AROUND THE VALLEY
Lazarus House Ministries Awarded 10-year Cummings Grant
In June, Lazarus House received news that the ministry was one of 130 local nonprofits to receive a 4-year $100,000 grant through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. In September, Lazarus House learned that the 4-year grant was elevated to a $250,000 grant paid over 10 years.
Lazarus House will use the grant to sustain and expand their services and advocacy for families in its emergency shelter and Capernaum Place transitional housing programs.
Last year, 33 families and singles moved from on from the Lazarus House’s programs into long-term housing and improved their financial position by building income or reducing debt.
LifeLinks CLASS Announces New Brand and New Identity
LifeLinks CLASS, a human services agency serving nearly 800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout Greater Lowell and Greater Lawrence, announced a new brand and new identity. The agency will now be known as Incompass Human Services. As part of the shift, a new logo, tagline and web domain are all being rolled out.
After the merger between LifeLinks, Inc. and CLASS, Inc. was announced on July 1, 2019, establishing a brand that more accurately represented the services and impact of the combined agency was deemed an immediate priority.
“Since the merger was announced, our focus has been bringing together two human services agencies with a combined 111 years of experience in providing critical services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Jean Phelps, chief executive officer of Incompass Human Services. “Today’s announcement reflects the culmination of a year-long process to present ourselves as a unified agency with a longstanding tradition of doing whatever it takes to enrich and transform the lives of others.”
UMass Lowell Plans Increased In-Person Operations for Spring Semester
UMass Lowell will expand its on-campus population and in-person course offerings for the spring 2021 semester, thanks to the lessons learned navigating the pandemic during the fall and a successful surveillance testing program that has identified only two positive COVID-19 tests this semester.
The university, which begins spring course registration for students Nov. 2, expects up to 30 percent of its 3,000 course sections will be offered in in-person and hybrid formats. UMass Lowell also plans to more than double the residential student population in the spring up to 2,000, about 40 percent of the total capacity.
Anna Jaques Hospital Now Offering First-of-its-Kind 3D-Guided Biopsies for Exceptional Breast Biopsy Results
Anna Jaques Hospital now offers 3D-guided breast biopsy as an advanced, minimally invasive technique.
This state-of-the-art technology helps physicians localize and accurately target lesions that may be challenging to detect using conventional imaging techniques. It allows for minimally invasive needle biopsy of lesions that would have previously either not been possible or would have required open surgical biopsy.
The biopsy system has several key advantages over standard X-ray biopsy procedures, including faster targeting and fewer X-ray exposures, resulting in shorter patient procedure times and reduced radiation dose.
MCC Makes Positive Impact on Mass. Economy
A recently released report revealed that Middlesex Community College has strengthened the Massachusetts economy and generated $358.7 million for the economy with the college’s well- prepared and knowledgeable graduates and lucrative financial investments.
For 50 years, MCC has been a valuable institution to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With a mission to help every student reach success, Middlesex has served 26,000+ alumni and educates 12,000 credit and noncredit students every year.
The benefits of MCC’s economic impact affect many across the Commonwealth. Students who paid for college – including additional fees, supplies and interest on loans – will increase their future earnings for the duration of their careers. Because of their investment in their education, the annual rate of return for students is 20.9 percent, $5.70 for every dollar students invested – for a total of $324.5 million.
Greater Haverhill Chamber Recognizes Supporting Strategies as Business of the Month
The Greater Haverhill Chamber recognizes Supporting Strategies for their outstanding commitment to providing bookkeeping and controller services as well as operational support to small and medium businesses, with the honor of the chamber’s October 2020 Business of the Month.
Specializing in a wide range of personalized bookkeeping services, Supporting Strategies empowers businesses across industries by taking operational support functions off their plate and allowing them to focus on their core business.
Founded in 2004 with the concept of a “go-to resource,” Supporting Strategies success led the organization to franchise in 2013 and now has offices throughout the United States locally owned and operated by business professionals.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
GLFHC President and CEO John Silva Announces Retirement
John Silva has announced his retirement as president and chief executive officer of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) effective June 30, 2021. Silva has led GLFHC since February 2016, guiding the organization through a period of expansion including increasing overall patient access, creation of the Merrimack Valley Accountable Care Organization (MVACO) in collaboration with Lawrence General Hospital, opening new health center locations in Methuen and Haverhill, expansion of the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency (LFMR) and increasing both Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse services.
Silva has had a long and successful career in the community health center movement. Beginning with his appointment as the Executive Director of the Hull Medical Center in Hull, Massachusetts in 1979, Silva has led community health centers in several states as well as serving as the President of State Primary Care Associations in Missouri and Oklahoma. He also was elected as President of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in 1992. During his term as President he was appointed to First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Universal Health Care Task Force in 1993 representing the nation’s Community Health Centers.
Greater Haverhill Chamber Transitioning Leadership
The Greater Haverhill Chamber will soon be kicking off a search for its next leader. Dougan Sherwood has served as President/CEO since 2018 and will be transitioning to the organization’s Board of Directors in January.
“I came to Haverhill because I see the potential in its diversity. It’s a complicated place but it has so much going for it.” said Dougan Sherwood. “This chamber sees itself as a driver for important growth and change throughout Haverhill. It’s been a wonderful experience working with so many talented people working together to make this organization a leader in Haverhill. I’m excited to move onto the board to continue this work and to offer my support to our next president.”
Dougan will remain on the board and will continue his guidance of the several on-going programing that have come to define the Greater Haverhill Chamber. His deep commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion have helped to shape the new chamber. They remain corner stones as we forge ahead in pursuit of new opportunities and in support for our loyal and valuable business community.