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What a month! Voted fan favorite on Shared Nation, highlighted in an amazing story on NPR, and witnessing the formation of beautiful friendships as community members stick together through thick and thin. This is a great time to be part of the THRIVE Community! 

Kim Yeasir
Chief Empowerment Officer

Upcoming Events: Always room for one more

  • THIS SATURDAY (9/29): Experiential Diversity - Building Skills to Address Harm from Oppression, 8:30am-Noon in Lowell, MA RSVP here 
  • October 18 & 19: Circles of Support and Accountability Training in Chelmsford, MA RSVP here.
  • October 27: Stride for Our Neighbors in Lowell, MA. A collaborative walk with area non-profits raising funds and awareness for local efforts. Will you support THRIVE Communities on this walk? Register Here.
  • December 10: Circle Up Lowell A documentary film screening and community conversation about restorative practices. Click here to learn more and reserve your ticket today.
News
If you missed it on the radio, catch the story of an amazing man and gain a brief glance into one of our CoSA teams.  Thank you Fred for inviting THRIVE along on this journey and for choosing to share it.
Listen to WGBH Online:     Parts 1-3          Part 4         
If you want to listen to more exoneration stories, check out the MASS EXONERATION Pod Cast.
Last month we invited you to join the Giving Circle app Shared Nation and vote for THRIVE Communities to win over $6,000. With 63 inspiring organizations competing, people from all around the country voted to support the mission of THRIVE Communities! It is truly an honor and a huge affirmation to receive the endorsement of the Shared Nation. Thank you for your support!

Action Opportunities

You don't have to know all the things to do something meaningful in your community. Change happens one person at a time taking one step at a time. Just as you are, you can make a difference.

If you listened to the story on NPR and want to know what you can do, here are a few options to consider:
  • Share your thoughts with Attorney General Maura Healey as she consider's compensation from the Commonwealth for wrongfully convicted people. You are welcome to write to her directly at ago@state.ma.us.
  • Attend Wrongful Conviction Day on Tuesday (10/2) to get more information about steps you can take. All three of the innocence organizations that do this work in MA – CPCS Innocence Program, the New England Innocence Project, and the Boston College Innocence Program – will be there. This is an important way to learn more about the many areas of reform still needed.
  • Join a COSA team! Roughly 2,500 people return to community from MA Department of Corrections each year, and thousands more return from our county jails. New Circles of Support and Accountability (COSAs) are forming for returning neighbors in Lowell, Lawrence and Worcester. Our COSA teams provide support and accountability for our neighbors during this difficult transition. Are you ready to join a team?  Learn more HERE
  • THRIVE Communities participates in the Restorative Justice Coalition of Massachusetts. If you are interested in helping to promote Restorative Practices at the state level, we would love your help! E-mail Kim Yeasir for more information
Thank you for the many ways you contribute to and shape our mission. You make THRIVE Communities possible. Click to give online via our fiscal sponsor: Communities for Restorative Justice.


THRIVE Communities Massachusetts
175 Cabot St., Suite 100
Lowell, Ma 01845
617-642-4553
www.ThriveMA.org

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