Marie Cassidy

Mystic Valley Opportunity Center

“I get to see families grow, and sometimes stumble, but pick themselves up and grow again. I get to be a part of that magic. And it is magic. There’s an ever changing nature and excitement that comes with bringing voices to families and parents that don’t think they have a voice. Everyday I’m amazed by the strength people bring to their struggles. But with authentic and sincere support, lives can be turned around for the better.”

Marie Cassidy has been running the Medford Family Network for 25 years. Throughout her career she has been a tireless advocate for children and families. Marie specializes in organizing community collaborative efforts and creating programs that provide leadership opportunities for parents, to help families connect with resources, and thrive within their communities.

While in Medford she has developed free English classes, family summer concerts, evening and weekend play groups, workshops for teen parents and grandparents raising grandchildren, and much more.

ABCD is fortunate to be included on her extensive list of community resources.

A great number of ABCD families have benefited from and continue to take part in the strength-based programs offered at the Medford Family Network.

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Special honoree and community hero portraits by

Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios