SMOC'S MISSION To improve the quality of life of low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families by advocating for their needs and rights; providing services; educating the community; building a community of support; participating in coalitions with other advocates and searching for new resources and partnerships.
SMOC's ESL program presented certificates to 24 students on March 27 in recognition of over 100 hours of English instruction during the winter of 2014.
The immigrants from 14 countries worked together for 12 weeks to improve their English communication skills in order to function in and contribute more to their new American community. SMOC's ESL students learn about finding success in the U.S., communicating at home, and making community connections. In this session, students with 8 different native languages focused on exploring American culture.
Bill Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award
SMOC's own Margaret Davitt was recognized by the MetroWest Advocacy Coalition when she received the 2014 Bill Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place on April 4th, 2014 at the 12th Annual Legislative Breakfast. Margaret has been with SMOC as a dedicated human service professional for 48 years. She is currently a member of the Common Ground Resource Center Team.
Pictured with Margaret (far right) are Senator Karen Spilka, Senator James Eldridge and SMOC Executive Director Jim Cuddy (left to right).
The Martin Luther King Jr. Business Empowerment Center becomes a part of SMOC
The Martin Luther King Jr. Business Empowerment Center founded in 1995 by Robert Thomas and a group of Worcester residents to provide a variety of services to minority owned and small businesses in the City of Worcester joined SMOC in April 2012 Read more+
SMOC celebrates opening of its new Triage/Assessment Center in Worcester
The dedication ceremony, attended by neighbors, partners and local and state officials, was held on Tuesday, May 14th at the 25 Queen Street, Worcester site. The $3.2M project, financed by Country Bank, the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Community Development and local foundations replaces the old 701 Main St. site (formerly known as the PIP Shelter). The triage and assessment approach is designed to swiftly transition the homeless into a coordinated system of supported housing and care. Pictured is Worcester City Manager Michael O'Brien addressing guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
SMOC celebrates the publishing of Building a Culture of Care: The Ongoing Saga of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council by Hugo "Holly" Hollerorth, EdD.
Pictured are the author with longtime SMOC staff members Susan Gentili and Darlene Assencoa-Mazurek.
Green Jobs Academy graduates it's 18th Weatherization Installer training class on June 6, 2013.
SMOC's Green Jobs Academy offers an opportunity for a career path in the growing field of weatherization and conservation for unemployed, underemployed and under-skilled individuals. Academy graduates are competent, skilled individuals who are equipped to provide weatherization services in the community by enhancing the existing weatherization contractor base.
SMOC announces Hoops and Homework partnership with the Town of Framingham
Hoops and Homework, an afterschool program for children in grades K-5 living in Precinct 17 is scheduled to start in May, 2013 Read more+
The 2013 Summer Jobs for Youth hosted 16 youth placed in 10 different paid internships both at SMOC and the UW Pearl St Cupboard and Café.
The program provided the youth with on-the-job training and a series of workforce development workshops aimed at enhancing their job readiness. Read more+
Former Framingham Police Chief, Steven Carl, was presented with SMOC's Community Partner of the Year award during SMOC's Annual Board Meeting on October 15th, 2013. The Community Partner Award is given each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the agency's ability to carry out its mission with particular reference to building community support and participating in advocacy around positive change. Congratulations Chief Carl!
Pictured above from left to right: Jerry Desilets, SMOC Director of Policy, Planning and Public Relations; Bruce Hulme, President, SMOC Board; Former Framingham Police Chief Steven Carl; Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson; and Jim Cuddy, SMOC Executive Director. Read more+