25 Nov

Francisco Ramos Receives State-wide Recognition for Community Organizing Work

On November 19, 2020, NewVue Communities’ Community Organizer, Francisco Ramos, received one of the most distinguished awards at the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations’ (MACDC) Annual Meeting. Honored as the recipient of The Ricanne Hadrian Award, Francisco’s work exemplifies the dedication and commitment to building economically and racially just communities through resident engagement.

Named after a staunch champion for community organizing and former Deputy Director of MACDC who passed away in 1996, The Ricanne Hadrian Award recipient is chosen through nominations submitted by community development organizations.

Francisco Ramos, Community Organizer, NewVue Communities

A resident of Clinton Massachusetts, Francisco joined NewVue Communities in October 2018, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as community organizer. His work history includes working with several Massachusetts organizations such as Health Care for All, the EDCO Collaborative, and United Interfaith Action, as well as various community-based organizations in Chicago. 

Marc Dohan, NewVue Executive Director said, “throughout Francisco’s career, he has been building a program model to train and empower community residents by engaging them in topic-specific trainings based on interests within the community. Our Community Stewards program started with Francisco’s arrival to NewVue and since that time, the impact of the program has been meaningful and longstanding. Our art stewards created festivals, painted murals and revitalized back alleys. In response to COVID, a group of stewards helped scale up the number of meals served by the North Central Massachusetts Faith-Based Coalition to homeless families from 200 to 1,600 per month. The education stewards partnered with the school department to foster parent engagement and to empower families of children with disabilities.  And in response to George Floyd’s murder, stewards helped organize marches, Juneteenth celebrations and a National Night Out event with the Fitchburg Police Department to talk about racial justice. These examples are just a small piece of the difference made by Francisco and stewards.”

Following the MACDC Annual Meeting, Francisco stated,  “I thank everyone at MACDC for honoring me with this award. It is received on behalf of all the stewards that have completed the NewVue Communities trainings in the first two years of the leadership development program. The success of our work in Fitchburg and the North Central region is directly related to the commitment and volunteerism that the stewards have displayed. Their countless volunteer hours completing trainings, visioning projects, implementing them and creating social change, impacts our communities now and certainly for the future. The success of my work as a community organizer would not have been possible if it were not for the stewards. Thank you to everyone who celebrates this work with me.”

10 Nov

NewVue Communities and Fitchburg State University Team Up to Celebrate Graduates

On Friday, October 30, 2020 NewVue Communities and Fitchburg State University held a virtual graduation ceremony for community members who have stepped up to complete trainings to benefit their own professional development, but more importantly, to prepare them for roles of servant leadership in the community.

CHECK OUT OUR GRADUATION VIDEO

Alex Rodriguez, Organizer Steward and a recent graduate said, ” I have had a great experience and opportunity. It was great to be with like-minded individuals who want to make a difference. It was very refreshing especially in the world we are in now. I look forward to growing with the stewards and the community.”

Marc Dohan, New Vue Executive Director offered words of gratitude. “Thank you for taking the time to invest in yourself. By investing in yourself, you have made it possible to create change and make the world a better place. You are positioning yourselves to be better artists who will make the world more beautiful and better organizers who will make the world more just. You are taking care of your own financial future so that you can get out of debt, buy a car or a home or realize another dream. And many of you are thinking about the next generation by becoming education stewards and stewards for children with disabilities. We are so proud to be connected to the work that each of you do. Thank you”

VIEW THE PROGRAM AND LIST OF GRADUATES HERE

9 Oct

Fall Art Steward Program Set to Start October 20, 2020

Join us online every Tuesday evening from 6pm-8pm to participate in NewVue Communities Art Stewards Training.

October 20 through December 8, 2020

FOCUSING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Welcome and Introduction  October 20, 2020

Intro to Training Series

By: Jessie Olson

  • What is The Big Picture
  • What topics will be included?
  • Who will be the presenters?
  • Goals for the series
  • Questions & answers

Water Street Bridge  October 27, 2020

The Rail Trail: Leominster-Fitchburg

By: Tom Skwierawski, City of Fitchburg

  • What are the plans?
  • What is the timeline?
  • What is the cost?
  • When will it be completed?
  • Possibilities for participation of art stewards

The Theatre Block Project  November 3, 2020

By: Tom Skwierawski, City of Fitchburg

  • What are the plans?
  • What is the timeline?
  • What is the cost?
  • When will it be completed?
  • Possibilities for participation of art stewards

FAM Artist Resident Selection November 10, 2020

By: Nick Capasso, Fitchburg Art Museum

The Fitchburg Arts Community  November 17, 2020

By: Marc Dohan, NewVue Communities

  • What are the plans?
  • What is the timeline?
  • What is the cost?
  • When will it be completed?
  • Possibilities for participation of art stewards

ReImagine North of Main    November 24, 2020

MassDevelopment TDI

By: Joe Fergusson and Francisco Torres

  • What are their roles?
  • Are there any future projects?
  • What are their costs?
  • Is there a timeline?
  • Possibilities for participation of art stewards

Main and Boulder Streets December 1, 2020

Two Way Streets

By: Tom Skwierawski, City of Fitchburg

  • What are the plans?
  • What is the timeline?
  • What is the cost?
  • When will it be completed?
  • Possibilities for participation of art stewards

Overview and Next Steps  December 8, 2020

By: Jessie Olson, Facilitator

  • Public art and social justice
  • What does the current moment call for?
  • How do we respond?
  • How can art impact social change?

GRADUATION CEREMONY December 18, 2020   6pm-8pm

NewVue Communities thanks our fellow sponsors: City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg Art Museum, Mass Development and North of Main

21 Jul

Congressman McGovern and State Representative Higgins Tour Completed Carter School Apartments

Tenant, Carol Bergeron, welcomes Congressman McGovern and Marc Dohan to tour her apartment.

Congressman James McGovern and State Representative Natalie Higgins joined members of the NewVue Communities leadership team for a tour of the Carter School Apartments on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  The newly completed renovation of the Carter Junior High School on West Street provided a beautiful back drop for Marc Dohan, Executive Director to brief Congressman McGovern and Representative Higgins on both the challenges of a project like the Carter building and the positive impact of completing such an important affordable housing opportunity for the community. “We are very pleased to have this building completed and the apartments at full capacity. The condition of the building certainly provided some unique challenges given its earlier condition,” said Dohan.

Marc Dohan, Executive Director, NewVue Communities

A tour of the building included meeting Carol Bergeron, a tenant who moved into her unit the beginning of March. Ms. Bergeron spoke with Congressman McGovern about how pleased she was to have secured an apartment, describing it as spacious and beautifully designed. Ms. Bergeron who was born and raised in Leominster was most happy about the opportunity that her new housing provided – an opportunity to move back home to Leominster. “There is a great deal to like about this place and my apartment, but probably the best thing is that the people who manage the building are so nice, responsive, and helpful,” said Bergeron.

State Representative Natalie Higgins

Congressman McGovern, who supported the Carter School project throughout its development, spoke about the critical need for affordable housing and encouraged NewVue to continue identifying projects that have the impact of the Carter School Apartments. “The opportunity to tour the Carter School Apartments as a finished project was wonderful, and I’m glad my office was able to help support this important project,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “While affordable housing continues to remain unreachable for far too many families, I was so glad to see that these welcoming and affordable units will serve as homes that families can be proud of. I commend NewVue for taking this project on and seeing it through to completion. It’s impressive.”

State Representative Natalie Higgins offered her thoughts on the project and said “I’m so thrilled to see the Carter School Apartments filled with new and old neighbors. NewVue Communities worked relentlessly to ensure this project was successful, even helping residents move in throughout the start of the COVID-19 state of emergency and continues to bring so many opportunities to the residents of Leominster through its work.”

21 Feb

Thanks To Our 2019 CITC Donors

We thank those businesses, foundations and individuals who supported NewVue Communities in 2019 through the Community Investment Tax Incentive Program

Anonymous
Athol Savings Bank
Berkshire Bank
Blue Hub Capital
William Brassard
Kate Casa
Crocker Foundation
Davis Square Architects, Inc.
DeVellis Zrein, Inc.
Robert Dorfman
Enterprise Bank
Fidelity Bank
Matthew and Kellie Fournier
Samuel Godin
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Hackett Feinburg, P.C.
Mathew Hutt
Hutter Construction
ICON Architecture, Inc
Klein Hornig, LLP
Leominster Credit Union
Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
Erin and Heidi Nano
Michael R. Martin
Quality Contracting Inc.
Resolution Architects LLC
Rollstone Charitable Foundation
Resource Management Inc.
Rocheford Family Trust
Robert Ruxin and Peggy Shukur
Santander Bank Foundation
Ann Silverman
United Way of Mass Bay
Andrew and Elizabeth Van Hazinga
WaypointKLA
Wingate Management Company, LLC

If you would like to support NewVue Communities or learn more about
the benefits of the Community Investment Tax Credit program and join
our CITC Team, learn more. Or, contact Kerry Flathers, Director of
Development and Communications at kflathers@nvcomm.org.

11 Feb

NewVue Art Stewards Selected for Arts-Focused National Fellowship

In November 2019, NewVue Communities submitted a 2020 Community Revitalization Fellowship application offered through the Center for Community Progress in Washington, DC. NewVue’s Program Officer Meredith Geraghty, and Community Organizer, Francisco Ramos prepared the application with full confidence that the Fitchburg Community Art Stewards can make a national difference using the arts to transform abandoned and distressed properties.

Today, February 11, 2020, NewVue Communities proudly shares the Center for Community Progress press release announcing that six Fitchburg Art Stewards have been selected to participate in the national training program. Congratulations to our Art Stewards.

Center for Community Progress Press Release