Food for Thought

Square One is proud to be a partner of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ Mobile Food Bank. On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, our staff distributes food outside Dakin Humane Society to members of the community.

On July 24, we distributed 4,500 pounds of food to 346 people!

Summer Fun Continues!

Our Annual Family Fun Summer Party at out King Street Family Center was a big hit, once again this year! Dozens of families turned out to enjoy music, games, snacks and prizes. Best of all, each family received free new books to take home! Special thanks to Boomer from the Springfield Thunderbirds for joining in the fun! 

Thank You, Berkshire Bank!

Square One has been awarded $10,000 by Berkshire Bank in support of its “Adopt-A-Classroom” program!

"We are excited to continue our ongoing support of Square One’s Adopt-A-Classroom initiative program,” says Jim Hickson, SVP Commercial Regional President. “Berkshire Bank is committed to making a difference in the lives of local children and their families.”

Foot in the Door

What happens when like-minded organizations come together with a common purpose? SUCCESS! Just ask Jennifer DeChristopher, a current Square One Healthy Families participant who recently graduated from the Foot in the Door program. In complement to the benefits she is realizing from being part of Healthy Families, Jennifer credits Foot in the Door with giving her the motivation and support she needed to build her resume, search for a job, perfect her interview skills, and earn her National Career Readiness Certificate.

2017 Healthy Families Graduation

In keeping with its mission to ensure that all parents have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful, we recently celebrated the completion of another session of our Healthy Families program initiative. 

The ceremony was held on August 2, 2017, at the Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist in Springfield. In total, 26 young families graduated from the program.

Letter from the President

The late Maya Angelou once said, “If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.”

I’m reminded of those words as I reflect on the recent passing of two dear friends of Square One, who for years donated their time, talent and treasures to support our work with children and families.

Taking the Lead on Lead

In response to the alarming rate of lead poisoning in Springfield, Square One will be working with Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. on a home visiting initiative designed to identify at-risk families, provide resources to those affected by lead poisoning, and prevent future cases. The Department of Public Health recently announced an award of $49,473 to support this endeavor.

Square One Children and Families have PRIDE in their Work

When Pride Stores approached Square One about a fundraising campaign they wanted to engage in for Square One, both organizations were excited about an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of the work Square One is doing throughout the community.


The locally owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores launched a campaign where customers were encouraged to purchase a “square” for one dollar, in support of the work that Square One does with children and families throughout the region. The paper squares were placed on display at stores throughout the region.

Celebrating Dads

This father engagement video just out from the department of Health and Human Services. The video is being shared nationally to encourage the engagement of fathers. We are extremely proud of this video, not only because it features Children’s Trust and Healthy Families staff, but because it highlights the attention we give and hard work we do to engage fathers.


2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Recognized at State House

State legislators joined the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program to recognize 2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction at the Massachusetts State House. The annual event recognized outstanding leaders who are making the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work.