The Boston Home, received national recognition from CareerSTAT’s Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion program. CareerSTAT recognized The Boston Home for making exemplary investments in the skills and careers of their frontline workers by establishing an innovative education program.
With funding from The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), The Boston Home and training partner Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) conducted a work needs assessment of its staff in 2015. The assessment found that employees wanted to increase their language and math skills to better perform at work, as well as to reach their career goals. From this survey a unique, innovative education program was launched. Instructors from JVS lead lessons on-site each week in Math and English, and four residents of The Boston Home served as tutors. For the resident tutors, this program has allowed them to give back to those who care for them throughout the day. On June 7, 2017 TBH held its second graduation ceremony for thirty students. At the graduation, Marva Serotkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of TBH had this to say, “Thank you for coming to the US, thank you for coming to TBH. We couldn’t care for our residents without you.” Jerry Rubin, President & CEO of JVS added “You have shown courage and perseverance, you should be proud of yourselves.”
“Our staff are primarily immigrants born in island countries, primarily Haiti. They are highly motivated and eager to advance their careers. Many of our nurses began their careers at The Boston Home as certified nursing assistants. Today we have a dynamic education program on campus for English and Math. One of the best parts of my day is walking by the classes and watching the commitment and engagement of our staff knowing that their motivation is to improve their performance, open a door for career advancement, and become a stronger member of our society,” said Marva Serotkin.
CareerSTAT is a network of healthcare leaders promoting investment in the skills and careers of frontline workers. It supports healthcare organizations in using workforce development programs to increase business impact, improve health outcomes, and provide good jobs. CareerSTAT promotes innovative practices and policies for advancing frontline workers, produces an array of resources on the benefits of skill and career development, recognizes organizations leading the industry as Frontline Health Care Worker Champions, and supports organizations developing investment programs. CareerSTAT is an employer-led initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and is generously supported by The Joyce Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To learn more about CareerSTAT and its partners, visit: http://www.nationalfund.org/careerstat.
About the National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a national network promoting economic opportunity and prosperous communities through investment and innovation. Based in Washington D.C., the National Fund partners with philanthropy, employers, workers, public and private community organizations, and more than thirty regional collaboratives to invest in skills, improve systems, and generate good jobs. The National Fund supports civic and business leaders in promoting evidence-based practices and policies that build shared prosperity. Learn more about the National Fund and its local partners at www.NationalFund.org.