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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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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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