all areas of life. Programs For People, Inc. is a compassionate, hopeful and inclusive place where clients are empowered to direct their treatment and manage their own lives.  We help individuals overcome the stigma associated with mental illness and find increased stability and functioning in all areas of life.”

Programs For People, Inc. plans to utilize the grant, which will be given in installments over four years, to improve outreach to new clients; enhance Wellness services; provide state-of-the-art evidence based treatment, and help individuals find competitive community employment according to their abilities.

Programs For People, Inc. is a 501 © 3 charitable nonprofit organization founded in 1974 as a mental health treatment and rehabilitation agency serving low-income adults in the MetroWest area.  The organization offers a day treatment program, which consists of  daily, Monday through Friday, structured group treatment; an onsite prevocational food service business, The LunchBox, that serves as a transitional work opportunity for clients, and an employment services program, Project Advance, which helps individuals prepare for, obtain, and keep employment in the community.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.  This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.


Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties.  

Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“Nonprofit organizations like Programs For People, Inc. are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director.  “We are delighted to invest in their efforts.”

This year’s group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, mental health treatment, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity.  Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.


Photos courtesy of Programs For People Inc.


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