Mattie Lacewell has a history of social activism from her work with Fair Share to serving as the Director of he Upper Hill Resident Council, Inc. She retired from Monson Development Center where she worked as a Mental Health Care Administrator. Mattie has been a lifelong resident of Springfield with lineage roots of Alabama. Her activism was sparked from neighborhood concerns. She is a valued activist in the Greater Springfield MSAC Chapter, having served as Secretary and active member of the Membership Committee, and now as its Vice President. She has been serving this term and engaging in our “Bridge the Gap” healthcare campaign, raising the question to community and legislators alike, “If not now, then when?” Her voice helps to affirm, rearticulate, and publicly express the Elder Economic Security issue. She shares our Bridge the Gap message that 6 out of every 10 MA seniors living alone facing economic insecurity is “simply not acceptable.” When she isn’t active in her community and church groups, she spends time working in the garden, teaching youth bible school, and in local civic engagement.