"I don't tell them, I show them everything is going to be okay."

FAMILY HOUSING ADVOCATE, MIGUEL BERRIOS

FAMILY HOUSING ADVOCATE, MIGUEL BERRIOS

When families come to Miguel, Family Housing Advocate at Centerboard , they don’t have much, sometimes nothing at all, and they don’t know what to expect.  Miguel explains, “That first conversation is you, basically trying your best to let them know they are going to be okay and that they don’t have to be scared. Often times they are on the verge of tears, their kids are with them and they have nothing.” 

Centerboard is a community-based organization headquartered in Lynn MA whose continuing mission for the last 29 years is to revitalize communities by investing in their people and places.  Most of Centerboard’s work is getting Greater Lynn families and children back on their feet.  Centerboard isn’t interested in providing a handout as much as teaching families the ways to become self-sufficient. 

Miguel always reassures his families and works to get them to a better place.  Even in that first visit, he can see a difference in them -- a sense of comfort that they did not come in with. Miguel will then spend time going over how he is going to help them turn their lives around and prepare them for their better future. 

“I try to make it as painless as possible, so in the beginning that can be an interesting conversation. I usually go home thinking about how they must feel and hope I’ve made a positive difference in their lives.”

Centerboard’s staff is committed to helping Greater Lynn’s families and children receive the services and support they need.  Centerboard staff’s motto is we will do “whatever it takes” to ensure their families receive the support they need to become self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities.

As a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization, Centerboard and our client families and children, rely on the support of individuals and families like yours. Let them know you care. Please show your neighbors your support by making a heartfelt gift of just $5.00. Your generous gift is fully tax deductible and Centerboard will turn it into hope and homes for our families and children.  In today’s troubled world, isn’t it good to know that people, like Miguel, are guiding Greater Lynn’s underprivileged families and children to a happy, self-sufficient future?

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