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JAS YouthBuild wins an award at The Furniture Trust’s Eco-Carpentry Challenge!

On Thursday, May 4, JAS’s YouthBuild students won the Best in Class, Small Shop award at the 7th Annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge, sponsored by The Furniture Trust! The Eco-Carpentry Challenge showcases projects designed and built by local high school students using recycled furniture. The goal of the annual Challenge is to educate students and teachers about
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JAS hosting free tax preparation site

FREE Tax Preparation! Did you work and earn less than $54,000 in 2016?                                                                                    
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JAS’s Work Featured in Boston Globe

The Boston Globe featured Just-A-Start’s efforts to save a piece of Cambridge history while we rebuild to preserve the affordable housing destroyed in December’s fire. To read more click here.
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JAS Elects New Board Members

JAS’s Board of Directors approved four new members at its December 2016 meeting! We are excited to welcome them to the JAS team. Here is a little background on them: Barbara Aiken Barbara lived in Cambridge for 46 years, and has been retired from a career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2002. Her connection to
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Call for Volunteers: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Volunteer Opportunity: Just-A-Start Corporation is looking for volunteers to assist with a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Preparers will become certified through the IRS to prepare tax returns for low and moderate income families. Our site will operate at 402 Rindge Ave, preparing returns for Just-A-Start residents and training program students, as well as
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Update on Fire Response and Relief Efforts

All of us at Just-A-Start are very grateful to everyone who reached out and provided support to the individuals and families who lost their homes in last week’s fire. The collaborative response to the fire on Berkshire and York Streets from the City of Cambridge, partner agencies, and the greater Cambridge community has been astounding.
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Cambridge Fire and JAS on WBUR

Yesterday, Deborah Ruhe, our Executive director, was interviewed by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti about the fire on December 3rd, its impact on our residents and the East Cambridge community, and housing affordability in the neighborhood. Listen to the conversation here: http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2016/12/08/housing-cambridge-fire
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Berkshire and York Streets Fire

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, a 10-alarm fire raged through the Berkshire and York Streets neighborhood in East Cambridge. Among the buildings that sustained significant damage was St. Patrick’s Place at 50 and 40 York Street, owned by Just-A-Start (JAS), home to over 50 individuals and families living in the affordable apartments in the former
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