It was a marvelous morning, despite a little drizzle, to kick off SCC's 50th. The rocket theme was in full effect as our emcee, Libby Mahaffy, stepped out in an astronaut suit, complete with helmet and jet pack. As guests enjoyed the delicious food catered by Jules Catering, Mayor Curtatone gave a wonderful welcome and promised to fulfill his pledge to jump into the Mystic River and Danny LeBlanc reminisced about SCC's beginnings. Read more about 50th Anniversary Launches!!
Just in time for the 50th Launch, First Source has placed over 50...wait, make that over 65 people in new jobs so far this year!! Half of those are with the new Encore Casino, in a range of positions including kitchen/cook staff, housekeepers, valet attendant, and slot attendant, among others.
First Source also ran two cohorts of job readiness training at SCALE and launched the Careers in Healthcare class at SCALE.
And the latest group of Financial Literacy students graduated in June - big congrats to them!
SCC firmly supports the community’s hard work to reach an agreement between US2 and the Union Square Neighborhood Council for a CBA (Community Benefits Agreement). SCC’s top priorities through the CBA are: 1) to make sure the new development in Union Square includes timely and ample affordable housing, and 2) that the development provides quality jobs and career growth opportunities for low income residents in Somerville. Read more about SCC's Position on D2 and the Union Square CBA
On June 25, 1969, around a dozen local activists gathered at the home of Carla Johnston in Davis Square to officially incorporate The Somerville Corporation as a new organization dedicated to helping meet the social needs of Somerville’s residents. Shortly after, the Somerville Corporation hired Paul Duhamel, a young ordained UCC minister originally from Providence, as its first executive director. Read more about Snapshot from the Past - SCC's Beginnings
Charlene Stallworth graduated in 2018 from the Culinary Arts Job Training program run by SCC and Bunker Hill Community College, and went on to get hired as a cook at the Envoy Hotel on the gorgeous Boston waterfront. This Spring she came back to First Source to refine her interview skills for a potential culinary opportunity at Encore Boston Harbor. After her interview, Charlene was immediately offered a position as First Cook and is excited to take her career to a new level! Congrats Charlene!!
Since the 2018 100 Homes Lottery, 8 households have moved into apartments in the 100 Homes program from the Priority List. This includes multiple households who were experiencing homelessness, who could not place their vouchers in Somerville, or who were going to be evicted by no fault of their own. We are still accepting applications for the program on a rolling basis. Applications are available at the SCC office and on our website.
We welcome Lizzie Devane to the SCC team as our new Communications & Development Manager. A local progressive activist, Lizzie is passionate about politics, poetry, plants, sci fi, music, and meditation. She was born in London, grew up in Washington DC, teaches yoga, and is learning how to rock climb and keep bees. Lizzie is excited to connect with the Somerville community through her role helping SCC strengthen its capacity via engaging communications and resource development.
Without question, SCC’s most valuable resource is its people---the leaders who spend countless hours building influential campaigns; the job seekers who attend our Networking Café, and make their rounds to say hello to staff; the real estate partners who make sure our bricks go up; our board and community members who bring an event like this to life; the donors who extend our mission even further---we couldn't do it without you. Our Annual Dinner reminds us just how lucky we are to have all of you under our metaphorical roof—and literally under the roof of the Armory. What a fantastic and full crowd to reflect our vital community! Read more about SCC's Annual Dinner: A Full and Festive Evening