Leo’s Letter: Advancing Community Inclusion from the Berkshires to Boston

Last week, Tim Franchere got to pose with his state senator, Adam Hinds, in the local news.  Tim was recognized for his achievements, including his job at a store and volunteer work at the local Meals on Wheels program.  Anthony Tanner was recognized, too, but not only for his stellar employment history.  Anthony’s growth as an employee has spilled over to his personal life, where he has realized with some coaching that he can be more independent in his apartment, too, helping to prepare his own and community meals.

The setting for this night of recognition was a celebration at Berkshire County Arc, with hundreds of people attending to hear several more stories of growth and achievement.

These events, whether in Boston or Pittsfield, make a difference in educating our community. Rep. Trisha Farley-Bouvier summed it up best, talking about last week’s annual meeting at The Arc in Berkshire County

One of the reasons I come here every year is because I feel like I need constant reminders. And you help bring me energy, I soak it up, and bring it to the State House. When I am walking into the State House with my colleagues, we have a strong unified delegation when it comes to supporting families, supporting individuals, and supporting the workforce – and know that with this delegation, we have your back.






Leo V. Sarkissian
Executive Director

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