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Family Outreach of Amherst Turns 30
February 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CHD’s Family Outreach of Amherst (FOA) marks thirty years of service to Amherst’s most vulnerable families with a reception and presentation of the Helen Mitchell Community Service award to Tony Maroulis, Executive Director of External Relations and University Events at UMass Amherst. Catered by award-winning UMass Dining, the reception will be held Wednesday, February 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Eric Carle Museum.
Beginning with just 6 families in 1990, last year FOA helped nearly 600 struggling families deal with such issues as homelessness, domestic violence, physical and mental health, immigration, substance abuse, and trauma. Working with all members of the family, FOA helps them gain access to the services they need, find educational and employment opportunities, and develop the life skills they need to not only to survive, but to thrive. “We are proud to help our clients who are important members of our community gain access to the services they need as they learn to advocate for themselves in order to raise happy, healthy children,” said FOA Director Laura Reichsman.
2020 will feature many events to celebrate this milestone. The kickoff reception will be followed by the Jeanne Juster Literacy Fair in May, the 17th annual “Light Up the Night!” benefit dinner and auction on June 12 and “Warm Up the Night,” a strolling culinary extravaganza on October 14.
The Helen Mitchell Community Service Award is given to an individual or group who best exemplifies a spirit of selfless dedication to helping improve the quality of life for families in the Amherst community. Maroulis is being recognized for the support and leadership he has shown towards FOA and human services, both in his current position at UMass and at his job as Executive Director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.