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Community Connections is on the move

Aimed at improving services to town

January 11, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Southbridge Community Connections is moving to better serve the town.

The SCC plans on moving to 346 Main St. by the end of the month, largely to increase their presence in the town, as well as to increase space. Currently, the SCC is at 61 Pine St.

According to SCC Program Director Lynne Simonds, the goal of the program is to help families, youth and children through leadership development and advocacy. For example, they accompany families with special needs children at the beginning of the school year to help plan out what special accommodations they will need.

"We often go to accompany children to court that are in need of our services," said Simonds. "We go before the judge and say, 'This child really needs a chance,' in order to improve their situation. We also have a partnership for The Center of Hope and we hold fundraisers for the English as a Second Language program."

The program is also taking advantage of a Community Block Grant for social services. The SCC and the Center of Hope will take up to 28 students from age 16 to 24 and will help them obtain their GEDs and look into colleges, among several other things.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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