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

We want runners. But we also need volunteers—because they play a crucial part in one of the most exciting Sundays of the year: August 25. That’s when downtown Northampton becomes a road race hub as Gándara Center’s 5th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K helps us to raise awareness of mental health and addiction disorders and to help put an end to the stigma surrounding these often misunderstood illnesses that affect so many of our friends and families.

We need volunteers for the water stations to keep our runners hydrated, and to help at our registration table. We are also recruiting volunteers to be race monitors and be a part of our setup and take-down crew.

Membership in our volunteer brigade has its privileges: you get a free Frozen Yogurt from GoBerry and you get a free Frozen Yogurt 5K t-shirt! And we have a lot of fun.

Attention Runners!

There is no better way to burn calories and get cardio exercise than training for a 5K! Our 5K! The race begins 9:00 a. m. in downtown Northampton.

Register here! Kids 12 and under run for free, and all runners—and walkers—get a free GoBerry Frozen Yogurt. Leashed pets are also welcome to run for free!

Registration on race day will be available beginning at 8:00 a. m. Credit and debit cards will be accepted. The staging area is on the Courthouse Lawn across from the Calvin Theater. For GPS purposes please use 19 King Street Northampton, MA.

Our 5K is officially timed by RaceWire. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the following categories: Male, Female, male 12 and under, female 12 and under, male 50 and over, and female 50 and over.

For any questions regarding the event, contact Contact Jade Rivera-McFarlin at jriveramcfarlin@gandaracenter.org or 413-296-6214.

Register online. Read about last year’s race.

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View Our August Newsletter Online!

Gándara Center’s August Newsletter is now online—and we have plenty of video.

Christina Dillon, Peer Mentor at our Impact Center in Springfield, and Jade Rivera-McFarlin, our Director of Marketing and Fund Development, were live on Western Mass News on August 7 to talk about the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament hosted by the Impact Center on Tuesday August 20. Speaking of Western Mass News, Jayson Sanchez, our Recruitment Marketing Specialist, was live the program on July 27 to talk about our job fair on August 3 at the Holyoke Mall.

You can also view the video Eversource Energy at Camp STAR Angelina in Forest Park on July 17 presenting a $1,000 check to our Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship Program. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno was on hand, along with plenty of our campers.

Thanks to all who donated blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive at our 80 Commercial Street offices on July 16. We have video of Lavagn Claudio, senior family partner at Gándara Center, telling us why blood drives are so crucial.

Other videos: Elisandra Martinez, Peer Support Specialist at the Gándara Outpatient Clinic, talks about why it’s so important to know your hepatitis status, and our #GándaraAtWork series continues with a profile of Lara Quiles, supervisor of or CSP/RSN Programs.

And there’s plenty more, including a story on the proud history of our agency.

View the newsletter at http://mailchi.mp/gandaracenter/august-video-headlines.

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

The 2019 Springfield Puerto Rican Parade is coming up on domingo, septiembre 15!

As a culturally sensitive organization, Gándara Center wants to represent in a big way. That being said, this year we are organizing a Gándara Puerto Rican Parade planning committee. Employees: if you are interested in being part of the planning team, please come out on jueves, agosto 8 at 11:30 a. m. to our 80 Commercial Street office for the organizational meeting.

Those interested in marching with the Gándara Center on parade day please click here to register.

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11 Gándara Center Employees Mark Milestones in August

Some Gándara Family commemorations: below are some noteworthy work anniversaries of employees at the agency in the month of August:

20 Years
Victor Ortiz, Fort Pleasant (Springfield)

10 Years
Jesse Jones, Fort Pleasant (Springfield)
Tarrell Sutton, Alternative Options (Chicopee)

5 Years
Carlos Aguilar, Information Technology (Boston)
Luis Crespo, Continuum (Chicopee)
Joanne Lucas, Residential Shared Living
Saul Martinez, Therapeutic Services (Boston)
Shenique Rosario, Chicopee STARR
Cheri Ruth, Holyoke STARR
Donna St. John, Residential Shared Living
Borja Vazquez-Roso, Therapeutic Services (Boston)

Congratulations everyone!

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

When Bill Trudeau was considering having his company, Insurance Center of New England (ICNE), be a presenting sponsor of the Gándara Center’s Frozen Yogurt 5K in Northampton—after being a gold sponsor for three straight years— it didn’t take him long to declare an emphatic “yes!”

The race, which will take place on August 25 at 9:00 a. m., is raising funds to provide culturally sensitive services for children, adults, and families throughout the region.

“After all, it’s for a great cause,” he said. “One of our core values at ICNE is ‘Always do the right thing,’ and that means being actively involved in the community.”

Bill has always felt compelled to give back to the community, taking leadership positions with such organizations as the American Red Cross of the Pioneer Valley (board member and former board chair), Hilltop Child & Adult Services (board president), the Springfield Museums (corporator), the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (board member), Wilbraham United Church (governing board chair), and Hispanic Resources Inc. (board member), which provides housing for the mentally challenged primarily in the Hispanic community.

For Bill, this sense of social responsibility is deeply rooted in his family and in his childhood experience with the Boy Scouts, charity work in high school, and chairing the philanthropy committee of his fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho, at UMass Amherst, where he graduated with a BA in General Business/Finance from the university’s Isenberg School of Management. “I’ve been very fortunate in my life, and, like the old saying, much is expected from those whom much is given,” he said. Through his church, Wilbraham United, he has gotten involved in several mission outreach activities. Through Link to Libraries, a western Massachusetts non-profit that collects and distributes new and gently used books, he has been a volunteer reader for elementary school students at the Sumner Avenue School in Springfield for the past three years.

He especially likes getting involved in the Frozen Yogurt 5K because not only because of what it supports, but also because of the fun mood it creates in downtown Northampton. “It’s fantastic seeing a lot of the Gándara folks at the event, including Henry East-Trou,” the Center’s recently retired executive director, he said. “Every time I talk to Henry I get the feeling of someone who has worked feverishly to deliver for his clients for decades.”

Bill joined Insurance Center of New England in 1990, finding his career “by accident” two months after graduating from college—at the time he wanted to be in sales, but trained for three years in a specialty program in insurance for banks. He became a partner and owner in 2001, has served as the president and CEO since 2012, and today he handles a diverse group of casualty property insurance accounts. Bill was named to BusinessWest magazine’s 40 Under Forty in 2008. “I was 39 years old—I just got in under the wire,” he said with a laugh.

The East Longmeadow native lives in Wilbraham with his wife, Tammy, and two daughters, 22 and 19.

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

Looking for a new job?

Come on down to the Holyoke Mall on sábado, agosto 3 from 10:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. for our job fair on the upper level near Target. Bring your resume and get a live interview right on the spot.

Jayson Sanchez, our Recruitment Marketing Specialist, was live on Western Mass News on July 29 to discuss this incredible opportunity. “We encourage candidates to dress to impress,” said Jayson.

We’re hiring, for example, Therapeutic Mentors and a LGBTQ Program Director. Check out our job listings for more details.

View Jayson’s segment on Western Mass News.

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Gándara Center: a History

Gándara Center was founded in Springfield in 1977 to advocate and provide for equal and culturally competent services in behavioral health for the Hispanic community.

The Hispanic population in the Connecticut River Valley, historically drawn to the area’s blue collar and agricultural jobs—especially tobacco farming—has been growing steadily in the region since the 1950s. But in the 1970s, when there was a large wave of Hispanic migration to greater Springfield area, the portion of newcomers who had mental health and substance use issues had very limited access to services that could help them.

Fortunately, in 1977—and later as a part of President Jimmy Carter’s Mental Health Systems Act of 1980—funding was made available to communities across the country to address the mental health needs of individuals suffering from serious mental illness, including the elderly, and racial and ethnic minority communities. The City of Springfield submitted a citywide application that included the needs for both the Hispanic and African-American communities. This funding strengthened the city’s mental health services and led to the establishment of the Gándara Mental Health Center.

Our agency was named in honor of Dr. José N. Gándara Cartagena (1907-1954), a prominent physician and public servant from Ponce, Puerto Rico who dedicated his life to providing services for those who could not afford medical care. He also advocated for urban renewal—especially the construction of much-needed new public housing. Gándara Center embodies Dr. Gándara’s goals and work—as a philanthropist and symbol in his community—and the center used his legacy as the foundation of our mission and values.

Gándara Center was first housed in a storefront on Main Street and then on the Mercy Hospital campus on Carew Street. In 1982, when the Gándara Center’s Outpatient Clinic doors at 2155 Main Street first opened, no other agency in the area specifically met the needs of providing culturally sensitive care to the Hispanic community. In the early years, the nonprofit’s first executive director, Dr. Philip Guzman, laid the foundation for what the agency would later become; his vision and advocacy for the Hispanic community set Gándara Center apart from other agencies.

In 1982, Dr. Henry Julio East-Trou joined the team as a supervisor for the agency’s psychiatric day treatment program. At the time, Gándara Center had just one Springfield location and approximately 30 staff to house all of its programs—residential, outpatient, and substance use. Over the years, numerous contacts and grants were secured, services expanded, additional programs were created, and staff size increased. In 1989, when East-Trou began shepherding Gándara Center through an unprecedented era of growth as executive director, the agency employed 80 people and served approximately 2,000 clients. Today, Gándara is home behavioral health, substance use, prevention, and educational services in more than 40 locations throughout the state—both in eastern and western Massachusetts—employs over 900 staff, and serves over 13,000 adults, children, and families from all backgrounds in its care.

Gándara’s efforts to fill the gaps in services for society’s most vulnerable populations has taken us to new places and new initiatives. Our many services include maintaining residential homes for youth and adults transitioning back to the community from incarceration, homelessness, substance use disorder, and other mental illnesses. In fact, we are the largest provider of DCF group homes in western Massachusetts. We also offer adult residential services for developmentally disabled individuals, and run such family support programs as the Springfield Family Resource Center, which helps our clients navigate through housing education, and the legal system. Our Specialized Hispanic Community Service Agency (CSA)/Community-based Health Initiative (CBHI) services use a team wrap-around approach to ensure that children who have significant behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs and their families get the help they need. For over 30 years we have run a foster-care program. We also operate peer recovery support centers in Brockton, Holyoke, Hyannis, and Plymouth—and we will open another one in Springfield in the fall of 2019.

Although we have branched out, our mission remains the same: we will continue to champion the underserved as we have since our founding more than 40 years ago.

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Former Executive Directors Dr. Henry Julio East-Trou (left) and Dr. Philip Guzman

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The opening of our Impact Center in Springfield in 2017

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An Exciting Opportunity: The Gándara Center Hiring Bonus Program

By Jayson Sanchez, Gándara Center’s recruitment marketing and sourcing specialist

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Did you know about our hiring bonus program? It’s an exciting initiative happening at Gándara Center! Did you know there’s also an employee referral bonus program too? There are so many exciting developments happening at Gándara that you may not have heard of before.

Our Hiring Bonus Plan: for General Degree hirees, and hirees who have High School or General Education diplomas, there’s a hiring bonus of $500*! For Bachelor’s and Master’s Levels, the hiring bonuses are up to $1,500 and $3,000! This is a benefit that allows us to bring in more talented staff like yourselves!

But it doesn’t end there. We know you may have a family member or friend or know someone who is as capable and dedicated as you and looking to make a positive lasting impact by helping people, so we want you to spread the word about the great things happening here at Gándara Center like giveaways on Employee Appreciation Day and National Donut Day. That’s important! Spread the word, and if you’re successful in bringing on more talent like you, you also get a bonus referral depending on the education level of the hiree. Mind blown?…Yes we know! So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our Detailed Hiring Bonus and Employee Referral Program and help us gain more talent today!

Hiring Bonus Program

Master’s Degree Staff

*Up to $3,000 sign on bonus:

$1,000 after 3 months of employment & $2,000 after 6 months of employment

 

Bachelor’s Degree Staff

*Up to $1,500 sign on bonus:

$500 after 3 months of employment & $1,500 after 6 months of employment

 

General Degree Staff

*Up to $500 sign on bonus:

$250 after 3 months of employment & $250 after 6 months of employment

View our job openings at Gándara Center!

 

Employee Referral Bonus

Refer a MA Degree Staff – $600

Refer a BA Degree Staff – $400

Refer a General Degree Staff – $300

All referral bonuses will be paid after new employee’s six-month probationary period.

Questions regarding the employee referral bonuses? Contact Jayson Sanchez at jsanchez3@gandaracenter.org or 413-930-4270.

Bonuses are determined based on job requirements. This incentive program is subject to end at any time at the discretion of the agency’s administrative leadership team. Gándara employees: be sure to talk to your supervisor or manager for information on how to acquire the form today.

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Check Out Our July Newsletter Online!

Our monthly newsletter for July has much more video than in past newsletters, including video headlines—which give you the latest news from around the agency. View our video of National HIV Testing Day, in which we talk to Gándara Center Outreach Case Manager Paulo Salvador about the importance of knowing your HIV status.

We also have video of a tree planting ceremony in honor of the late Lynne Reilly, who was a recovery specialist at our Esperanza Transition Support Services in Westfield. And check out our latest #GandaraAtWork video of Eddie Rodriguez, recovery coach supervisor in our Gándara Addiction Recovery Program.

You can also read about our Frozen Yogurt 5K on August 25 in Northampton, our presentation on compulsive gambling at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Springfield, our participation in the Western MA Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers at Holyoke Community College, and the Hampden County DA’s Office hosting a workshop on record sealing and expungement at our offices at 80 Commercial Street in Holyoke.

In addition, we have photos of our giveaways to employees on National Donut Day (June 7) and on Father’s Day.

The newsletter can be found at https://mailchi.mp/gandaracenter/july-video-headlines.

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

There is no better way to burn calories and get cardio exercise than training for a 5K—and running in—a 5K! Our 5K! Gándara Center’s 5th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K is on domingo, agosto 25 at 9:00 a. m. in downtown Northampton.

Register today! Kids 12 and under run for free, and all runners—and walkers—get a free GoBerry Frozen Yogurt. Sign up by August 14 and you’ll be receive a free t-shirt.

Proceeds from this event directly benefit the individuals we serve. With over 40 service locations across the state, our agency is heavily funded through state and federal grants. While those dollars offset our operating costs, our clients’ needs go beyond the services we provide—needs that our contracted dollars don’t account for: summer camp scholarships; bus passes to help a single parent without transportation successfully get to their job; sensory tools for children suffering from severe emotional disturbances; basic apartment necessities for young clients moving into their first apartments; job interview outfits for women graduating from our residential recovery programs, and so much more.

We also run to raise awareness of mental health and addiction disorders and to put an end to the stigma surrounding these often misunderstood illnesses that affect so many of our friends and families.

We also need volunteers for the water stations to keep our runners hydrated, and to help at our registration table. We are also recruiting volunteers to be race monitors and be a part of our setup and takedown crew.

Leashed pets are also welcome to run for free!

Registration on race day will be available beginning at 8:00 a. m. Credit and debit cards will be accepted. The staging area is on the Courthouse Lawn across from the Calvin Theater. For GPS purposes please use 19 King Street Northampton, MA.

Our 5K is officially timed by RaceWire. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the following categories: Male, Female, 12 and under and 50 and over.

For any questions regarding the event—or for those interested in having their business sponsor this year’s race­—please contact Jade Rivera-McFarlin at 413-296-6214 or jriveramcfarlin@gandaracenter.org.

Read about last year’s race!

Frozen Yogurt 5K Route:

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