Walker Gets Middlesex Savings Grant for Training, Consultation
August 29, 2015 Walker, a Needham-based nonprofit specializing in behavioral health, special education, and therapeutic residential programs for children and teens in Massachusetts, recently announced that it has received a $12,000 grant from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation to support training and ongoing consultation.
said the grant will help it prepare staff and families to utilize evidence-based interventions and therapeutic best practices to respond to the emerging critical needs of children and families throughout Greater Boston, the North Shore, South Shore, and central Massachusetts.
The core of our work at Walker is done by direct care staff who provide effective evidence-based and innovative programs for exceptionally vulnerable yet resilient children. Their learning challenges, trauma-reactive behaviors, and lack of self-confidence make them feel as if progress is beyond their reach, said Walkers President and CEO Susan M. Getman.
She added, Continued training, practical exercise and ongoing education is essential to preparing staff for a myriad of complex situations that arise as we support children and youth in discovering the very best in themselves. We are grateful to Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation as we strive towards a standard of excellence that ensures the best possible support for the resilient children, youth and families who face extraordinary challenges.
Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation has supported Walker programs since 1997 and has been a Walker Community Connections Partner since 2007.
Over the last 18 years of partnership, the foundation has sponsored Walkers signature events, funded targeting programming, and supported Comforts of Home, which provides vital items that make a childs stay with a Walker residential or hospital diversion program more comfortable and as homelike as possible, filled with books, personalized bedding, and special posters.
The new grant provides will enable Walker to equip professional staff with skills needed to empower children and youth to learn new skills, connect with others in affirmative and satisfying ways, and develop internal competencies, skills, resources, and support systems.