This is Our Home: Tackling Rural Solid Waste Issues in Puerto Rico

IMG_0493As the snow storm winds down here in Central MA, we thought it appropriate to share a video made recently about the clean-up efforts RCAP is spearheading in Puerto Rico. This video shows the tremendous support shown by the community, resulting in over 400 volunteers coming together in the poor, rural barrio of Manzanillo, to clean a beach destroyed by illegal dumping. Our second annual clean-up will take place in just a few weeks in Guayabal, a similar area just a few miles away.

https://vimeo.com/143277565

Click here for more detailed information about the cleanup including before and after photos:  http://www.rcapsolutions.org/rcap-solutions-changes-lives-and-perceptions-in-a-rural-puerto-rican-community/

2015 Annual Report

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Dear friends:

We invite you to review our 2015 Annual Report:
“RCAP Solutions Works”.
 
We hope you enjoy our new shorter format, which tells our story in a more visual way, yet still includes compelling testimonials from our constituents showing the hard work and dedication our staff provides day in and day out to those we serve.

Click here to view in flip book virtual format

RCAP Solutions Annual Report 2015

As always, we appreciate your support of RCAP Solutions and welcome your feedback.

Wishing you all the best in 2016!

Happy Holidays!

RCAP Solutions will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 in celebration of Christmas.

We will be open Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM and will be closed Friday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

We wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and best wishes in 2016! Happy-Holidays

RCAP Partnering with USI Insurance Services

USI Worcester Location Sponsoring Fundraising Campaign to Support Domestic Violence Survivors

RCAP Solutions is pleased to announce a partnership with USI Insurance Services Worcester office as the Holiday Campaign Exclusive Sponsor, providing a matching challenge grant to help raise funds for SafeStep, a program which provides housing and supportive services to domestic violence survivors and their families throughout Central Massachusetts.

As the exclusive sponsor of RCAP Solutions’ Year End Giving Campaign, the Worcester office of USI will provide a financial match to all donations made during the month long campaign, with a goal of raising $10,000.

“We are so pleased that  our Worcester office can partner with RCAP Solution this Holiday Season to help raise funds for such an important cause”, stated Jeffrey J. Fox, USI Insurance Services National Human & Social Services Practice Leader for the USI New England region. “RCAP Solutions is an organization that we are glad to support and know that we can help make a difference in the lives of others.”

SafeStep’s mission is to provide support and opportunities to families of domestic violence survivors, helping them to successfully transition to permanent, stable living situations.

“We are so very appreciative of USI’s sponsorship of our holiday campaign”, stated Karen A. Koller, President & CEO. “Our clients often escape their abusers with nothing but the clothes on their back. Every donation, no matter the amount, helps us to provide these families with the essential necessities, support, and a safe and furnished place they can call home. Everything provided to the families is theirs to keep once they graduate from the program in order to create a new and stable life.”

RCAP Solutions is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible.  The giving campaign to support SafeStep families runs throughout the month of December.

 

About RCAP Solutions, Inc.

RCAP Solutions has been helping people throughout central Massachusetts with a wide range of housing and supportive services since 1969. Our mission is to foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live. RCAP Solutions is the Worcester County affiliate of The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts and the Northeast affiliate to the national RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Partnership) Network. For more information, please visit www.rcapsolutions.org.

 

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USI is a top 10 insurance brokerage and consulting firm, delivering property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk and retirement solutions throughout the United States. Headquartered in Valhalla, New York, USI has over $1.0 billion in revenue, more than 4,400 professionals and operates out of nearly 140 local offices serving every state. USI has become a premier middle market insurance brokerage firm by leveraging the USI ONE Advantage®, an interactive platform that integrates proprietary analytics, networked resources and enterprise planning to deliver customized solutions with positive, bottom line impact. The value of USI, and our ability to attract best-in-class industry talent while delivering superior solutions and services to our clients and our communities, is achieved through the collaboration and expertise of our local teams. For more information visit usi.biz.

 

#GivingTuesday is Today!

 

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Today, we kick off our year-end campaign to support survivors of domestic violence.

SafeStep families often escape their abusers with nothing to call their own. Your donation will mean more families will be provided with essential items and furnished homes when they enter the SafeStep program. Learn more about SafeStep.

Please click here to help families in need.

Finally, help us spread the word by taking the #SafeStepForward Challenge. Tell your friends that you support SafeStep families on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #SafeStepForward.

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Jessica lived a life that many only dreamed of. She attended college, was financially successful and about to marry the man of her dreams. After the wedding, Jessica soon realized her husband was not who he seemed to be. He cut off her access to their finances and isolated her from friends and family. The abuse started with her husband verbally belittling her in front of their child. Things quickly escalated and Jessica became fearful of her husband who began to physically abuse her. Read More

#GivingTuesday is today, December 1, 2015. Please give to RCAP Solutions today so families like Jessica’s can rebuild their lives free of domestic violence.

Our Mission: To foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy-ThanksgivingIn this time of gratitude, we give thanks to you. 

We are always happy when Thanksgiving approaches. This festive occasion gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude to all those we have worked with and have had a fruitful association. As we come to the end of our 46th anniversary of service to the community, we say thank you to those who support RCAP Solutions and help us to improve the lives of others. We wish you a joyful and abundant Thanksgiving.

Please note: RCAP Solutions will be closed starting at noon on Wednesday, November 25 and will reopen on Monday, November 30.

Warm Hands Warm Hearts

heart_snow_arms_mittens_11095_1680x1050RCAP Solutions is collecting hats, mittens, gloves and scarves throughout the month of November for families in need.

Your generous donation will provide local children and families in our SafeStep domestic violence housing program with a little extra warmth this holiday season.

Donated items can be handmade or purchased.

All items will be distributed to local families in early December.

For more information, contact Emily Farrand, Chief Human Resources Officer, 978-630-6647, efarrand@rcapsolutions.org.

 

Items can be donated at the following locations:

Gardner Office: 205 School Street, Gardner, MA (4th Floor)

Worcester Office: 12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA (2nd Floor)

Property Manager Office at any of our properties:

Atwood Acres: 66 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA

Bolton Country Manor: 600 Main St., Bolton, MA

Cottage Street Apartments: 198 Harrington St., B5, Athol, MA

Groton Commons: 74 Willowdale Road, Groton, MA

Hapgood Apartments: 25 Cheney Street, Athol, MA

Hubbardston House Apartments: 1 Old Princeton Road Cut-Off, Hubbardston, MA

New Horizons Apartments: 20 Benson Ave., Worcester, MA

Rockdale House Apartments: 63 School St., Northbridge, MA

Slater Estates: 96 Slater Street, Webster, MA

Townsend Woods: 70 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA

Take the #SafeStepForward Challenge

#SAFESTEPFORWARDWe Believe in a Better Future

Providing Safety and Stability for Domestic Violence Survivors and their Children, through Housing and Case Management

 

 

Take the #SafeStepForward Challenge today!

This initiative will help us provide our families with the essential items they need to start a life free from domestic abuse.It costs approximately $2,000 to furnish a SafeStep home. We are looking to raise at least $5,000 to support these families.

A $25 donation could give a child in the SafeStep program hats, mittens and scarves that would keep them warm throughout the cold New England winter or a $50 donation could provide a SafeStep mom with a monthly bus pass to get to her job. Any donation amount gives the essential items families need while transitioning into healthy homes at the end of the two year program.

DonateAfterTweet EditedSSF you accept our challenge to donate, go to Facebook and Twitter and post about your contribution using the hashtag: #SafeStepForward . Monetary donations can be made through our website. Make your donation now, click the “Donate” button to visit our donate page.

Items NeededPurchase items needed for survivors and bring them to our headquarters at 12 East Worcester Street in Worcester, MA or to our corporate offices located at 205 School Street in Gardner, MA. We can also pick up  donations, just call 978-630-6714 to schedule a pick-up time. Click the “Items Needed” button to see a list of items needed.

 

2000px-Recycle001.svgDonate electronic waste that will be recycled through Planet Green Recycle. A box of 20 electronics for recycling translates to $50 dollars that will help a SafeStep family. Drop-off e-waste at our recycling boxes at headquarters at 12 East Worcester Street in Worcester, MA or at our corporate offices at 205 School Street in Gardner, MA. *This recycling event will continue after the #SafeStepForward challenge.

 

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Conveniently donate to our program while shopping on AmazonSmile, just select RCAP Solutions as your non-profit and .5% of your purchase cost will go to RCAP Solutions programs.

 

 

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Finally, don’t forget to tell everyone you made a difference! After you donate, post it to your Facebook and Twitter pages using our #SafeStepForward post.

“I helped a local family take a #SafeStepForward by donating $          to RCAP Solutions!

 

About SafeStep

This year, SafeStep provided twenty-four adults and forty-seven children with safe homes. These families entered our program in search of a new beginningSafestep 4, fleeing their partner and the physical and emotional abuse inflicted upon them.

SafeStep is a transitional housing program that helps survivors build stable lives through counseling, education, and employment. Our case managers work with each family providing them with the tools they need to succeed. Our families, who are referred from homeless shelters throughout the area often flee their abusers with little or nothing to call their own. With your help, we can provide them with the tools needed to take a safe step forward and build a stable and better life.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM-with-Purple-RibbonRCAP Solutions is one of only a small number of agencies in the Commonwealth that administers the SafeStep program, offering housing and case management for families that have survived domestic violence.  This 24-month scattered site transitional program, provides families with safe, temporary housing and the opportunity to learn the life and financial skills necessary to create a new and healthy life with their families. For more on the SafeStep program, please click here.

As part of an initiative to increase community awareness about domestic violence, we will be participating in the WYCA‘s ceremony proclaiming Domestic Violence Awareness Month, followed by a free community fair, featuring local agencies that provide opportunites for local families, with a focus on domestic violence services and low income household needs. We invite you to join us at this important community event.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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YWCA, 1 Salem Square, Worcester

For more information, please review the Community Fair Flyer