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Meet the 2019 Stan Black Leader of the Year!

This month, leading up to our Annual Celebration in May, we’ll be featuring the recipients of each of our awards on our blog! You can stay up-to-date by checking in every Wednesday.

Every year at Celebrate: Triangle, Inc.’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser, we honor a strong business partner that has shown dedication to the mission of helping people with disabilities with the Stan Black Leader of the Year Award. This year, we chose to give the award to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in recognition of their role as a strong partner to multiple Triangle initiatives, as well as their steadfast devotion to improving the lives of the community that we serve.

As a leader in the field, Spaulding is nationally recognized for its innovation and dedication to improving quality of life for persons recovering from or learning to live fully with illness, injury, and disability. Spaulding has collaborated closely with Triangle on a number of pioneering programs that have successfully expanded opportunities for people with disabilities across Massachusetts.

Triangle and Spaulding’s partnership first took shape through the Health Careers Collaborative, a joint initiative that equips chronically unemployed adults with disabilities with the skills necessary to develop successful careers as Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides. Spaulding took part in the planning and development of the program, and now serves as the primary employment partner for the project. Spaulding helps to interview and screen candidates during the recruitment phase of the program and hosts internships at their facilities following credentialed training. A number of the graduates have continued on to a job at Spaulding following their graduation from the program, including two students who just started orientation in December 2018.

This award celebrates the memory of successful business leader and lifelong advocate, Stan Black. Stan was a strong supporter of Triangle, and he prioritized improving the lives of people with disabilities. From his own experience, Stan understood that having a career is essential to independence and personal empowerment. This award honors a business leader whose vision, passion, and commitment to the Triangle, Inc. mission has improved the lives of people with all abilities.

Join us on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for Celebrate: Triangle’s 48th Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser. Click here for tickets and sponsorship information!

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Triangle’s Trip to the State House!

The ability for Triangle, Inc. participants and staff members to step away from their busy daily lives in order to represent the organization on a state level is a thrilling honor and opportunity. On Wednesday, January 23rd, more than 30 participants and staff members from various Triangle sites in Salem, Randolph, and Malden proudly participated in the ADDP (Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers) Legislative Luncheon at the Massachusetts State House. The event honored ADDP’s two awardees of the Distinguished Legislator of the Year Award, State Representative Paul Brodeur and State Senator Joan Lovely. ADDP, a strong partner to Triangle, strives to promote and ensure the strength of community-based providers, so that their members can be successful in improving the quality, access, and value of the services they provide. The annual luncheon is an opportunity for legislators, people with disabilities, and community members to come together and acknowledge local lawmakers who are allies and advocates.

Triangle was proud to play an important role in the festivities, with program participant Brady and staff member Tanisha giving remarks on  all of the skills that Triangle provides to individuals with disabilities, including community exploration, travel training, and employment. Brady and Tanisha gave moving firsthand accounts of how Triangle’s innovative community-based employment programs have empowered individuals to lead more independent lives. Brady, a Triangle participant since he was 19, reflected on his two jobs and remarked that Triangle was like a family to him. Tanisha, Brady, and the Triangle community in the audience represented the organization with pride!

Triangle CEO Coleman Nee had the honor of presenting ADDP’s award to Representative Paul Brodeur, a tireless advocate for the individuals with disabilities in his district, which includes Melrose and  Malden. Representative Brodeur, the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, continues to support legislation to aid developmental disabilities providers. His steadfast dedication endures through the authoring of legislation that would offer local law enforcement training on how to best and most effectively interact with individuals with autism. We’re lucky to have such a strong ally representing our community! It was also a happy coincidence that State Senator Lovely also received an award at the event.  Sen. Lovely received Triangle’s 2018 Public Official of the Year award this past May and hosting Triangle participant, Raymond, as an intern at her office.

Having the ability to participate in such an important local event is an honor, and we’re thankful to ADDP for providing us with this opportunity!

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