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Testifying for Workforce Development Funding

On June 21st, over 15 Somerville Community Corporation members attended the City’s public budget hearing at City Hall to support funding for workforce development and job training programs like First Source. Five of our members testified in front of a full room, inspiring another speaker later to comment and support our cause before beginning her own testimony.

Member Silvana touched upon the experiences of starting life over again after immigrating to the United States. In their testimonies, Brian and Raymundo echoed Silvana’s hopes that others could benefit from the First Source Program like they did. 

Let’s Build on Success

Van Hardy, SCC’s board president, said that he believes the city has ignored recommendations from the Somerville Jobs Advisory Committee. To finish off the series of testimonies from SCC, Deputy Director Meridith Levy highlighted how First Source had place more than 170 people in jobs. SCC’s presence was known, not only by our words, but also with our row of blue shirts emblazoned with the organization’s logo.

The next steps for Jobs for Somerville (and you may want to get involved) will be to follow up with the Somerville Board of Aldermen about opportunities for future workforce development programs.

If you are interested in getting in touch with us about sending a letter to your alderman, please contact Karen Narefsky at, 776.5931 ext. 230 or René Mardones at, 617.776.5931 ext. 226.

And join us in the next Jobs for Somerville Committee meeting on July 13th.

Learn the story of SCC - watch the mini documentary:

Members of the community in Somerville, MA come together for an illuminated walk to bring attention to gentrification and housing affordability in East Somerville. Produced in collaboration with the Somerville Community Corporation and Mister Francis. Written, directed, and edited by Andrew Eldridge. Produced by Elizabeth Eldridge, Andrew Eldridge.

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Somerville sits on the original homelands of the Massachusett, Wampanoag, Naumkeag, and Nipmuc tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we live and work.

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