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Chang-Díaz and Mayoral Candidates Help JP’s VOAMASS Pack 200 Bags for Senior Mothers

Last updated on May 16, 2021

Jamaica Plain’s state senator and mayoral candidates teamed up together to pack gift bags for seniors in celebration of Mothers Day to help a local nonprofit.

Volunteers of America of Massachusetts (VOAMASS), a nonprofit that creates opportunities for individuals through residential and outpatient behavioral health treatment, re-entry for justice-involved individuals, veteran services and senior living, hosted the 26th Annual I Remember Mama on May 8, 2021.

Left to right: State Rep. Joe Santiago, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Michael A. Satterwhite, a volunteer who has been present for all 26 I Remember Mama events, and John Barros. (Image courtesy of VOAMASS)

The event is a signature fundraiser that supports VOAMASS’s substance use recovery programs.

While the event traditionally includes a hotel ballroom brunch for roughly 200 senior mothers living in public housing throughout Boston, because of COVID-19 restrictions, VOAMASS packaged and delivered 200 gift bags to the women as a reminder of how much the community cherishes them.

Two mayoral candidates John Barros and state Rep. Jon Santiago, joined state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz to help VOAMASS assemble the bags at Shiloh House, a residential recovery center for women with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in Jamaica Plain.