Boston – Friends of Massachusetts, a US-based organization, received special recognition from the Rhode Island House of Representatives for their selfless and dedicated work with their local community.
Presenting the citation to the group on behalf of the House of Representatives recently, Congressman Nathan W. Biah, who represents the 3rd District of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, commended the group for its commitment to conducting itself in a more respectful manner.
Rep. Biah, on behalf of all Rhode Island Members of Parliament, extended his best wishes to the group and expressed hope that they will continue in good fortune.
Meanwhile, on behalf of FOMA, Mr. Prince Woods, a Liberian and president of the organization, congratulated the Rhode Island House of Representatives for such a gratifying recognition, which he says the group will never forget. not easily.
Woods, who was inducted along with several other colleagues on the same day, not only thanked the US congressman for attending the occasion, but took the time to appreciate his colleagues’ confidence in him.
The Liberian humanitarian, in his acceptance speech, says his election as ‘Friends of Massachusetts’ president is not something he takes lightly, as he has promised to represent the group at its best interest. “My main goal this year is to encourage members to make a difference,” notes Woods.
He revealed how his administration will undertake several initiatives to help the young and old.
Woods explained how elderly immigrants in the Worcester, Massachusetts community face many challenges, including maintaining their independence, economic security, active relationships with friends and family, and reaping the benefits of US immigration, among several other issues.
He said that with these enormous challenges facing the elderly, coal efforts must be made to serve them something he says his leadership is committed to doing.
notes from the newly inducted president of FOMA; that under her leadership, the organization will help seniors connect with them and ensure they have equitable access to government programs and services.
He named offering free programs and services to immigrant seniors, helping them navigate the complex system of public benefits and long-term care programs, as other major initiatives and programs his leadership will focus on. .
Prince Woods says his team’s free program and services will focus on health screening and health education, helping navigate health and safety benefits, preparing for citizenship and other benefits of immigration, including teaching English as well, identifying and responding to elder abuse and neglect, disease awareness, fighting depression and other projects.
Meanwhile, the FOMA boss promised within days to engage immigrant seniors, refugees and undocumented immigrant communities to discuss issues regarding services for immigrant seniors, research issues in specific ethnic populations , conducting surveys with service providers and having recurring conversations. with major funders, elected officials and other aging actors in the network.
Woods similarly noted that he focused on engaging young people to refrain from violent behavior.
“We will play the leading role in helping to prevent youth violence, juvenile delinquency and criminal victimization of minors,” says the FOMA boss.
He continues that Friends of Massachusetts can successfully help change local conditions to help young people become law-abiding, productive immigrants and citizens; a fight, he says, will require the inclusion of all members of the community; including business leaders, media representatives, teachers, parents and grandparents, young people, policy makers, clergy, elected officials and law enforcement.
“Each of us is responsible for the health and well-being of children, when all members of the community work together to achieve common goals, everyone benefits from the strength of a working partnership,” Woods noted. .
The group, through its president, believes that with small and medium scale community mobilization efforts, they can be successful and effective.
FOMA Boss challenged his team members to engage and commit to real change.
He then encouraged those who were inducted with him not to ignore the trust of their colleagues by noting how they should use the opportunity to serve.
The induction ceremony brought together several Africans with dominant US-based Liberians.
Those elected and inducted include Mr. Prince Woods-President, Mr. Emmanuel B. Ndebeh Vice-President, Mr. Aloysius Hinneh Corporate Secretary, Mr. Francis Artey, Financial Secretary, Tom JOB Knowry, Financial Secretary, Ms. Tawa Woods Assistant Secretary and Mr. Thomas Nyenswah Chaplain among others.
Elected officers, according to the organization’s bylaws, will serve for two years beginning in October 2022.