Southeastern Massachusetts-based nonprofit Father Bill’s & MainSpring will open its latest housing development at 695 North Main St. in Brockton early this summer. The development on the formerly vacant property includes Jack’s Place, a 20-unit building, and Patti’s House, a two-family dwelling, named after Jack and Patricia Conway, part-founders of the organization. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and various private organizations, the $4 million project will offer housing to homeless veterans and other homeless chosen through a lottery system, said president and executive officer John Yazwinski. All utilities are included in the rent, which, as part of a state subsidy program, will cost the tenant 30 percent of his or her income. Educational programs will be held to help tenants with job training and readiness, he said. The units will open for occupancy in July.
The VA Boston Healthcare System has constructed a park for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients at its Brockton campus to help engage residents, reduce anxiety, and provide a more homelike environment. The fenced-in area is designed for people who “wander,” or can become disoriented even in familiar places, a condition that affects some 60 percent of people with dementia. The park includes benches, flowers, and shaded areas. Spokesman Don Veitch said that before the project began six months ago the space had been an unused grassy area. The park is open to any residing veterans or by appointment with the VA.
The Scituate Education Foundation is now accepting donations as a certified nonprofit organization with a broad focus to support schools and educational organizations around town. The group will begin to offer support to any educationally centered applicant in March 2017 . Spokeswoman Gabrielle Dorsey said the organization will support proposals in all fields of study, from math to music, if the project is unique and promotes critical thinking skills. Those who donate $100 or more between now and Aug. 31 will be officially considered founding members. Dorsey said the group hopes to raise $65,000 before it launches next year.
Health and Home Care Training of New England has opened on the corner of Main and East Elm streets in Brockton. Director Paul Protentis said the center offers courses in home health aid, medication administration, CPR, and first aid, each varying in cost and length. He said when students complete a program, they must pass a standardized exam and demonstration of skills to receive state certification. Home health aid and medication administration courses run monthly; CPR and first aid courses are offered weekly. By mid-summer, Protentis said, the center plans to offer certified nursing assistant training. For more information or to register, call 508-846-2387, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.healthandhomecarene.com.Bret Hauff can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him @b_hauff.