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Category: Costa’s Call


Can You Help A Determined Young Man Find a Job?

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO We all get to a point in our lives when we realize that nothing is free and everything requires hard work and determination. It is an especially poignant moment for our residents…

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Why this event is a time for action

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Students at Hillsides Education Center (HEC) commemorated the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting in solidarity with students from across the country with a memorial that recalled those who perished that…

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A New Approach to Handling the Unavoidable Trauma of Life

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Trauma is an unavoidable part of life. The critical issue is how to address it in such a way that its potential lingering effects are mitigated. The stories of the children, youth,…

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How One Youth’s Resourcefulness and Resilience Inspired An Entire Room

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Older generations sometimes look upon younger people as aimless and dependent, raising questions about what the future will bring when a younger generation assumes a role of leadership. Just as the skepticism…

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Students Demand an End to the Violence

The statistics are frightening; in the five years since the massacre at Sandy Hook there have been 239 school shootings, 438 children and staff shot, 138 murdered, and countless forever traumatized. It has become a ubiquitous preoccupation for many of…

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