BOSTON – Volunteers of America of Massachusetts (VOAMASS), a nonprofit that creates opportunities for individuals through residential and outpatient behavioral health treatment, re-entry for justice-involved individuals, veteran services and senior living, today announced that it has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as operator of MassHire Metro South/West Workforce Board’s two “One-Stop Career Centers.”
“Our organization has a long history of offering workforce development for at-risk communities, and we’re looking forward to leveraging that expertise to help job seekers and employers in all 43 cities and towns in the Metro South/West development area,” said President and CEO of VOAMASS Charles Gagnon. “By strengthening partnerships, supporting providers, and bolstering diversity and inclusion efforts, it’s our hope that we can help more of our friends and neighbors get back to work, especially after a difficult 16 months dealing with COVID-19 economic disruption.”
As operator of the MassHire Framingham and MassHire Norwood career centers, VOAMASS plays a critical role in supporting the local workforce system. This includes facilitating communication and coordinating its diverse federally funded training partners to achieve the shared customer service delivery vision.
The Metro South/West development area stretches from Brookline west to Marlborough and from Littleton south to Plainville. The state-run career centers in Norwood and Framingham serve thousands of people and employers each year. Services provided at career centers include: job search assistance and coaching; career planning and coaching; networking advice and groups; programs for youths, people with disabilities and veterans; and job posting, pre-screening, and employee training services for employers.
Incorporated in 1934 and headquartered in Jamaica Plain, Volunteers of America of Massachusetts provides an array of outpatient and residential behavioral health services including substance use and behavioral health treatment for individuals, families, and veterans, as well as re-entry programming. Additionally, Volunteers of America of Massachusetts operates three assisted living residences. The organization serves approximately 3,000 individuals across Massachusetts.
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