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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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Join Shade Shelter Celebration in Chelsea Community Garden

On October 28th 10 am, Chelsea Community Garden celebrates JAS/YouthBuild Shade Shelter Ribbon Cutting. Everyone is welcome! Take time to congratulate and support our terrific youth workers from Chelsea. Check for more details at http://chelseacommunitygarden.weebly.com/shade-shelter-celebration.html
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Join us for Pathways to Paydays Event!

Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico, JAS’s Evaluation Manager, will be a panelist during Pathways to Paydays: Perspectives on the Future of Upward Employment Mobility in Boston. This event is on September 30th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and is sponsored by Deloitte Boston as a part of HUBWeek, a creative festival that celebrates innovation at the intersection
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JAS Celebrates 2016 YouthBuild Graduation

On August 25th, we celebrated the graduation of twelve young adults from the JAS YouthBuild program at an intimate ceremony at the Wyndham Hotel in Chelsea. Friends and family joined JAS staff to recognize the accomplishments of these young people earning their HiSET Certificate or High School Diploma. JAS Director of Education and Training, Gina Plata, opened
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Deborah Ruhe Featured on CCTV

JAS’s Executive Director, Deborah Ruhe, was featured on Cambridge Community Television’s (CCTV) Not for Nothin’ program with CCTV Executive Director, Susan Fleischmann. Deborah and Susan discuss JAS’s history, affordable housing in Cambridge, and where JAS is today after 48 years.
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Life Sciences Center awards $46K grant to Cambridge’s Just-A-Start

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded a $46,000 capital grant to Cambridge-based Just-A-Start to support the organization’s Biomedical Careers Program. The funds will be used to purchase a bioreactor, autoclave, and support tools including computer, camera, and monitor equipment and accessories. The grant also provides management and staff with training for using the new
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Just-A-Start Partners with The Art Connection to Display Artwork in the Biomedical Careers Program Offices and Classrooms

Just-A-Start is excited to be a recipient of artwork from The Art Connection, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching and empowering underserved communities by expanding access to original works of visual art. The artwork now hangs in our Biomedical Careers Program offices and classroom space at 1035 Cambridge Street. A group of former students and Just-A-Start
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Meet some of the Biomedical Career Program students

Every year, students from every kind of background apply to our Biomedical Careers Program. They join for all different reasons: to change careers, to improve their financial stability, to simply learn more. Meet some of them here.  
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Just-A-Start Corporation to Improve Property and Preserve Affordability for Working Families at Cambridge Housing Community with $30.1 Million in MassHousing Financing

273-unit Rindge Tower Apartments will have a workforce housing component for moderate income residents earning up to 95% of the area median income Just-A-Start Corporation announces another substantive accomplishment to serve working families living in Cambridge. Executive Director Deborah Ruhe notes that the 273-unit Rindge Tower Apartments in Cambridge will see extensive property improvements and
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