FRAMINGHAM – The 3rd Annual MetroWest Unity Day combines in 2019 with the MetroWest Legislative Breakfast to draw human service organizations and professionals, members of the community, and local legislators together to discuss issues of public advocacy.
The event takes place Friday, March 15, at Nevins Hall inside Framingham City Hall from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Hosted by the MetroWest Human Services Advocacy Coalition, which includes Advocates, JRI, SMOC, and Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, the event will feature remarks by Seante President Karen Spilka.
After Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer welcomes the attendees, there also will be a summary of legislative issues by, and advocacy breakout sessions with, MetroWest legislators, a discussion of public policy advoacy, as well as the announcement of the 2019 Direct Service Professional of the Year Award, named in honor of Bill Taylor, late Advocates president & CEO
Martin Cohen, president & CEO, MetroWest Health Foundation will be the master of ceremonies for the annual event.
“The joining of Unity Day and the legislative breakfast marks a significant step forward,” says Diane Gould, president & CEO of Advocates and this year’s chair of the MetroWest Human Services Advocacy Coalition. “We are bringing together human service professionals members of the community and the MetroWest legislative delegation and providing an opportunity to advocate for issues that are vital to improve the quality of life for each of us, and more importantly, the individuals we serve who face so many life challenges.”
About the organizations:
Advocates provides a broad range of services for people facing life challenges such as addiction, aging, autism, brain injury, intellectual disabilities, and mental health conditions. With Advocates’ help, thousands of individuals and families living in Massachusetts are finding the supports they need to lead healthy, productive, and rewarding lives.
Justice Resource Institute (JRI) works in partnership with individuals, families, communities, and government to pursue the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence.
The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) is an umbrella organization that works in the community to provide opportunities to enhance self-sufficiency and to create a safety net when short term and/or continuing support are needed. SMOC is the designated community-based anti-poverty agency for one city and nine towns in the Metrowest area and is headquartered in downtown Framingham, convenient to transportation and additional services.
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network provides a wide variety of mental health counseling and family support services to children, young adults, and families in Massachusetts.