Wrapping Up DIAL/SELF Teen Housing Northampton
February 8, 2020
Interior of Program Area, Teen Housing Northampton

Architects Participate in "Day-of-Service"
October 21, 2019
Picture of architects who participated in the day of service

Volunteers this year built ramps for easier access to cold storage, helped insulate the main water service for the upcoming winter months , and re-built a door for secure bicycle storage.  Kudos to Molly Clark and Micaela Goodrich for joining the efforts!  Half of the volunteers were from JWA!

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Granby Public Schools Sees Increase in Enrollment
September 30, 2019
Photo of front of East Meadow Elementry School with flowers in foreground.

Superintendent Sheryl Stanton attributed the increase in enrollment to the new East Meadow building. Read more about how Granby is "bucking the trend of declining enrollment", in this Daily Hampshire Gazette article.

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Margo Jones Places 1st in Age Group and Kristian Whitsett Places 3rd in Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon
August 4, 2019
Picture of Margo and Kristina just after race

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Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication
June 13, 2019
Front view of the new habitat for humanity home

The new 672 sq. ft. home was constructed with volunteer labor (JWA staff even spent a day pounding nails), sports a impressive roof-top solar aray, and furthers Northampton's mission to provide affordable housing.

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Work at DIAL/SELF's Northampton Teen Housing Project Progressing Quickly
April 2, 2019
Rendering of the new Teen Housing Project

The week prior saw the majority of the framing go up (check out their time-lapse video in the link below), as well as a $10,000 donation to the project by Greenfield Savings Bank. See link to article below for more details. Congratualtions to Phil and all the others in making this important community resource a reality.

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Holyoke School Committee & City Council Meet on Funding Middle Schools Project
February 26, 2019
High end rendering of the Chestnut Middle School

This was the first of several meetings to work out how the schools will be paid for. Todays Mass Live article provides a snapshot of the various players involved, and their positions on the future of the project.

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Gardner School Committee Approves Land Acquisition for New Elementary School
January 10, 2019
Site Plan drawing of proposed new elementary school

The preferred option is to build a new elementary school at the location for students preschool through grade four. While the City works on acquiring the land, the Massachusetts School Building Authority will be reviewing the project for State funding. For further details on the vote and the proposed project, see the linked article from The Gardner News.

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Greenfield's New Parking Garage Opened Today
November 9, 2018
Margo Jones with scissors just about to cut the ribbon.

After cutting the ceremonial red ribbon, State and local officials gathered on the Garage's top deck, where Ms. Jones and several others spoke briefly about the garage and its significance for the Greenfield community.

For further information on the ceremony, please see today's Recorder article:

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Community Input on Holyoke's Two New Public Middle Schools
October 22, 2018
JWA Team at table with community members

Neighbors, parents and students explored the proposed floor plans, site plans and design principles and shared their hopes and dreams for these important new community facilities.  The City is expected to vote on a debt exclusion plan to fund the schools in late April 2019.  For more information, email

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