Drug money forfeited being used to help the community

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office awarded three grants for a total of $30,000 to programs in Springfield.

Square One will use the grant for a supervised visitation program for parents whose children are in D.C.F. custody.  It will allow for more visits between parents and children while their parents are in recovery.

The YMCA of Greater Springfield will split their money between an inner-city youth summer camp and the Mason Square Youth Boxing Program.

According to Springfield Police Lt. Rupert Daniel, “All this time, when you’re a police officer, you just want something else you can do with these kids, then the district attorney came and helped me out and it’s been phenomenal.”

“It’s helped me and my family, the workers at Square one advocate for us moms with D.C.F. and other organizations,” said Samantha Fruwirth of Northampton.

The grants come from money and property that had to be forfeited to the courts after a criminal drug conviction. Each program received $10,000.

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