Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts Coalition and Forum House Honor Friendly's on East Main Street


On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops was one of 28 companies honored at the Statehouse in Boston for choosing to diversify their workforce by employing residents of the Commonwealth, who have mental illness, with the support of Clubhouse employment and recovery centers, funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH). 

The event, organzed by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC), a non-profit organization, took place in the Great Hall.   Although Senator Donald Humason was unable to attend, his aid Chris Powers presented the award to Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops for being an excellent employer.  Forum House has built a strong partnership with Friendly’s, and the store currently employs 2 clubhouse members.  Store Manager Mario Scorza has been so pleased with those he has hired that he is talking with Forum House about the possibility of hiring additional members when the weather gets warmer.  Mr. Scorza has also joined the Forum House Advisory Board which helps to expand opportunities and connect the clubhouse more deeply in our community. 

 Forum House, a program of Human Resources Unlimited, Inc., is providing support to over 180 members annually as they work to re-gain their footing and gain employment, complete their education and live successfully in the community.  Forum House selected Friendly’s for recognition because Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops has done an exceptional job in creating a welcoming and diverse workforce.  The employees they have hired love their jobs and enjoy being recognized as valuable members of the Friendly’s team who work hard to create the happy memories which are the trademark of the Friendly’s experience.

 On Monday April 11th, both Senator Donald Humason and Representative John Velis went to Friendly’s of the Westfield Shops to present Friendly’s and Mario Scorza citations from the State Senate and the State House respectively.  They congratulated Mario Scorza and Friendly’s on their contributions to the community.  “Having a job, earning a paycheck and being a part of the working community means a great deal to those working recovery” said Michael Forest, director of Forum House. 


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