Category: News

WAMC’s Alan Chartock Interviews VIM Executive Director Ilana Steinhauer

On July 9, WAMC’s President and CEO, Alan Chartock, spent an hour with VIM’s Executive Director, Ilana Steinhauer, on his weekly show, WAMC’s In Conversation With…. Their impassioned and informative conversation covers everything from the critical role of immigrants in our local economy to opportunities for local nonprofits to band together to address our community’s most pressing needs. Listen to the replay.

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VIM Berkshires Applauds Supreme Court Decision on DACA

VIM Berkshires applauds the Supreme Court decision to uphold DACA. This life changing decision will give “Dreamers” a more secure foundation on which to build their futures. While we begin to address the many remaining inequities in our society, this ruling provides a ray of hope. We look forward to the day when these 650,000+ young adults are given a path to citizenship. VIM’s Executive Director Featured in Berkshire Eagle Ilana Steinhauer, VIM’s Executive Director, was among the community leaders quoted in a Berkshire Eagle article about the encouraging decision.,607323

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VIM is Needed Now More than Ever

Since we opened our doors in 2004, VIM has evolved along with the changing demographics of the county while staying true to our mission of providing access to free, comprehensive healthcare to qualifying adults in the region.  Today, more than half of our patients are foreign born.  Before the coronavirus hit, most of them were working multiple part-time jobs, and all of them were struggling to pay the bills each month.  Now, these people are among the first to have been laid off from the restaurants, resorts and cultural institutions that we treasure…many with no access to stimulus funds or unemployment checks.  Additional local workers are losing their jobs too, along with their employer-provided health insurance.  VIM is responding to meet the moment. VIM Stepped Up During the Pandemic In keeping with Massachusetts state guidelines regarding the coronavirus, VIM is gradually expanding our in-clinic services.  Throughout the pandemic, VIM’s staff

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