Love for our Staff

Special thanks to everyone who made our Staff Appreciation Week at our King Street Center so special! Our educators were treated to massages by our friends at Elements Massage, manicures from the cosmetology students at Putnam High School, and a wonderful luncheon compliments of Big Mamou's, Nadim's, and Frankie & Johnnie's! We topped off the week with a delicious cake donated by Theme Cakes by Joelene!

From the President

Dear Friends, 

One of the best parts of my job is when I get to spend time in our classrooms and family centers. I am always impressed when I have the opportunity to experience our Square One staff in action.

Recently, I visited our King Street Learning Center and met a delightful little boy named Jack. At two years old, Jack had charmed the entire staff at the center with his bright smile, happy giggle, and loving personality.

Fallon Health Supports Learn & Earn

Our friends from Fallon Health recently paid a visit to our Learn & Earn HiSET classroom to present a check for $10,000 to support our education and workforce development initiative for teen parents. Thank you to Fallon’s Richard Burke and Kim Salmon for recognizing the importance of this work!


We are so grateful to Smith & Wesson for their longstanding support of the children and families at Square One. In addition to supporting Square One’s work with survivors of domestic abuse, Smith & Wesson employees pledged over $10,500 of their own money to support our work with children and families. Best of all, Smith & Wesson will match each of these employee donations, bringing the total annual support we receive from the company to nearly $30,000 this year.

All About Dads

Our Square One Healthy Families staff recently attended the 18th Annual New England fathering conference. The conference, entitled “Dads: Involved Today, Committed Forever,” welcomed dads, family service providers, social workers, health professionals, educators, program directors, state and federal representatives, and father advocates who participated in two and a half days of learning and sharing. The title of this year’s conference reflected the understanding that every father leaves an indelible mark on his child’s life.

Way to Represent!

Congratulations to our Square One Early Childhood Education participants from Putnam High School! The Skills USA Massachusetts District 6 competition was held at McCann Tech in North Adams on Friday, March 17. Nine schools competed including Putnam. Students were given a written test which included questions in their trade area, employability, OSHA and Skills USA knowledge. The Early Childhood Education contest had eight competitors. Putnam 12th grader, Paola Mercado, won the gold medal. Putnam 11th grader, Susannah Stevenson, won the silver medal.

It’s all Greek to Them!

Our school-age children have been hard at work learning about ancient Greek history during their time spent with us after school. Recently, they designed masks and costumes and created an original play highlighted what they learned.

AIC Hockey Breaks the Ice with Square One Preschoolers

What a great visit our Square One children had with the AIC Hockey Team! HUGE thanks to Yellow Jacket Head Coach Eric Lang, Program Director Alec Rippetoe, and Senior Public Relations Specialist Candy Lash for coordinating the visit. We are so proud to have AIC as our community partner. 

Making a Difference

Congratulations, Joan Kagan! Square One’s President & CEO was recently honored with the prestigious Difference Makers award for her career-long commitment to improving the lives and circumstances of at-risk children and families. Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Joan accepted her award with grace and humility.

Joan shared the stage with fellow honorees Denis Gagnon of Excel Dryer; the Community Colleges of Western Massachusetts; Friends of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round; and Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts. Congratulations to all the deserving winners!

Champions for Children

Huge thanks to our newest “Adopt-A-Classroom” sponsors: Alekman & DiTusa Attorneys at Law; and John & Kathleen Gormally!