Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Awarded $10,000 Grant from Foundation for MetroWest 

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Awarded $10,000 Grant from Foundation for MetroWest 


January 7, 2020

Contact: Michelle Hillman 

508-270-1254 (work) 

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Wayside Youth Family Support Network Awarded $10,000 Grant from Foundation for MetroWest 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Wayside Youth & Family Support Network recently received a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest. Wayside will use the grant to continue its data collection and measurement project and increase its in-house capacity to customize data.  

Wayside installed a new Electronic Medical Records (EMR) last year and is training staff to create and utilize reports that gives the human service nonprofit the ability to measure outcomes and client progress using technology, evaluation and reporting.  

“We are thrilled to support Wayside’s work as they focus on providing high quality support services to residents across MetroWest,” said Caroline Murphy, director of programs at Foundation for MetroWest. “We are encouraged by their interest in utilizing data not only to make sure everyone in our communities is receiving the care they need, but also to strengthen their organization. It’s a win-win!” 

“We are thankful to Foundation for MetroWest for supporting our efforts to utilize technology and gain insight by analyzing data about our service delivery and satisfaction of the youth and families we serve,” said Eric Masi, chief executive officer of Wayside. “We are able to track treatment progress and produce accurate reports that aid us in decision-making about the service types that clients benefit from most.” 

Wayside’s EMR software collects important information about its population, such as age, diagnosis, length of service, program site and clinician. In addition to using the software to capture outcomes data, Wayside will explore ways to better obtain feedback from clients and families who receive services in real time. 

This funding will enhance our in-house capacity to analyze the data we already collect from our EMR to better sustain our work and fulfill our mission, said Betsy Reid, the vice president of clinical quality and young adult services who is overseeing the implementation of the EMR project. Data is extremely valuable as we continue to look for ways to gain insight into best practices, elevate our work and articulate our successes.” 

About Wayside Youth & Family Support Network: Founded in 1977, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is a non-profit, nationally accredited human services agency headquartered in Framingham, Mass. dedicated to building strength, hope and resiliency through its family-based outreach services, residential treatment programs, and community-based counseling services to thousands of children, youth and families throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts. To learn more about Wayside, please visit www.waysideyouth.org or follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn. 

About Foundation for MetroWest: Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $18 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $25 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.  To learn more, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org or call 508-647-2260. 





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