Events, Trainings, Community Resources

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Haitians with Temporary Protected Status

Re-registration is between Thursday 1/18/2018- Monday, 3/19/2018:

Employment Authorization for Haitians with TPS Automatically Extended Until July 21, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today (1/18/2018) that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Haiti’s designation who want to maintain that status through the program’s termination date of July 22, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps.

All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the time of filing Form I-821, or separately at a later date. Both forms are free for download on USCIS’ website at uscis.gov/tps. Please visit Federal Register and/or uscis.gov/tps for additional information.

MLRI Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Trainings

Next training is on Thursday 3/8/2018:
A series of topical trainings for legal, social and health services, and community advocates who assist low and moderate-income individuals and families. MCLE and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) are collaborating to make continual basic public benefits advocacy training more accessible to the many public and private sector individuals and lawyers who assist Massachusetts residents in qualifying for and receiving public benefits.
Click here to learn more about each training and for registration.

Lessons About the Changing Roles and Needs of Fathers of Infants and Young Children

Friday, 3/16/2018, 9a-11:30a, JF&CS Headquarters, Waltham

Fathers used to be known as “the forgotten parent” but their presence as front-line caretakers has increased dramatically since 1965. Research suggests that fathers spend three times as much time with their children now as they did in 1965. The success of the Feminist Movement and the changing economic climate in the US have led fathers, some out of necessity and some out of interest, to be more active and emotionally engaged in their children’s lives. At the same time, 25% of children grow up without a father in the house. In the context of this polarized picture, Dr. Ray Levy will discuss child outcomes and fathers’ attitudes about the birth of their children. From his work at The Fatherhood Project at MGH, Dr. Levy will share lessons learned on incorporating father friendly practices in medical services to encourage early father involvement and the development of programs for fathers in recovery and teen dads. More info & registration

Jane Doe Inc. Day of Action

Monday, 3/26/2018, 9:30a-11:30a, Massachusetts State House, Great Hall

Every year sexual and domestic violence advocates, survivors, and allies come together at the State House to advocate with and on behalf of survivors to affect social change and end gender-based violence. We invite you to join us for the JDI Day of Action to #SupportSurvivors as we bring a strong message to our elected officials that we need responsive policies and adequate state funding for community-based sexual and domestic violence services. More info & RSVP

Social Work Symposium 2018: On The Front Lines

Thursday – Friday, 4/12-13/2018, Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center

Join NASW-MA On the Front Lines for Symposium 2018, the largest gathering of social workers in New England. Symposium 2018 will gather more than 1,000 attendees, exhibitors, presenters, and volunteers over two days (April 12-13, 2018) in Framingham, MA for CEUs, workshops, free networking events, an exposition, and more. More information and registration here

Lessons from Practice and Research About the Changing Roles and Needs of Fathers of Infants and Young Children

Friday, 3/16/2018, 9a-11:30a, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Waltham, MA

Fathers used to be known as “the forgotten parent” but their presence as front-line caretakers has increased dramatically since 1965. Research suggests that fathers spend three times as much time with their children now as they did in 1965. The success of the Feminist Movement and the changing economic climate in the US have led fathers, some out of necessity and some out of interest, to be more active and emotionally engaged in their children’s lives. At the same time, 25% of children grow up without a father in the house. In the context of this polarized picture, Dr. Ray Levy will discuss child outcomes and fathers’ attitudes about the birth of their children. From his work at The Fatherhood Project at MGH, Dr. Levy will share lessons learned on incorporating father friendly practices in medical services to encourage early father involvement and the development of programs for fathers in recovery and teen dads. More info & registration

~ Ongoing Events / Resources ~

MA Legislative Hearings & Events

Check out https://malegislature.gov/Events for the latest public Commonwealth policy-making sessions that you can attend as a civic-minded individual!

Free Bilingual Playgroup

When: Monday–Friday from either 9:30 – 11:30 AM10:30 AM – 12:00 PM12:30 – 2:30 PM, or 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Either the Mission Hill K-8 School, 20 Child Street, or the Early Learning Center West, 200 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain

What: There is a free Jamaica Plain based playgroup in English and Spanish for children ages 1-5 years old. Each playgroup is 2 hours long, and parents should bring their children once a week. The playgroup takes place in a classroom setting and the goal is preparation for kindergarten. Each playgroup includes free play, circle time, snack time, and a gross motor/sensory activity. Parents are responsible for providing their own snacks. This is also an opportunity for parents to become familiar with Boston Public Schools and to meet other BPS parents. Open enrollment – register today. More Info: Please contact Silvia at 617-821-3959 or at srodriguez4@bostonpublicschools.org

Playgroups at Josephine Fiorentino Community Center 

What: Allston/Brighton Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts offers free playgroups for children ages 2 – 4, their younger siblings, and parents.
When: Wednesdays – please contact: Elayne Baskin at 857-220-2641
Thursdays – bilingual (Spanish) please contact: Sylvia Toruno at 857-220-2629.

Housing Search Workshop

When: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 60 Temple Place, Floor 5, Boston, MA 02111

What: This workshop offers information and answers about how to conduct a successful housing search, including learning how to communicate with housing authorities, agencies, and landlords.

More Info: Call 617-338-6665 or visit the website http://bostoncil.org/contact/ for any questions

Immigration Consultants with Volunteer Attorneys

When: The first and third Wednesdays of every month from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Boston City Hall, Room 806

What: These consultations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call at least 1 week in advance for interpretations other than Spanish and/or disability accommodations.
More Info: Please call 617-635-2980 or visit Boston’s City Calendar here.

Community Housing Clinic

When: Every Thursday 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Department of Neighborhood Development, 26 Court Street Boston, MA 02108

What: The Office of Housing Stability’s Community Housing Clinic is a tremendous resource for residents — tenants and landlords — to talk one-on-one with a housing professional about landlord-tenant laws, learn how to access affordable housing opportunities and discover housing resources available to landlords and tenants. Tenants can learn about their rights if their building is sold, their rents are rising or they’re facing eviction. Landlords can get information on enforcing lease provisions, cost-effective resources to resolve disputes and programs to support home repairs and maintenance. More Info: Please call 617-635-4200 or email Lydia.edwards@boston.gov

Trauma Education Program “Can we talk?” Monthly Meeting

When: The last Thursday of every month. Dinner offered at 6:00 PM and then moving into the stories and sharing at 6:45 PM.
Where: Roxbury Presbyterian Church, 328 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119

What: This is for everyone who is struggling with loss, trauma, and/or grief. Program offers a safe space and connection within community.  There is no charge and it begins with dinner. There is NO requirement to share, but if someone chooses to share, they can speak for 3-5 minutes. Program also includes artistic expression throughout the evening with music and dance.
More info: Childcare available. For more information, contact Colleen Sharka, LMHC, colleensharka@rpcsic.org or call the church: 617-445-2116

T³ – Ensuring Effective Customer Interactions in Human Services

How staff members at human services agencies interact with their customers (or clients) can have a huge impact on service utilization. Though many of us think of customer service as an important aspect of the hospitality or retail fields, it is equally important for human service agency staff on all levels to provide excellent customer service. Through this bundle, participants will explore the benefits and challenges of providing excellent customer services, understand how burnout and vicarious trauma impact one’s ability in providing great care, and how as a team we can work together to ensure that each customer or client who walks through our doors has a positive experience.

Location: Online

To register, click here

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