Newsletters

Thank you to the City of Somerville Job Creation & Retention Trust Fund

September 3, 2020

From April-July, SCC received a grant from the city of Somerville Job Creation and Retention Trust Fund to offer assistance to community members needing help to apply for or access unemployment benefits. SCC helped 174 community members apply for unemployment benefits and resolve issues related to unemployment benefits. The services provided through this grant included: 

A Letter from CEO Gonzalo Puigbo

September 2, 2020

Dear SCC Community,

Having now been at SCC for a little over two months, I am exceedingly grateful to have joined this organization and community. I have already seen the true meaning of community in action, as our staff, board, members, and tenants have come together to weather the pandemic and rise to the ongoing issues of racial and social injustice. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself further and make clear my own views on the issues central to SCC’s work.

New Hires and Interns!

June 19, 2020

Carolina 

Carolina joined the Real Estate team as our new property manager this past winter. She has over 9 years of property management experience.

Magdalena 

Magda was born and raised in Chile, surrounded by mountains and hope after the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Before entering college she joined an NGO where she started building affordable housing and participated in the educational program. 

First Source Comes to Malden!

February 6, 2020

First Source Jobs is excited to be working in partnership with MassHire Metro North Workforce Board to provide career advising, outreach, and career coaching services in the city of Malden. SCC was awarded a contract as part of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission 2019 Community Mitigation Fund Workforce Development Pilot Program grant, with the goal of preparing residents in the Metro North region to gain the skills necessary to meet the workforce demands of employers impacted by the new Encore Boston Harbor gaming facility.

Faces of SCC: Janine Lotti

February 6, 2020

Janine Lotti is an integral part of the Economic Opportunity Department. She facilitates First-Time Homebuyers classes and provides money management support and advice through the Financial Literacy Program. 

How long have you lived in Somerville?

I’ve lived here my whole life.  It’s never disappointed me, so I had no reason to leave. Plus, I am so very fortunate to live in a family home with my husband---also a life-long resident--, my daughter, and many of my in-laws.  

Community Development Standards, Opportunity Zone, the Innerbelt, and Pizza—How are these all connected?

November 26, 2019

SCC, along with Union United, City of Somerville, LOCUS, Union Square Main Streets, City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen, and other Somerville residents have been hard at work to answer the question:  How can we make sure the new development, and the investment in the new development in Somerville’s designated Opportunity Zones, directly benefits our community, and does not further gentrify it? 

Faces of SCC: Juan Williams

November 4, 2019
Originally from England and the Dominican Republic, Juan joined the First Source team from the City of Boston, where he worked with high risk youth as an employment counselor. Juan has two children, including baby Messias, who was born in April. He is passionate about music, loves seafood, football, and baseball. He loves working at SCC "because of what we stand for within the community - how ready, willing, and able our staff is to serve."
Fun fact about Juan: He played professionally for the New York Yankees!!!

Cisco Academy Ribbon Cutting at SCALE

October 30, 2019

SCC, SCALE, and partner Cisco Academy launched the brand new IT training program. This class series will help adult learners master the skills necessary to compete in booming tech fields like computing, coding, and web development. SCC CEO Danny LeBlanc spoke about the importance of job readiness in tech, and Lieutenant Governor Polito attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Social Innovation Forum Finalist!

October 30, 2019
Our First Source Program is a finalist for the Social Innovation Forum's 2020 Accelerator cohort. These organizations represent the nonprofit sector's most promising approaches to addressing some of greater Boston's toughest social issues. 
This year, they received 134 applications across seven social issue tracks and FS has made it to the final round.

Help Create Community Benefits Standards

October 30, 2019
Union Square, East Somerville, and the Inner Belt Neighborhoods are the next frontier for new development.
What kind of development will we see in the future?

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