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Square One Opens in South End


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — After introductions, tiny singers serenade folks at Square One’s grand opening.

With that, it was on to tour the new Main Street building known as Family Square.

The non-profit has struggled over the last couple of years. The June 2011 tornado destroyed Square One’s preschool and administrative offices.

Then, in 2012, a gas explosion ravaged their Worthington Street childcare center.

After enduring all of that, they had no idea they would be in this space, which includes a preschool classroom.

“We’re very fortunate that this space became available to us while we were looking around. Of course, as you know, there’s a lot of activity happening in the South End,” said Square One’s President and CEO Joan Kagan.

Not only is it a child care facility, parents can actually come here, get on the computer, look for jobs, and also take advantage of all the other resources they have to offer.

“Social work services, family support services, case management services, to families, so we’re really now able to be a multi-service organization,” Kagan added.

“It’s the whole family we have to support. It’s not just dropping off your child and like, they’re in a vacuum. We have to respond to all of the needs and support them in any way we can. It really does take a village,” shared Deborah Flynn-Gonzalez, Square One’s Family Services Supervisor.

The village is still expanding. This is only phase one of their move out of their temporary home at the Scibelli Enterprise Center.

Those administrative offices will move to the second floor of Family Square in the spring of 2014.

Square One has been in the South End since 1883. They currently serve over a thousand children every day between their Springfield and Holyoke locations.

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