Mar 22 2012
Sasha’s story: “Why human services matter to me”
Posted by: Kevin B. Gilnack, Campaign Manager
Sasha Zayas, a member of The Caring Force, shared a powerful message and call-to-action with fellow members this afternoon, which I want to share with you below.
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My name is Sasha Zayas, and I am a proud housing support worker at Bay Cove Human Services -- and a member of The Caring Force.
My position at Bay Cove reflects my personal mission: to help erase the stigma and insecurities that our residents endure. As the older sister of a young man who was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, this mission also hits home for me.
I believe in changing lives, something that my agency fosters through every single one of our clients. I know you believe in it too, Kevin. Yet many of our services and workers face challenges in the upcoming budget.
That's why The Caring Force is fighting for recognition and increased legislative support for our programs. We must alert Massachusetts officials to the needs of our sector, so we can continue our critical work across the Commonwealth.
I'm proud to add my voice in support of The Caring Force's State House Rally on April 2nd. Will you add yours and join me on Beacon Hill?
I write this letter not only as an employee, but also as an individual who would like to see our communities embrace those with mental health issues or developmental disabilities.
I hope that this story resonates with you, and that it inspires you to tell your own story. It's so important that each and every one of us speak out in a loud, unified voice to support fair funding for human service programs and wages for workers.
Can you join us at The Caring Force's State House Rally on April 2?
Please join me in fighting to restore our funding for human services agencies and help us give our families and residents the support they need.
Proud Member of The Caring Force
P.S. If you haven't seen our Women's Day tribute, you can view and share it with others on The Caring Force Facebook page.