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SPRINGFIELD — Registration is still open for the 34th annual golf tournament to benefit the Children’s Study Home on Friday, Aug. 5 at the Country Club of Wilbraham. Registration and breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The day will conclude with a cocktail hour, dinner, speaker, awards, and raffles.

In supporting this year’s tournament, sponsors and participants will provide the opportunity for the Children’s Study Home to make much-needed improvements to the Mill Pond School.

The Mill Pond School is dedicated to helping students who experience social-emotional and/or behavioral issues as well as learning difficulties. The staff develop comprehensive, individualized education plans for each student. Students receive academic, therapeutic, and extracurricular services that help them achieve their identified goals and eventually gradate or move on to a new school placement better prepared to cope with and conquer the challenges they face.

“Through the 34th annual golf tournament, we are hoping to raise the $47,000 needed to modernize and improve the Mill Pond Springfield athletic spaces,” said Dr. William Davila, executive director and CEO of the Children’s Study Home. “This includes a new gym floor, scoreboard, bleachers, weight-room equipment, and overall remodel and modernization of the spaces.”

This year’s event will also include guest speaker Kellie Letendre, a former client of the Children’s Study Home, who will be receiving special acknowledgement along with her foster mom, Ms. Ann.

Top sponsors of this year’s tournament include Health New England, Bertera Subaru of West Springfield, Gyre9, and Excel Dryer. To register, attend, or donate to the cause, visit studyhome.org or contact Yamilca Nogue at (413) 739-5626 or [email protected].

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SPRINGFIELD — The Children’s Study Home (CSH) announced that Yamilca Nogué has been named the new director of Community Relations and Development. She joins the CSH senior leadership team and will work closely with the Executive Director and CEO William Dávila.

Nogué brings more than a decade of experience in nonprofit and human services. Prior to joining the Children’s Study Home, she worked as a fundraising event coordinator for a large Western Mass. program and during that time also supervised its homefinding team, recruiting foster homes. She has a passion for working with and advocating for children. In addition to her professional experience, she has remained actively involved in her community and serves as a volunteer for the WNBA Her Time to Play program.

Nogué is the first woman of color and first Latina to hold this position. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in counseling foundations and her MBA at Bay Path University. She is also a licensed social worker in the state of Massachusetts.

“I am so excited and proud to be working at such an amazing organization, with so much history and legacy in serving vulnerable children and their families,” Nogué said. “I am lucky to be a part of such a dedicated, talented, and diverse group of staff, who care and are committed to the work we do and our mission. Together we are looking to build a new strategic plan and lead the agency into the future.”

Added Dávila, “we are excited to have Yamilca joining our leadership team and leading the effort to expand our relationships and presence in the community. Her knowledge and experience will help us better identify and engage supporters and friends of the Children’s Study Home, allowing us to do more for those we serve.”

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SPRINGFIELD — The Children’s Study Home will host its second annual Art Show & Auction at the Carriage House Barney Estate in Forest Park on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Artwork from all media — including acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, chalk, and sculptures — will be shown from the students of the Children’s Study Home’s Mill Pond School and Curtis Blake Day School, as well as artwork from the children of the Children’s Study Home’s residential programs. The art will be auctioned to raise funds for the school and its programs.

The event not only showcases students’ talent, but is a product of how art is part of the educational and therapeutic experience of the students the school serves, Yamilca Nogue, director of Community Relations and Development, explained, adding that this year’s show also features donated works from both Don Blanton and Glenn Rossi, as well as a donated piece from the Art for the Soul Gallery. “We are so excited to count on the support of all these amazing local artists,” Nogue added.

The students at Mill Pond use art class as a way to express their personalities, through both their approach and their creation, explained Evelyn Cass, school adjustment counselor for Mill Pond School.

“Some students enjoy following specific instructions and practicing skills like carefully cutting out shapes or delicately mixing paints to create just the right shade. Alternatively, some students love taking the materials available to them in each class and letting their imaginations explore, creating unique and interesting pieces of artwork. No matter their approach, watching each student take the given prompt and materials for the day and create something distinct and creative each week is inspiring.”

The Children’s Study Home is a 154-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with families by providing innovative and educational programs and services that strengthen children and families, empowering them to succeed at home, within the community, and throughout life.

The facility serves children, adolescents, and families with special needs throughout the Pioneer Valley, the Berkshires, and Cape Cod. These children are often struggling to cope with behavioral, psychiatric, and cognitive issues related to the experiences they have survived. The staff assesses their needs and develops individualized service plans that foster recovery, growth, and wellness.

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SPRINGFIELD — Registration is still open for the 33rd annual Excel Golf Tournament to benefit the Children’s Study Home on Friday, Aug. 13. This is the second year the tournament will be held at the Country Club of Wilbraham. Registration and breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The day will conclude with a cocktail hour, dinner, speaker, awards, and raffles.

In supporting this year’s tournament, sponsors and participants will provide the opportunity for the Children’s Study Home to improve its residential treatment services for children with mental-health needs.

“These are good kids who have been through some bad things,” explained Yamilca Nogue, director of Community Relations & Development. “Sponsorships will help us incorporate sensory designs into our trauma-informed spaces with therapeutic items, facility improvements, and program enhancements such as therapeutic activities, field trips, and other unfunded resources.”

Sensory and other adaptive toys, games, furniture, room designs, and resources help children and adolescents feel safer, calmer, and often more able to engage or self-manage their behaviors. As a trauma-informed organization, the Children’s Study Home knows that many children are affected by recent trauma, anxiety, attention deficit, depression, and other behavioral-health or sensory issues that, when unresolved, can affect and limit life functions, such as social skills, academic development, and behavior management, among others.

This year’s event will also include a keynote speech by Bruce Dixon, CEO of Tech Foundry and an award-winning innovator, social entrepreneur, adventurer, storyteller, and self-described performance geek. His insatiable curiosity and zest have led him to trekking around the globe and engaging in an eclectic array of vocations including professional sports, financial-services management, leadership development, organizational behavior, career coaching, and social-venture leadership.

Top sponsors of this year’s tournament include Excel, Gyre9, Health New England, and PeoplesBank. To register, attend, or donate to the cause, visit bit.ly/CSHgolf21 or contact Yamilca Nogue at (413) 739-5626 or [email protected].

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SPRINGFIELD — The Children’s Study Home will host a virtual panel discussion, “The COVID Vaccine: Personal & Professional Perspectives within African-American and Latino Communities,” on Friday, March 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in partnership with the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. Click here to register for the event.

Panelists include Ronn Johnson, president and CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Inc.; Dr. Sarah Perez McAdoo, Population Health Capstone director at UMass Medical School – Baystate; Dr. Miguel Rodriguez, pulmonologist at Holyoke Medical Center; and Frank Robinson, vice president of Public Health for Baystate Health.

Jessica Collins, executive director of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, will moderate the panel discussion. William Dávila, executive director of the Children’s Study Home, will host the event.

“We are excited to be bringing this conversation, along with our partner agencies on the panel, to the community,” Dávila said. “We are a diverse organization, serving diverse populations, and know that the COVID vaccine is something that is on everyone’s mind. As individuals decide whether or not to be vaccinated, we want to give them an opportunity to make informed decisions on the topic. What better way than to hear from members of the community who also happen to be experts in social services, public health, and medicine, and to be able to ask them questions directly about their professional and personal experiences with this pandemic and the vaccine?”

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SPRINGFIELD — Secret Santa is the most robust volunteer effort at the Children’s Study Home (CSH). With the community’s efforts, CSH has been able to put smiles on children’s faces and help families feel the joy of winter gift giving for 154 years running. With a pandemic placing more families in need, CSH is hoping to surpass last year’s total of more than 425 children having their wishes granted.

With its Secret Santa program, CSH begins the journey to ensure hundreds of children throughout schools in Springfield and the Berkshires, as well as family-support, foster-care, and residential programs build memories free from uncertainty, scarcity, and loss.

“This year, more than ever, we need the community to be there with us as they have been so often, supporting the work we do and those we serve,” said William Dávila, executive director and CEO of the Children’s Study Home. “Please consider sponsoring one of our very deserving children. Even a small contribution will go a long way in bringing them — and you — some much-needed holiday cheer.”

Supporting the program can include receiving a child’s wish list for $75, holding a toy drive at a business or organization, or simply making a donation to the Children’s Study Home. To join the community in making dreams come true for children — dreams that are often elusive and difficult to ensure — e-mail [email protected] or call (413) 636-3085, and, if possible, refer a friend so they can join the community of givers.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Children’s Study Home (CSH) announced the appointment of William Dávila as its new executive director. He was selected after an extensive search by the board of directors and a national executive search firm, Egmont Associates.

Dávila brings 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and social services as a practitioner, manager, and senior-level administrator and executive, including his tenure as deputy executive director of CSH from 2006 to 2011.  He has extensive experience managing and overseeing residential programs, special-education private schools, foster care, outpatient clinics, and various case-management programs serving children and families.  He also has experience working in CARF-accredited programs and was previously a Council on Accreditation (COA) volunteer reviewer, from which CSH recently received full accreditation.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Dávila decided to return to the Children’s Study Home, where he previously served as deputy executive director, to now lead our agency,” said Gordon Quinn, president of the organization’s board of directors. “His extensive management experience, along with unique knowledge of our agency and passion for our mission, sets the stage for continued and greater success.”

In addition to his professional experience, Dávila has remained actively involved in the community over the years. He currently serves on the boards of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, New England Public Media, and the Massachusetts Council on Gaming & Health. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at UMass Amherst, his master’s degree in social work at Boston College, and his doctorate of education at the University of Hartford.  He is also a licensed social worker in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.

“I am excited and proud to be coming back to lead an organization with so much history and such a storied legacy serving those in our community who are most vulnerable,” Dávila said. “And I’m eager get to work with such a talented and dedicated group of staff and board members.”

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