Representative Jack Lewis Visits Wayside!
On Wednesday, March 1st, Wayside Tempo Young Adult Resource Center and MetroWest Community Services had the pleasure of welcoming newly-elected Framingham and Ashland legislator, Representative Jack Lewis, for a tour and discussion with the program directors and a couple of young adults.
Representing a district comprised of nearly 40,000 individuals, in 2016 alone, over 700 Framingham and Ashland residents received nearly 1,000 clinical services from Wayside. An additional 251 vulnerable young adults found resources and support at Tempo, a one-stop-shop for young adults facing some of life's greatest challenges, from homelessness to substance abuse. In addition, they provided 25 young adults with safe, stable and affordable housing, 8 of which reside in apartments leased by Wayside.
The top service provided to Framingham and Ashland residents throughout the year was Outpatient Services (nearly 310 clients served), followed by Care Coordination and Residential Care.
At the conclusion of his visit, Representative Lewis said, "Thank you to the staff of Wayside for taking the time to discuss your important work in the community. As someone who has seen your life-enhancing, life-saving work firsthand, I am committed to advocating for the youth and families you serve."
Thank you to Representative Lewis for taking the time out of your busy schedule to discuss the critical policy issues affecting Wayside clients. Best of luck to you and your year ahead on Beacon Hill!
Pictured: Tempo young adult and Rep. Lewis touring Green House Graphics art studio, located in the Tempo basement.
Pictured: Jose, clinician, discussing his work with DCFs most challenging cases, and why he loves to work at Wayside where he can help children and families achieve "greater independence and emotional well-being."
Pictured: Tempo staff discussing their impact on the MetroWest community.
Pictured: Tempo young adults and staff discussing how they are affected by issues like access to healthcare, affordable housing and higher education.
Pictured: Rep. Lewis and Wayside President & CEO, Eric L. Masi, Ed.D.