Congratulations to Marc Abelard and William James College on receiving the Award of Excellence for Business Partner of the Year!

JRI, Marc Abelard and William James College have been collaborating on addressing the need for more diversity in the field of human services. At JRI, we knew that we wanted our staff to more closely reflect the diversity and lived experience of the clients and communities we serve. We also knew that we needed to reduce economic barriers to advancement. With William James College, we found partners that share our social justice mission, our commitment to racial equity and our dedication to culturally competent services. Together we found a way to significantly ease the financial burden of earning a degree.

In addition to supporting JRI employees who are pursuing their degree, we have also partnered on a broader level on a commitment to social justice, with a focus on workforce development. Marc's commitment to this shared mission has been integral in JRI's work to help the larger community focus on creating a diverse workforce. Together, we are going into local communities, discussing social justice and how through non-profit work and a degree from William James College, you can “be the change”. This initiative is helping us reach an entire new group of people who bring diversity, lived experience and passion to our work.

Learn more about the partnership between JRI and William James College.


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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.