- High turnover that harms the care of the individuals they serve.
- Wasting critical resources on temporary agency staff.
- Wages have fallen behind other organizations providing the same services; it's time for Fidelity House to pay a living wage.
MVP's annual Ad Book campaign is off to a promising start. So far we've received contributions totaling $5,050 and pledges of an additional $3,300. Our goal is $50,000. Many thanks to those who have given so far:
John Ceruli - Kyocera
Holy Family Hospital
InterValley Project (IVP)
In Memory of Cilla & Dick
Mary Driscoll & Luke Hill
Christ Church United in Lowell
Comeau Funeral Home
H. L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes
McGonagle Contingency Staffing Inc.
James & Joseph Cleary, Attorneys at Law
Pizzazze Hair Salon
Click on this link to make your contribution today.
We're halfway there. The Massachusetts state senate passed the paid family and medical leave program last Saturday. The bill requires employers to offer employees up to 16 weeks of paid leave for family care and up to 26 weeks for temporary disability leave. Employees would be eligible for such benefits after 1,250 hours of service, the current federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) standard.
Setback for Safe Driving Campaign
Addressing the Twin Crises of Opiate Addiction & Mass Incarceration
Over the last five months a team of MVP leaders from our newly-formed Addiction & Criminal Justice committee have conducted nearly 30 research actions all across the Valley with law enforcement, public health, legal, treatment and recovery professionals, as well as with substance abusers, ex-offenders and those in recovery to figure out how MVP can take action to address the twin crises of opiate addiction and mass incarceration in our communities.
In the coming months we'll have more information as we begin to take action. If you---or your congregation, union or community group---want to know more or to participate, contact MVP organizer Leena Mathew at
978-686-0650 or 413-977-8518.
At the end of July, MVP said good-bye and thank-you to MVP organizer Emily Bloch. Emily is taking a job with Cosecha, a national movement organizing for "permanent protection, dignity and respect for our undocumented immigrant community".
During her two years with MVP, Emily took the lead in organizing to rebuild our Haverhill chapter and had primary responsibility for working with MVP's immigrant justice committee, as well as our Lawrence area chapter. Emily's organizing helped lead to passage of the Lawrence Trust Act, and to the strong support for the Safe Driving Act from Mayor Rivera and the Lawrence City Council. She also spearheaded the effort that led to the June 5 actions that mobilized hundreds of immigrants and allies across the Valley and the state in support of dignity, respect and drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts.