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The 2nd Annual Bashers & Beer Event Hits it Out of the Park!

Just one hour ahead of Triangle, Inc.’s 2nd Annual Bashers & Beer event, it was pouring rain. But as the team and attendees began to arrive to the baseball diamond at Amerige Park, the sun came out, the field dried up, and spirits were high as the players started warming up for the game!

 

On August 9th, we invited friends, family, and community partners to join our Special Olympics softball team, the Triangle Bashers, for a scrimmage and a beer at Idle Hands Craft Ales and Taproom in Malden. This engagement event brought together people from across the state and was an opportunity to meet and reconnect as we celebrated another season for the Bashers, along with the achievements and hard work of everyone over the past year.

Whether it was meeting the parents of our participants, the friends of our staff, or our community partners – the evening was filled with camaraderie that extended beyond the field. The city of Malden has been a home and consistent supporter of Triangle, Inc. since we opened our doors nearly 50 years ago, and this event was no exception. Among our community partners were some of Malden’s local officials, including our board member State Representative Paul Donato, 2018 Public Servant of the Year State Representative Steve Ultrino, and Malden’s very own Mayor Gary Christenson, who was a familiar face among many of our participants and loyal fans. By the end of the evening, the Bashers had won another game, but that victory took second place to the pizza and good times that were shared among friends.

As Triangle, Inc.’s programs have continued to become more community-based in recent years, opportunities to come together with the people who make our mission possible and to show appreciation for the places we have always called home have become more valuable than ever. Thank you to all who came out to Bashers & Beer, and to everyone who continues to help the world realize that we are all people with ability!

 

 

 

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IMPACT:Ability Awarded The Cummings Foundation $100kfor100

Press Release

Malden, Massachusetts – With generous support from the Cummings Foundation and their $100k for 100 initiative, Triangle, Inc.’s (Triangle) IMPACT program is proud to provide abuse prevention and safety education to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in seven schools within Middlesex and Essex counties.

Triangle is a nonprofit organization that provides support to individuals with disabilities and members of other marginalized or underserved communities. IMPACT operates IMPACT:Ability, which helps individuals with disabilities gain the verbal and physical safety skills they need to protect themselves from violence. The Cummings Foundation awards $10 million each year through the $100K for 100 grant program. This place-based philanthropic initiative primarily supports nonprofits in the Massachusetts counties where the Foundation and its founders originally derived their funds and where staff and clients of the Cummings organization live – Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk Counties.

One of the leading challenges faced by individuals with disabilities is the high rates of abuse and violence they routinely face throughout their daily lives. Individuals with intellectual disabilities – both women and men – are likely to experience sexual abuse at rates more than seven times higher than those without disabilities. These issues are even worse for school-aged youth. Students with disabilities are three times as likely as those without to be bullied at school. IMPACT:Ability is one of the few programs that is currently addressing this silent epidemic and is uniquely positioned to respond to the epidemic levels of violence and abuse against people with disabilities. It is the only known evidence-based abuse prevention program for people with disabilities available in Massachusetts.

 

Support from the Cummings Foundation will be used to provide IMPACT:Ability trainings to public high schools in Medford, Wakefield, Stoneham, Beverly, Woburn, Somerville, and Cambridge – 14 classes to a total of 168 students. Students served by this program will be chosen from special education classrooms, where they will meet once per week over a ten-week timespan. The curriculum consists of hands-on, role-play scenarios in which students learn self-protection skills for situations that include: bullying, dating violence, sexual assault, hate crimes, harassment, and abduction. The trainings help improve their personal safety knowledge, self-efficacy, use of self-protective behaviors, and use of assertive communication skills. In previous classes, the majority of students indicated that they would report unsafe situations to a trusted adult, increasing self-protective behaviors such as saying “no” when they were uncomfortable.

IMPACT:Ability instructors are excited to expand these much-needed services to a greater number of students throughout the region. As Dr. Kenneth Salim, Superintendent of the Cambridge Public Schools, shares:

“We are so pleased to be working with IMPACT:Ability thanks to this grant. There is nothing more important than equipping students with the skills they need to keep themselves safe. The research-based, specialized instruction available through this partnership will bring greater confidence and peace of mind to participating students and their families.”

 

From left to right: Meagan Anderson, IMPACT Operations Manager; Joyce Vyriotes, Cummings Foundation; John Kaiser, Triangle, Inc. Chief Development Officer

 

Founded in 1971, Triangle, Inc. was established by residents of Malden, Medford, and Everett, Massachusetts who believed people with disabilities had the potential to hold steady jobs and lead more independent, fulfilling lives. Today, Triangle is a nonprofit organization that serves over 3,700 people from 105 communities with offices in Salem, Malden, Boston, Brockton and Randolph.

 

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Triangle Inc. is a registered Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization.