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Newsletter May 2021
CHNA 18 Monthly News & Updates

Events from Community Friends & Partners

Projects & Programs

Jobs, Grants & Resources

May Events
From Community Friends & Partners
Spring Inspiration Breakfast
Thursday, May 6th, 10 AM
Join the Foundation for MetroWest and host Theresa Okokono for the 2021 Virtual Spring Inspiration Breakfast, our annual celebration of youth and family philanthropy!

In partnership with Amazing Things Art Center, we're excited to bring you a morning of engaging, professionally produced storytelling. This event will not only showcase the creative art of storytelling, but also allow the Foundation to highlight its work in the community and celebrate local philanthropy like we've never done before.
Click for more information and to register
Share Your Story! Recruiting Teen Speakers for Peer-to-Peer Program!

Families for Depression Awareness is looking for teen and young adult speakers (age 14 to 25) who have experienced depression or bipolar disorder and to share their stories. Our Teen Speakers travel to schools, community organizations, and businesses around Massachusetts to share their personal stories to offer education, inspire hope, and end mental health stigma. These events are geared toward teens/students and adult audiences.

Volunteers gain public speaking experience, media training, community service, and peer-to-peer support. Volunteers are integral to the success of our organization! You can help make a difference today but filing out the volunteer form or sharing our flyer with teens who may be interested.
Schedule a Free Coping with Stress Workshop (Time Limited)!

Help employees learn to address stress, anxiety, and depression by bringing in Families for Depression Awareness' Coping with Stress and Depression workshop. For a limited time (must be scheduled and delivered by June 30, 2021), this 60 to 90-minute virtual workshop is available at no-cost to Massachusetts workplaces. To learn more, contact or visit our website
Spring Events Calendar

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is pleased to present our Spring Events Calendar featuring a wide variety of educational topics presented by expert physicians and clinicians. Each event will be held virtually, keeping the safety and well-being of our patients and communities our top priority. 

Dear Friends,
I’m delighted to share an important article just published in the Wall Street Journal. Two of our JF&CS Memory Café guests, Judy and Abbe, have generously shared their story of ongoing friendship in this article: The Importance of Friendship for Alzheimer’s Patients.
Abbe and Judy’s story, and the story of friends Arthena and Shaun who are also profiled in the article, are beautiful examples of how important friendship is, and how it can continue with love, flexibility and heart.
Please consider sharing the Wall St. Journal article, and this blog post which also focuses on Judy and Abbe’s friendship, to encourage friends to stay involved when someone develops dementia. Often friends want to stay connected, but don’t know how.

Attending memory cafés together is one way to do that.

The next virtual JF&CS Memory Café will be Friday, May 7. Anyone interested in attending should email me by May 6, and I’ll be glad to send them the Zoom link.

All best wishes,
Click to read the article
Click to view the Memory Cafe Invitation for
Friday, May 7th
Upcoming Events

Please Click to see all of our upcoming events for adults and teens.
MEDA’s Virtual Conference 202

MEDA (the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association) is excited to announce that *REGISTRATION IS OPEN* for MEDA’s Virtual Conference 2021 – Navigating the Complexities of Eating Disorder Treatment!! May 20 and 21. 2 Days, 10 Informative Sessions, 21 Thought Provoking Speakers AND 15 CE’s. For speakers, schedule and to register head over to We hope to see you there!
The conference will highlight a variety of treatment methods and focus on the specific needs of various populations struggling with eating disorders. MEDA’s 2021 Conference will provide the latest treatment modality updates for eating disorder diagnostic criteria per the revised edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and how this impacts people across all populations. MEDA'S 2021 Conference is designed for nurses, psychologists, mental health clinicians, social workers, dietitians, other healthcare professionals, students and other professionals who focus on the treatment and care of patients with eating disorders and subclinical eating disorders.
We organize the event to offer education to meet the needs of both highly experienced providers and those new to the field wanting to learn more about the treatment of eating disorders.
Projects & Programs
CHNA 18 Providing Mental Health Support in Waltham and Beyond

With funding from McLean Hospital, CHNA 18 has recently partnered with several organizations in Waltham to provide mental health support to people of all ages in Waltham and beyond.

Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging/Healthy Waltham: Addressing loneliness and isolation among seniors during the pandemic. 1) The Waltham Senior Civic Academy, helping Waltham seniors to learn about how government and programs work and to improve their skills as advocates. Connecting residents to leaders of government and agencies is intended to also open channels of communication and cooperation. An ultimate goal of the program is to help residents be more active in the community and to create change in policies and programs. 2) Welcome to the Digital Age, a program to provide free Chromebook computers, high-speed internet, and training for low-income Waltham seniors who want to get online. 3) Mind, Body, Spirit, a program to counter social isolation among Waltham seniors and also to help build emotional resiliency. Other supported programs include:

Five-minute video “Bursts” from well-known psychologist and therapist Jon Mattleman, MS, providing families with coping mechanisms for dealing with the isolation and stress from the pandemic.

“You are Not Alone”: Self-guided video modules developed by Ivy Watts of Ivy Watts Speaks for middle school-college age students, focusing on self-care, staying motivated, and dealing with uncertainty. 

Wraparound Waltham: Wraparound Waltham is a multi-agency collaborative led by Waltham Partnership for Youth with the objective of helping immigrant students graduate high school. Through a case management approach, they support families in accessing jobs, housing, food, health and mental health services - needs which have all increased dramatically due to COVID. The objective of Wraparound Waltham is to provide families the support they need so their children can stay focused on school.
The Metrowest Regional Coalition Resource Directory for
Suicide Prevention
LISTEN: The Troubling Trend of Suicide in Young Children. A Conversation with Jon Mattlema‪n‬.

Suicide is a leading cause of death in US elementary school–aged children, and the suicide rate in black school-aged children has increased in recent years. Learn how we can support the mental health of young children. 

Community Indicator Project

Impact MetroWest is an initiative of the Foundation for MetroWest to bring awareness to and drive action around
the strengths and challenges facing our communities here in the MetroWest
region of Greater Boston.

Credible and independent data is vital to allow the entire community to learn, understand and then act together improve the quality of life for everyone.

Over 50 indicators provide insight into the trends shaping our community over the last decade across several dimensions - the economy, education, civic engagement,
our health, transportation and housing systems, and more.
The data serves as a report card for the region and acts as a spark to drive change.

We are excited to share this data with everyone and look forward to seeing how it helps all of us better understand the quality of life in our region, how it compares with Massachusetts and the nation, and how we can work together to make it even better.
WATCH CDC Compiling COVID-19
Community Resource Guide 
WATCH CDC, a local nonprofit focused on community organizing, is doing amazing work compiling a centralized COVID-19 Resource Guide to support the Waltham community during this difficult time.
The guide currently lists resources related to healthcare, food (including FREE LUNCH AND DINNER for all Waltham youth), housing, utilities, income and employment, and is being updated continuously.

You can also find a list of ways to volunteer or donate during this time, and information regarding service closures and interruptions.
We encourage all Waltham community members to visit this site. 

If you are aware of a COVID-19 related resource that is not listed, please share with WATCH CDC at
Needham Center at The Heights

(Needham's Aging Services)

Sends out daily highlights with a wide array of resources, zoom/facebook programs for free of charge, and other new and information as we go though the pandemic.
To receive the highlights, email Assistant Director of Programming and Transportation, Aicha Kelley
COVID-19 Scheduling Resource
Line is available by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone in MA on Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm, currently serving residents 75+. Translation available.
Mass 211's information & referral line remains open 24/7 for all other human service needs.
Jobs, Grants & Resources
Job Opportunity!

Beacon ABA Services is a private group practice of behavior analysts and behavioral therapists organized to provide intensive behavioral services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Make Mondays great again! Get paid to play while helping children acquire important life skills! Beacon ABA Services specializes in providing evidence-based treatment interventions to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our Therapists work directly with these children in their homes, following carefully created goals designed to promote independence. Opportunities based in Boston and surrounding areas! Medford, Malden, Revere, Chelsea!
Healthcare For All Newsletter

(Massachusetts is extending its tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.)

NEW: Resources from the State of Massachusetts, now that the state eviction moratorium has ended: Covid-19-eviction diversion initiative overview
The Foundation for MetroWest, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has created two emergency funds designed for rapid response funding.

For more information on resources, grants and job opportunities, please visit our website.