Success Stories

MASSCAP and the entire network are working hard every day to help individuals, families, and communities.  We are happy to share stories from around the state. We are honored to have been a part in creating opportunity and changing lives for so many.

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Vital Supports for New and First-Time Parent Create Opportunities

When Tianna found herself pregnant at just 17 years of age, her school nurse referred her to Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County program. 

Head Start Gave Jennifer a Head Start – and now Jennifer gives back!

Jennifer was only 3 when she entered a Head Start program in her native Los Angeles, CA, but she remembers a big, bright classroom, with a dinosaur bookshelf, and a big round table.

Early Head Start at LEO Accelerates Development and Instills Hope

Imagine how alone and scared Sonia felt when she learned her youngest son, Luis (1 yr), had cerebral palsy. She immediately got early intervention services from Aspire for her one year old, and Aspire pointed her to Early Head Start (EHS) home visits.

A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT – LIHEAP there when single mom needed it most

Thank you Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) for notifying me of your upcoming fuel assistance (LIHEAP) deadline, but I am happy to inform your agency that I will no longer be needing fuel assistance. 

Client Turned Donor CTI

Kevin was once a struggling teen parent. As a single father, Kevin was able to enroll his little girl in the Community Teamwork (CTI) Head Start Program while he worked on finishing his education.

Senior Companion Program Increasing Independence

“I just don’t know what I would do without this program”.  This is what seniors say about the Senior Companion Program run by the Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) in Holyoke.  

Chelsea Mobile Outreach Team Fights Addiction

After receiving a Winnisimmet Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC) Grant through a sub-contract with the City of Chelsea, Community Action Programs Inter-City Inc.

It All Started with Head Start

In 2012, Jeanny was pregnant, living in a shelter with her two children.  Months before, the children’s father was sentenced for a crime and sent to jail. 

Paying It Forward

A single mom of three transplanted to Worcester after a divorce, Winnie’s first interaction with Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) came through computer classes designed to improve skills and enhance employment opportunities… that led to other programs and services – and eventually a 13 year stint as a member of WCAC’s Board of Directors.

WorkSMART Helping Youth Get Ahead

At age 14, Jaden wanted a job. He is the oldest in a single-parent family with two younger sisters, ages 11 and 5.

HiSET Program Provides Opportunity

Holly passed the HiSet high school equivalency exam in October after attending HiSet classes for three years at the Adult Learning Center at Community Action Inc in Haverhill.