New research and reporting has shown that poverty in Massachusetts is higher than at any time since 1960. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published data clearly illustrating that while economic growth was exploding over the past decade, inequality in Massachusetts was also growing and is now among the highest of any state in the country. In fact, thousands of new families have been relegated to poverty. The Brookings Institute recently demonstrated that the fastest rate of poverty growth in America is happening in suburbia. The Great Recession was an “equal opportunity” economic crisis, in which suburban and urban families experienced unprecedented job loss, foreclosures, personal bankruptcies, and overnight impoverishment.

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Board Member extraordinaire Margie Glazer shares her thoughts about why she supports JVS.

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“What Recovery? Mass. Is Going Nowhere Slowly” Boston Globe 9-19-14

“Child Poverty Continues to Climb in Mass” Boston Globe 9-22-14

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In honor of National Entrepreneurship month, a graduate from our entrepreneurial training program for refugees and asylees shares his story about establishing his business in America.

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In less than three weeks we will choose a new Governor of the Commonwealth. While we have recovered from the worst of the recession, thousands of Massachusetts residents remain unemployed, and thousands more are seeing their earnings slip behind where they were when the recession started. While the next Governor won’t be able to control national or international economic trends, his/her policies will have a direct impact on the quality of life and economic well-being of Massachusetts residents.

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