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LSC’s Class of 2018 is meeting on Wednesday, April 11 for its monthly session focused on “Basic Needs.” The session is intended to deepen class members’ understanding of the multi-faceted issues of poverty and homelessness. Through discussion and activities with local social service leaders and advocates, our group will explore the determinants, implications, resources and services, and common assumptions that lead to stigma and misconceptions.

If you’re interested in attending one of the drop-in sessions listed below, contact Jennifer Downing to reserve your seat. Just two slots are available for each session this month. Registration is required and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Session 1: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Discussions and facility tour at PAACA, New Bedford

PAACA provides substance abuse prevention and treatment services including detox referrals, support groups and peer counseling, youth services, case management, housing programs, transportation services, educational programming and training, and food/clothing assistance.

  • The Climate of Education and Access to Jobs for At-Risk, Out-of-School Youth with Terri Belliveau, Youth Services Director, Jared Booker, Out of School Education Provider, and local youth
  • Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery: Barriers and Enhancements to Success with Jamie Casey, Adult Service Director and PAACA clients


Session 2: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tour of Sister Rose House, New Bedford 

Managed by Catholic Social Services, Sister Rose’s House is an emergency shelter for men staffed 24 hours a day. The program offers a wide range of supportive services including, assessment, job skills training, budgeting information, and access to mental health and other needed services. The goal of Sr. Rose House is to help clients to gain long term sustainability while working on the current issues that lead to their homelessness.

  • Talk and Tour with Raymond Duarte, Program Manager


Session 3: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Discussions and Tour at Steppingstone and First Step Inn, Fall River

Steppingstone Incorporated’s mission is to strengthen quality of life among individuals and families of the community through providing comprehensive client-center programs and services that enhance well-being and promote independence. Programs and services include: residential treatment, out-patient treatment, housing for homeless, and peer recovery support. The First Step Inn is a program providing safe shelter and daily nutritional meals to 20 homeless persons in the City of Fall River daily. Case Management services provided connect guests to housing, employment, entitlements, behavioral health, and an array of other services. These services, provided in a safe, comfortable environment, help homeless persons become housed in stable, permanent housing.

  • Power and Privilege: Breaking Down Stigma and Challenging Perception with Rosa Medeiros, Program Director of Stone Residence and First Step Inn Programs
  • Understanding the Landscape: Determinants of Homelessness and Needs for Survival with Kathleen Schedler-Clark, Executive Director of Steppingstone Incorporated, Rosa Medeiros, and community members


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