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Unmet needs of youth topic of summit

September 16, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Put about 30 local social service providers in a room and you're likely to hear they have similar views of the biggest unmet needs, as well as a lot of overlap in what they do.

That's what happened Wednesday, when Town Manager Christopher Clark convened his first Social Services Summit. He said his goal was to get agencies talking and create a booklet of what's available in the community for people in need.

"It's a good idea to have a basic structure for all of us to stay in touch," agreed Lynne Simonds of Community Connections.

Going around the Harrington Hospital conference room, many participants stated transportation is a major need in this region, but several raised a variety of other concerns, including food, housing, lack of utility of services by those who qualify, and youth programs of various kinds.

The latter was a major theme of what many participants already do.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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