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Mindfulness Workshop
February 28th
Often working in the human service field can be stressful and overwhelming.  Sometimes it's hard to not bring the stress of the job home. Learn tips to strengthen your self-care toolkit at our next COSA meeting.
Relax, decompress and learn mindfulness techniques. Our Mindfulness workshop will be led by Chase Giroux, Supervisor of Intensive Care Coordination at Clinical & Support Options where she also provides agency-wide trainings and mindfulness practices.
Chase brings an integrated approach to her work having practiced Vipassana Meditation, completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and is currently working toward certification in the practice of Koru Mindfulness; an evidence based practice designed for emerging adults.  Chase practices and teaches mindfulness in the Zen tradition brought to the west by renowned leaders such as Thich Nhat Hanh, John Kabat Zinn and others.  She offers a very accessible and secular approach to using these practices in both educational and mental health care settings.  


Cancer Connection Camp Out

After a year of Glamping indoors at The Hotel Northampton and after a year of Summer camp on the Old Courthouse lawn, the Cancer Connection Campers have convinced Monte to go once more into the freeze and even deeper into winter than in years previous.
Starting at 6 am on  Wednesday February 27th and staying at least until the last day of February, Monte and his band of chilly campers will brave the elements and raise as much money as they can for  The Cancer Connection in Northampton

Listen all that day and into the night as Monte broadcasts live and be ready to call, go-online, or come by to make a donation.
And if you are feeling brave and want to camp yourself  EMAIL MONTE

Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse 
A Conference for Mandated Reporters

The Children's Advocacy Center of Hampshire County is hosting a training for all mandated reporters.  The Speakers include:

Northwestern District Attorney, David E. Sullivan
Baystate Health Care MD, Dr. Stephen Boos
Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, Asst. D.A. Linda Pisano
Area Director, DCF, Laurie Sullivan LICSW
Legal Counsel to the DCF, Attorney Aimee Cameron

A light dinner will be served     Cost $20

March 21st from 4-8 PM at Hadley Farms Meeting House
41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA


Apply Now For Homeownership!

We are now accepting applications for a great new affordable homeownership opportunity for a two-bedroom home to be built on Glendale Road in Northampton. Any interested potential future home owners can come to one of our three information sessions to learn more about the project and our homeowner application and selection process. 
  • Tuesday February 19th at 6:30pm at City Council Chambers 212 Main St Northampton 
  • Saturday March 2nd at 10:30am at the Forbes Library 20 West St Northampton 
  • Wednesday March 20th at 6pm at Greenfield Savings Bank at 325A King St Northampton 
Equal Housing Opportunity. For more details or to download an application please visit: 


Back-to-College Night

Human Service Forum  and UMass Amherst University Without Walls are collaborating to bring together human services organizations and the future employees who are looking to make a difference in their communities.
Local colleges and universities will be sharing their night, weekend, online, and continuing education programs with those who are interesting in pursuing or advancing a career in the Human Service field.
In addition to UMass University Without Walls, programs in attendance include Westfield State University, Cambridge College, American International College and more!
This is a great opportunity for member organizations to connect with prospective employees and to let attendees know-the human services field is a great career opportunity!  Spots are LIMITED! There will be 10 tables.  

March 13th 4-7 PM
UMass Springfield


Valley CDC
First Time Homebuyers

Our  workshops  are certified by the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), a statewide non-profit  organization that works towards affordable housing and community development. Because our workshops are CHAPA-certified, income-eligible participants may apply for special First Time Homebuyer loans through participating lenders.  To receive a certificate, participants must fully attend all four workshops in the series.  
March 7, 14, 21 and 28  6-9 PM
People's Bank -  56 Amity St.  Amherst


LGBTQ+ Yoga 

As part of the Healing Arts series provided by the Center for Community Resilience after Trauma (CCRT), we now offer monthly FREE LGBTQ+ and Allies Yoga, alternating between Greenfield & Florence. This Trauma-informed and Queer safe Yoga class is for folks who identify as LGBTQ+ or an ally of those community members AND also identify as having ever been impacted by violence or crime (including harassment, assault, hate-motivated crime, etc.) whether it was reported or not.

Click here for the flyer for this offering 

Nominate a 
Small Home Hero!

This February, Habitat is asking our supporters to show their love for a local hero and small home advocate in the community. Community members can nominate an individual, business, or community organization they believe is doing outstanding work to help promote the small home movement throughout Hampshire & Franklin Counties in Massachusetts. 

Our 2019  Small Home Hero  will be announced in April and honored at a special award ceremony to be held in late May or early June. Keep your eyes out for more details on date and location of our Small Home Hero Award Ceremony to be announced this spring! 

Deadline March 1, 2019! 


Spring 2019 Supervisory Skills Certificate Series

This series meets every other Thursday starting on March 7, 2019 until May 2, 2019 from 
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

#1 - Introduction to Innovation 
In this workshop you'll be introduced to the state-of-the-art systems for innovation used by Silicon Valley, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes for Health, the effective altruism movement, and many others. Presenter: Paul Silva
Thursday, March 7, 2019

#2 - Management Fundamentals
Explores the role of management and how strong management skills/behavior can create an environment in which employees reach their potential.   Presenter:  Diana Brooks
Thursday, March 21, 2019

#3 - Employment Law 101 
This program will give supervisors basic information about employment law; plus skills and strategies for managing agency staff that can help to avoid employment litigation.  Presenters:  Attorneys Marylou Fabbo and   Amelia J. Holstrom
Thursday, April 4, 2019

#4 - Performance Feedback & Management
This workshop builds awareness and skills of the impact managers have on the performance of their employees.  Areas covered are employee feedback, coaching, goal setting, follow-up and review.   Presenters: Diana Brooks
Thursday, April 18, 2019

#5 - Nonprofit Finance, Risk Management, and Benefits Structure
New supervisors will learn a basic understanding of accounting and budgeting process.  Presenters:Whittlesey Advising and Insurance Center of New England
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

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