About Brian Fitzgerald

Brian is marketing and development coordinator at Gándara Center in West Springfield, MA.

Problem Gambling Photovoice Exhibition to Take Place on March 12 [EVENT POSTPONED]

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month! On jueves, marzo 12 at 5:30 p. m., the community will come together for Photovoice, a youth-focused problem gambling photo exhibit led by students from South End Middle School (SEMS) in Springfield. This event will be held at 5:30 p. m. at Valley Venture Mentors, 276 Bridge Street, Springfield.

Students at SEMS will tell a story and advocate for change through a series of photographs reflective of what they view as issues in their community tied to gambling prevention. They will present a call to action and ask for community partners to help in making their voices heard.

Photovoice utilizes a youth-centered, participatory approach to engage local youth to help prevent problem gambling. Through this process, students received education on social justice, advocacy, public speaking, and gambling. Students applied their newly gained knowledge to capture photographs within their community and engage in group reflection to create calls to action around underage gambling. The final outcomes of this project will be on display at the community exhibition with local artists in attendance to highlight their experience.

The two main goals of this state-funded project were to prevent or reduce underage gambling and problem gambling among youth, as well as help youth develop and maintain the healthy lifestyle needed to ensure that they won’t develop problems with gambling.

The youth-led gambling prevention Photovoice project is made possible through the partnership of Gándara Center, South End Middle School, and the Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University. It is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services.

Community members are encouraged to attend, engage with the students, help our youth see the powerful potential of their voices, and enjoy light refreshments with these young photographers.

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Opioid Overdose Deaths Decreased Statewide, But Increased in Western Mass—Especially in Hispanic Communities

In early February, the Department of Public Health (DPH) released data showing that overdose deaths from opioids dropped five percent in Massachusetts from 2016 to 2018. But there have been alarming increases in western Massachusetts, especially among Hispanics, according to the latest statistics.

In Springfield there were 80 overdose deaths among city residents in 2018—more than double the 2017 number of 38, in spite of the fact that overdose deaths declined in a majority of cities and towns across Massachusetts. Overdose deaths were also up in Chicopee, from 19 to 31, and in Holyoke, from 13 to 14. From 2017 to 2018, opioid overdose deaths in Hampden County increased from 113 to 209, and the numbers also increased in Hampshire County (from 28 to 38) and Franklin County (from 9 to 22).

“Our agency still regards the opioid overdose crisis as an epidemic, because that’s what it is,” said Jade Rivera-McFarlin, marketing and development director at Gándara Center, which provides residential, substance use, and preventative services to Hispanics, African Americans, and other culturally diverse populations. “It’s a public health emergency affecting us all—but especially our Hispanic communities,” she said.

In Springfield, Hispanic residents experienced the most dramatic increase in opioid fatalities than any other ethnic group, from 13 overdose deaths in 2017 to 39 in 2018—a 200 percent jump. White non-Hispanic overdose deaths increased 100 percent, from 16 to 32. Black non-Hispanic deaths decreased from 8 to 7 (-13 percent).

Gándara Center is dedicated to using this kind of data to identify engaging and appropriate solutions for its most vulnerable populations. For example, in the past two years, Gándara Center, Tapestry, and the Hampden County Addiction Taskforce have partnered for free community trainings in administering the overdose reversal drug Narcan. Gándara, as the statewide leader in providing substance use and mental health treatment to Hispanics, has offered bilingual Narcan trainings to make these forums more accessible to the Hispanic community.

Health officials believe that one reason for the overdose increase is the presence of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, which was present in 93 percent of Massachusetts overdose death cases in the first nine months of 2019. This synthetic opioid—25 to 50 times stronger than heroin—was present in 75.6 percent of the cases in 2016. In two separate incidents last November and last April, volunteers and members of Gándara Center’s Hope for Holyoke Recovery Center revived a couple of overdose victims using three doses of Narcan each. An overdose requiring multiple doses of Narcan usually indicates the presence of fentanyl.

Western Massachusetts cities were not the only ones to see a significant fatal opioid overdose increase in 2018. So has Framingham, Lawrence, and Lowell—cities with large Hispanic populations.

Some research shows that Hispanic opioid users are less likely than others to access addiction treatment medicines such as methadone and Suboxone. Hispanics have lower substance use treatment rates than other ethnic groups for a variety of reasons, including family stigma and discrimination. Gándara Center has held focus groups at its residential and recovery centers about stigma among friends and family and how it affects the individual’s treatment options. “Traditionally, in Hispanic cultures, substance use has been viewed as a private problem—dealt with within the family rather than seeking outside help,” said Rivera-McFarlin. National studies have shown that stigma is more pronounced among Hispanics than their white and black counterparts and is a significant barrier to treatment.

“At Gándara Center, we continue to aggressively seek new ways to more comprehensively serve our hard-to-reach populations, especially our Hispanic populations,” said Rivera-McFarlin. “Understanding a person’s cultural context is what our agency does well. Our culturally sensitive treatment programs help decrease some of the disparities in treatment for the Hispanic community, but it’s not going to be easy to reverse the opioid epidemic. We can start by working to eliminate barriers to care, and we work to do this every single day.”

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Quit Vaping, Smoking, or Other Tobacco Products to Celebrate American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month—a great time to quit vaping, smoking, or other tobacco products, according to Gándara Center, the host agency for the Hampden County Tobacco Free Community Partnership (TFCP).

Smoking can lead to narrowing blood vessels and high blood pressure; it is a leading cause of heart disease. “Vaping is still fairly new and less is known about its effect on the heart,” says TFCP Director Sara Moriarty. “However, the American Heart Association reports that two new studies find that vaping may be just as dangerous by increasing heart disease risk factors.”

So, for American Heart Month, make a resolution for a healthier life for you and your family. If you vape, smoke or use other tobacco products, quitting is the most important step you can take to protect your health.

“If you want to quit and tried in the past, don’t give up,” said Moriarty. “It often takes several tries before you quit for good. However, with planning and support, you can become tobacco-free.”

Vapers, smokers and other tobacco product users can call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free coaching through phone, e-chat, and text 24 hours each day, seven days a week or you can find helpful information and enroll online through KeepTryingMA.org.

Quitting smoking can be hard—here are five ways to make it easier:

  1. Set a quit date. Choose a quit day this month. Give yourself about two weeks to prepare.
  2. Tell your family and friends you plan to quit. Share your quit date with important people and ask for their support. Daily encouragement and planned activities can help you stay on track. For example, a smoke-free lunch date or game night could help distract you.
  3. Anticipate and plan for challenges. The urge to vape or smoke is short—usually only three to five minutes. Those moments can feel intense. Before your quit date, write down healthy ways to cope with cravings so you can get past them.

Healthy choices include:

  • Drinking water
  • Taking a walk or climbing the stairs
  • Calling or texting a friend
  1. Remove cigarettes, vape products and other tobacco from your daily routine. Throw away your cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays, or vaping devices. Clean your car and home. Old smoke or vape odors can cause cravings.
  2. Talk to your doctor about quit medications. Over-the-counter or prescription medicines can help you quit for good. Your quit coach and pharmacist can also provide guidance. Again, for more information, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit KeepTryingMA.org

“Make the choice to quit today, making this the beginning of a smoke-free and healthier you,” said Moriarty.

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View Our February Newsletter Online!

Gándara Center’s February newsletter is now online. You can read about Lois Nesci being appointed our chief executive officer. She was most recently Chief Operating Officer at the Center of Human Development in Springfield.

You can also read about Gándara employees collecting emergency supplies in a statewide relief drive and bringing them to earthquake-torn Puerto Rico last month (including more than 20 photos of the trip. There was plenty of media coverage of this humanitarian mission—both television and print—including Liz Román’s fantastic story in Masslive.

In addition, Western Mass News interviewed Clinical Supervisor Alisha Khoury-Boucher about “gray death” heroin, a type of heroin reported in Louisiana containing fentanyl and carfentanil, which is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

Save the date: our 6th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K is domingo, agosto 23, in downtown Northampton.

Want to read about the sponsorship levels for Gándara Center’s Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship? Check it out!

Our newsletter can be found here.

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Gándara Center Staff Bring Supplies to Earthquake-Torn Puerto Rico

Pictured above is the Gándara team with volunteers from Carlos Albizu Universidad. Fourth from left is Corinne Dumont, communications and development associate at Gándara Center. Fourth from right is former Gándara Center Executive Director Henry Julio East-Trou, and at right is Jade Rivera-McFarlin, Gándara Center’s director of marketing and development.

In 2017, after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Gándara Center mobilized to help refugees who arrived in the Springfield area. When disaster hit on the island this time—a series of devastating earthquakes this past January—Gándara employees collected emergency supplies in a statewide relief drive and brought them to Puerto Rico last month.

It was an incredible journey into the heart of the earthquake-torn areas in the island’s southwest. “The people were so grateful,” said Jade Rivera-McFarlin, Gándara Center’s director of marketing and development. “They were saying ‘thank you’ to everybody in Massachusetts and western Massachusetts. There are many people in Puerto Rico have strong ties western Massachusetts—they have family and friends in Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee.” Assisting Rivera-McFarlin on the January 27-31 trip were Corinne Dumont, communications and development associate at the agency, and former Gándara Center Executive Director Henry Julio East-Trou.

“The support back home was overwhelming,” said Rivera-McFarlin. “Emergency donations with necessities for our ‘backpack survival kits’—essentials like soap, hand sanitizer, first aid kits, and baby wipes—have even come in from faculty, staff, and students from public and private Springfield Schools.”

The airline JetBlue sponsored Gándara’s effort by flying 30 boxes of supplies the agency collected. Gándara’s volunteers collected another 18 boxes it had mailed to San Juan, along with 10 boxes in Ponce. The volunteers teamed up with students from Carlos Albizu Universidad and traveled to the southwest part of the island—eventually up into the Mountains of Yauco, where families displaced by the earthquakes lived in encampment of 20-30 people. Their first stop was in Guánica at a makeshift camp at Pista Athlética Heriburto Cruz.

“It was a humbling experience to see the damage to the homes—and visiting the people in the mountains, who were so positive and thankful,” said Dumont. “I showed one girl one of the little notes of encouragement that were written by schoolchildren in Springfield and she was overcome with emotion.”

A father the volunteers met in Yauco told the volunteers he had just invested $35,000 to renovate his home — which is now completely gone. “Other members—over 20—of his extended family said their homes were unsafe to live in after the earthquakes, and that is the reason they’re all living together in a tent meant to sleep eight,” said Rivera-McFarlin. “We delivered first aid items, food, toiletries, tents, and more.”

Also helping the cause was more than $3,000 in monetary donations Gándara has collected so far, showing just how quickly—and how enthusiastically—people can rally around a humanitarian cause.

At present, Gándara Center is only accepting monetary donations for Puerto Rico. Please make checks payable to Gándara Center, Memo: 2020 Help for P.R. You can also donate online here. Select: “Apply my donation to: 2020 Aid for Puerto Rico Earthquake Victims.”

“We listened to some incredible stories from the people affected by this earthquake, and our communications team at Gándara will be sharing these stories on social media,” said Rivera-McFarlin. “So stay tuned!”

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Lois Nesci Named CEO of Gándara Center

Lois Nesci has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Gándara Center.

Nesci, who has held executive leadership positions for several nonprofit human services agencies in Massachusetts and Connecticut, was most recently Chief Operating Officer at the Center of Human Development in Springfield. She officially began her new role at Gándara Center on February 3.

A resident of Feeding Hills, MA, Nesci looks forward to the new position and the opportunities it will create. “My goal is to make sure Gándara Center continues to advance its mission as it has for the past 42 years—to advocate for and to provide help to the underserved in our communities,” she said.

Nesci earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT. She brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit administration, including positions at Brightside for Families and Children (Executive Director), formerly in West Springfield. Prior to her position at the Center for Human Development, Nesci was Chief Executive Officer at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford, one of the largest non-governmental providers of human services in the state of Connecticut.

The Meriden, CT native began her career at the Gray Lodge in Hartford, CT.

Nesci replaces former Executive Director Henry Julio East-Trou (1989-2019), who retired last year after 21 years at the helm.

“We are really excited to have Lois Nesci at Gándara Center and we are confident that she will lead our agency with great distinction,” said Chief Operating Officer Jeff McGeary. “She comes to us with a proven track record and an in-depth working knowledge of nonprofit management and advocacy. We couldn’t have asked for a more suited individual for this role.”

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Backpack Survival Kits are Needed for Earthquake Victims in Puerto Rico

Right now, 3,000 families are out of their homes in Puerto Rico, according to Puerto Rico Senator Carmelo Javier Ríos Santiago. They DO NOT need bottled water, but they DO need “Backpack Survival Kits.” Gándara Center has now shifted our efforts to searching for donations of new or used backpacks, non-perishable food items, can openers, collapsible water bottles/items to carry water in, flashlights, batteries, and solar powered lights.

On January 17, Gándara Center had a meeting with Senator Ed Markey, State Representative Carlos González, and a number of legislators and community organizations at the UMass Center in Springfield to discuss the earthquake in Puerto Rico.

We spoke with Senator Santiago on the phone to find out the current need of the people on the island, which has now sparked our efforts to put together backpack survival kits with the donations we’ve received. Those donations will be taken down to Puerto Rico by Gándara Center employees and delivered to families in need.

The public should also know that Gándara Center’s growing emergency help drive for earthquake victims in Puerto Rico has expanded into eastern Massachusetts. Gándara Center has strong ties to Puerto Rico. Many employees, as well as clients, are from there, and they have family members living on the island.

As is the case in western Massachusetts, several of the eastern Massachusetts communities that Gándara Center serves have large Puerto Rican populations who want to help. The agency was founded in Springfield in 1977 but over the years has grown to more than 40 locations across the state, including Boston, Brockton, Plymouth, Hyannis, New Bedford, and Fitchburg.

“We’ve had a tremendous response to this drive in western Massachusetts, and there are many people in eastern Massachusetts who want to assist us in this statewide initiative,” said Jade Rivera-McFarlin, marketing and development director at Gándara Center. “They want to help the people suffering from this disaster.”

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake on January 7 killed at least one person, injured at least nine others, collapsed buildings, and has caused power outages. With the recovery from Hurricane Maria in 2017 still ongoing, relief efforts have taken on even greater importance, especially as the island endures earthquake aftershocks.

The drop-off locations are Gándara Center offices at:

  • 140 McClellan Highway, East Boston
  • 142 Crescent St., 2nd Floor, Brockton
  • 376 Nash Rd., New Bedford
  • 100 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg
  • 147 Norman Street, West Springfield
  • 80 Commercial Street, Holyoke

Only new items are requested, please. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Please make checks payable to Gándara Center, Memo: 2020 Help for P.R. The donations will be collected until January 31.

Donate online here. Select: “Apply my donation to: 2020 Aid for Puerto Rico Earthquake Victims.”

Gándara Center appreciates your kindness and generosity in this dire situation.

This isn’t the first time Gándara Center has responded to a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. In 2017, after the agency mobilized to help refugees from Hurricane Maria, its Springfield Family Resource Center was given a Governor’s Citation in recognition of the work it did for families displaced by the storm.

 

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View Our January Newsletter Online!

Gándara Center’s January newsletter is now online. You can read about our emergency assistance drive for earthquake victims in Puerto Rico—which is now expanding into eastern Massachusetts. We’ve gotten a lot of media publicity for this drive: check out the TV news segments!

Other Gándara media coverage this month: Sara Moriarty, director of Gándara Center’s Hampden County Tobacco Free Community Partnership (Western Mass News); our agency’s Stop Access Springfield Coalition Town Hall (WWLP-22 News); and our Community Care Package Drive (Western Mass News and The Reminder newspaper.)

You can also read about the gallery reception for ArtSong; the 6th Annual Gándara Youth Exhibit; our Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship; and our 6th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K on domingo, agosto 23, in downtown Northampton.

Our newsletter can be found online here.

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Gándara’s Emergency Help Drive for Puerto Rico is Now a Statewide Effort

Gándara Center’s growing emergency help drive for earthquake victims in Puerto Rico has expanded into eastern Massachusetts. Responding to the recent 6.4-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks in Puerto Rico, the agency had launched a water and basic necessities drive for the beleaguered island on January 13. Now Phase 2 of this initiative has been organized in the eastern part of the state.

The agency, which provides culturally sensitive mental health, substance use, and prevention services to a diverse multicultural clientele, has strong ties to Puerto Rico. Many employees, as well as clients, are from there, and they have family members living on the island.

As is the case in western Massachusetts, several of the eastern Massachusetts communities that Gándara Center serves have large Puerto Rican populations who want to help. The agency was founded in Springfield in 1977 but over the years has grown to more than 40 locations across the state, including Boston, Brockton, Plymouth, Hyannis, New Bedford, and Fitchburg.

“We’ve had a tremendous response to this drive in western Massachusetts, and there are many people in eastern Massachusetts who want to assist us in this statewide initiative,” said Jade Rivera-McFarlin, marketing and development director at Gándara Center. “They want to help the people suffering from this disaster.”

The earthquake on January 7 killed at least one person, injured at least nine others, collapsed buildings, and has caused a power outage that has left thousands in Puerto Rico without electricity or drinking water. With the recovery from Hurricane Maria in 2017 still ongoing, relief efforts have taken on even greater importance. Residents are in dire need of clean drinking water. Personal hygiene items are also needed, as well as other necessities.

Even the smallest donation will make an immediate impact! The wish list items are:

  • bottled/boxed water
  • first aid kits
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • dental floss
  • baby wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • soap
  • feminine supplies
  • flashlights and batteries
  • solar powered lights
  • diapers
  • deodorant
  • Ensure and Pedialyte
  • non-perishable food

The drop-off locations are Gándara Center offices at:

  • 140 McClellan Highway, East Boston
  • 142 Crescent St., 2nd Floor, Brockton
  • 376 Nash Rd., New Bedford
  • 100 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg
  • 147 Norman Street, West Springfield
  • 80 Commercial Street, Holyoke

Only new items are requested, please. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Please make checks payable to Gándara Center, Memo: 2020 Help for P.R. The donations will be collected until January 31.

Donate online here. Select: “Apply my donation to: 2020 Aid for Puerto Rico Earthquake Victims.”

Gándara Center appreciates your kindness and generosity in this dire situation.

This isn’t the first time Gándara Center has responded to a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. In 2017, after the agency mobilized to help refugees from Hurricane Maria, its Springfield Family Resource Center was given a Governor’s Citation in recognition of the work it did for families displaced by the storm.

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Gándara Blog

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Problem Gambling Photovoice Exhibition to Take Place on March 12 [EVENT POSTPONED]

Opioid Overdose Deaths Decreased Statewide, But Increased in Western Mass—Especially in Hispanic Communities

Quit Vaping, Smoking or Other Tobacco Products to Celebrate American Heart Month

View Our February Newsletter Online!

Gándara Center Staff Bring Supplies to Earthquake-Torn Puerto Rico

Lois Nesci Named CEO of Gándara Center

Backpack Survival Kits are Needed for Earthquake Victims in Puerto Rico

View our January Newsletter Online!

Gándara Center’s Emergency Help Drive for Puerto Rico is Now a Statewide Effort

Gándara Youth Exhibit Celebrates Young Artists and Performers

View our December Newsletter Online!

Stop Access Springfield Coalition Town Hall Event on December 11 to Warn of Substance Use Dangers

Don’t Miss ArtSong, Our 6th Annual Gándara Youth Art Exhibit Reception, on December 12

#GivingTuesday: On December 3, Help Support the People We Serve

Help is Available for Youth with Serious Emotional or Behavioral Health Needs

Gándara Center Launches Community Care Package Drive

State Awards Funds for Gándara Center Recovery Program in Plymouth: Program Moving to Larger Facility

View Our November Newsletter Online!

Gándara Center’s Stop Access Springfield Coalition Awarded $125,000 Federal Grant to Fight Substance Use

Gándara Center Urges Passage of Two Anti-Vaping Bills

Be a Hero: Become a Sponsor in our Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship Program

View Our October Newsletter Online

ADHD Awareness Month: Know the Difference Between Myths and Facts

Staff Snapshot: Aundra Gillyourd, Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach

Gándara Center, Tapestry, and Hampden County Addiction Taskforce Partner for Free Community Narcan Trainings

Heather Murphy Receives Field Instructor Award

New Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy Opens at Gándara Center Outpatient Clinic

View Our September Newsletter Online

Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de la Recuperación: Join the Voices for Recovery!

Suicide Prevention: a Shared Responsibility

Frozen Yogurt 5K Raises More Than $25,000

We Need Volunteers for Our Frozen Yogurt 5K on August 25!

View Our August Newsletter Online!

We’re Marching in the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade on September 15

11 Gándara Center Employees Mark Milestones in August

Donor Profile: Bill Trudeau, presidente y director ejecutivo de Insurance Center of New England

We’re Having a Job Fair at the Holyoke Mall on August 3

Gándara Center: a History

An Exciting Opportunity: The Gándara Center Hiring Bonus Program

Check Out Our July Newsletter Online!

We Need Runners/Walkers, Sponsors, and Volunteers for Our Frozen Yogurt 5K on August 25 in Northampton!

Hope for Holyoke Presenters Discuss Compulsive Gambling at Symposium

Read our June Newsletter Online!

#GandaraAtWork Episode 11: Lara Quiles, Supervisor, CSP/RSN Programs

A Dozen Gándara Center Employees Celebrate Important Work Anniversaries in June

Attention Shoppers: Gándara Center Chosen as a Big Y Community Bag Program Beneficiary for June

Gándara to Open Peer Recovery Support Center in Springfield

Henry’s Next Aventura! Event Raises $3,528 for Kids and Teens Summer Camp Scholarship

Fundraiser Benefits Gándara’s Esperanza Women’s Transitional Support Services

#GandaraAtWork Episode 10: Eddie Rodriguez, Recovery Coach Supervisor

Nine Gándara Center Employees Mark Milestones in May

Gándara Center’s NOEL Program Conducts Community Educational Session on Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening

Read Our May Newsletter Online!

National Foster Care Month: Celebrating the Heroes Who Make a Difference in the Lives of Children in Need

We Need Volunteers for Our Frozen Yogurt 5K on August 25!

New Program: Avanzando! Enhanced Residential Rehabilitation Services Treats Women Who are Experiencing Co-Occurring Disorders

#GandaraAtWork Episode 9: Lianette Rivera, In-Home Behavioral Services Director

#GandaraAtWork Episode 8: Abrah Orth, Director of Family Support and Training

Read our April Newsletter Online!

Problem Gambling Prevention: the Ambassador Project

Hope for Holyoke Recovery Center Members and Staff Respond to an Overdose and Save a Life with Narcan

#GandaraAtWork Episode 7: Sara, In-Home Therapy Supervisor

Community Chat at Springfield Family Resource Center Focuses on Safety and Quality-of-Life Issues

Staff Snapshot: Lea Rojas Otero, Outpatient Clinic Counselor in Brockton

#GandaraAtWork Episode 6: Edgardo and Natalie, Health & Wellness at the Outpatient Clinic

Read Our March Newsletter Online!

National Employee Appreciation Day: Congratulations to All of Our Gift Card Winners!

#GandaraAtWork Episode 5: Mark Huntington, Director of Training

Springfield Residents: Applications Now Available for the Gándara Center Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship

The Champion Plan in Brockton Joins National Police-Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative

#GandaraAtWork Episode 4: Rahiza, Chelsea, and Audra of our Outpatient Clinic

#GandaraAtWork Episode 3: Lavagn Claudio, Senior Family Partner

#GandaraAtWork Episode 2: Kristen Owens, Quality Assurance Specialist

#GandaraAtWork Episode 1: Dianna Rodriguez, HR Receptionist

Meet Jayson Sanchez, Gándara Center’s New Recruitment Marketing and Sourcing Specialist

Stop Access Springfield Coalition Coordinator Malikah Jeffries Attends Community Anti-Drug Conference in Washington, DC

Future Gándara Center Shelter in Springfield Receives Funding from State Youth Homelessness Initiative

Why We Run: To Boost Mental Health, Raise Awareness, & Combat Stigmas

Read the Gándara Center 2018 Annual Report Online!

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Mini-Conference Takes Aim at a Sharp Spike in Youth Vaping

Gándara Center Employees Mark Milestones in January

Be a Hero to a Deserving Child: Sponsor a Camper in Our Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship Program

Read Our January Newsletter Online!

Employees and Families Enjoy 6-2 Home Hockey Victory at Gándara Center Family Night at the Springfield Thunderbirds

Gándara in the Media: Sara Moriarty, Director of the Hampden County Tobacco Free Community Partnership

Save the Date: Our 5th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K is on August 25

De-escalation & Crisis Management Training: How to Defuse the Situation

El Sitio Web de Gándara en Español—Gándara Website in Spanish

4 New Years Resolution Ideas to Improve Your Mental Health [Infographic]

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Read Our December Newsletter Online!

End-of-Year Giving: Help Us Send Kids and Teens from Low-income Springfield Families to Summer Camp

Community Responds to Blood Drive/Job Fair on December 11

Not Just Winter Blues: What is Seasonal Affective Disorder & What Are the Treatments?

Largest Turnout Ever for Gándara Center Holiday Party

Gándara Center Executive Director to Retire: Henry East-Trou a Longtime Advocate for the Underserved

The Massachusetts Good Samaritan Law: Protection for Overdose Victims & Witnesses

Read Our November Newsletter Online!

Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Black Males, Fentanyl Use Increase [Report]

Well-Attended Community Narcan Trainings a Success

What is Carfentanil: The Synthetic Opioid 10,000 Times Stronger Than Morphine

The Valley Gives on Giving Tuesday: On Nov. 27 Help Us Send Kids to Summer Camp

Blood Drive/Job Fair on December 11 in Holyoke: Give Life—and Learn About Our Career Opportunities

Community Narcan Trainings to be Offered in Spanish Nov. 7 and 13: SPREAD THE WORD!

4 Questions for a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Trans & Queer Specialist [Q&A]

Federal Policy & Massachusetts Ballot Question 3 Could Negatively Affect the At-Risk LGBTQI+ Community

4 Tips for Enjoying Halloween Sober [Infographic]

What Is Narcan, How Do I Use It, and Where Can I Get It?

Gándara Center Partners with Tapestry to Provide Community Narcan Trainings

Read Our October Newsletter Online!

ADHD Awareness Month: Dispelling the Myths

Sponsors Sought for Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship

Donation Provides Impact Center with Backpacks and Supplies

Springfield Family Resource Center Honored by Governor for Hurricane Relief

Regarding a Local News Story on Child Exploitation [Statement]

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Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship: Making Memories for Springfield Youth

View Photos and Video of the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade and Hope for Holyoke’s Float

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Read Our September Newsletter Online!

Suicide Prevention: a Shared Responsibility

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Read Our August Newsletter Online!

Synthetic Substances: What is K2 & Why is it Dangerous?

Gándara in the News: The K2 Mass Overdose in New Haven

Overdose Death Data Show Spike in Fentanyl Use in Massachusetts & Nationwide [Report]

Transgender Governor Candidate Helps Focus Attention on LGBTQI+ Substance Use & Mental Health

Hay ayuda disponible para jóvenes con problemas emocionales graves y de salud conductual, y también para sus familias

Minorities in These Jobs are More Likely to Suffer Opioid Overdose Deaths [Report]

In Capuano vs. Pressley Debate, Missed Opportunity to Talk Opioid Crisis & Mental Health

Donor Profile: Matt Bannister, primer vicepresidente de Marketing e Innovación, PeoplesBank

Here’s the 2018 Frozen Yogurt 5K Route [Map]

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: A Call to Action

Gándara in the News: Debra Flynn-Gonzalez, Program Director for Hope for Holyoke

What Demi Lovato Can Teach Us About Recognizing Warning Signs of Relapse

New Study Shows Link Between Rising Temperatures & Suicide Rates

Mass. Senate Scraps Plan for Safe-Injection Site

Re-Entry Program for Prisoners in Plymouth to Feature Wrap-around Team Approach

Heather Murphy Receives Field Supervisor Award

Joanny Torrales Celebrates 15 Years at Gándara

Gov. Baker Announces $1 Million in Narcan Grants

Donor Profile: Bill Trudeau, presidente y director ejecutivo de Insurance Center of New England

Sign-on and Referral Bonus Program Returns

Debra Flynn-Gonzalez Honored in Boston as “Unsung Heroine”

Gándara in the News: Lianette Rivera

Cornerstone Program Director Cindy Carley Honored by WMSAPA

Hope After Addiction: Recovery Coach Training Grads Honored in Brockton

Suicide Prevention: Watch for the Warning Signs

Hope for Holyoke Hosts MOAR Western Massachusetts Policy Forum

The 4th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K is Coming August 26

ArtSong Reception Celebrates Young Artists and Performers

Read Our Outpatient Clinic Accessibility Plan

 

 

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