The WAMS Conference Event Series is the vehicle by which WAMS connects and collaborates with people and organizations throughout the City of Worcester and the State who are committed to fresh thinking about how to help individuals, children and families overcome such challenges as affordable housing and family stability, mental and physical health care access, childhood trauma, job training that allows our current workforce to adjust to future needs and neighborhood health and empowerment. Videos of some of the unique presentations given at previous events are available to the right or below.

WAMS also works with mission partners such as Matthew25, Habitat for Humanity and Worcester ACTS (Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma) to support community education, including the recent hosting of Worcester native and bestselling author Jarrett J. Krosoczka whose graphic memoir “Hey Kiddo” describes his journey of growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

Tim Garvin, CEO and President of United Way of Central Mass. offers 5 ways that together we can redefine and reimagine social progress.

Charles Gagnon, COO of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council encourages us to imagine differently.

Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy for Empath (formerly Crittenton Women’s Union), offers measurable results as Empath works to shape public policy and achieve social change

Senator Jamie Eldridge calls for a broader vision to make a greater difference in families’ lives.

Empath Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Mary Coleman describes how toxic stress affects decision making among the poor, and outlines the goals/ success of the Crittenton Mobile Mentoring Program.

Jon Wortmann, author, trainer and minister, identifies tools that social service providers and others working with clients under stress can use to practice self care.

John Wortmann, author, trainer and minister, offers specific strategies  that can be used to diffuse and manage stressful situations.