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Local Papers Showcase Community Heroes 

Profiles of local heroes to be honored on Nov 6
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/26/2015 Categories: 2015 Community Heroes

Local publications are showcasing their Community Heroes who will be honored by ABCD on Nov 6th. 
Read each release below:

Dorchester

Charlestown

Chinatown

North End

ABCD Hosts Open House 

News Brief in the Bay State Banner
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/26/2015 Categories: ABCD Dorchester Roxbury

News Brief from the Bay State Banner on the Roxbury/ North Dorchester Open House held Thursday, October 22nd. Read more here.

John J. Drew, President and CEO, on BNN discussing the Roxbury Open House and other issues 

Boston Neighborhood Network video interview
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/26/2015 Categories: Roxbury

President and CEO John Drew talks with Christopher Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network about the new NOC opening in Roxbury/North Dorchester. See the full interview here.

Incomes rise, but many Mass. families still in need 

By Katie Johnston, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/13/2015 Categories: ABCD

The number of people served annually by the antipoverty agency Action for Boston Community Development has grown to a projected 108,000 clients this fiscal year from fewer than 95,000 in 2010. John Drew, ABCD’s chief executive, said the gap between haves and have-nots has become more “startling” over the years, with pockets of intense poverty around the city.

Indeed, the only segment of wage earners in Massachusetts that experienced statistically significant growth in income between 2013 and 2014 were households earning more than $200,000 a year, growing by nearly one percentage point, according to the census data.

“We haven’t changed really any of our real structures that will help alleviate poverty and child poverty,” Drew said. “We’re triaging it, we’re doing our best to make people not fall off the map, we’re doing our best to make sure they don’t freeze in the winter and don’t starve.”

But, he said, ‘We’re not solving problems.” Read more here.

Photo and caption – Hoop Dreams 

from the Bay State Banner
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/13/2015 Categories: Governor Charlie Baker Hoop Dreams

Los Angeles Clippers basketball coach Doc Rivers chats with Gov. Charlie Baker during the annual Action for Boston Community Development Hoop Dreams event that raised funds for Greater Boston community programs. Rivers flew in from L.A. to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the event at TD Garden and to join other supporters such as Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang, Celtics coach Brad Stevens and sports writer Bob Ryan. See more here.

Heating oil prices at their lowest since 2009 

By Jay Fitzgerald and Jack Newsham, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/13/2015 Categories: ABCD Fuel Assistance LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Winter Emergency Campaign

For low-income families, the decline in heating oil prices could take some pressure off tight household budgets, offsetting rising rents and electric bills, said John Drew, president of Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, a nonprofit antipoverty agency that provides heating assistance in the Boston area. More than 180,000 households in Massachusetts qualify for federal heating assistance, and lower fuel oil prices mean their grants would buy more, Drew said.

“It helps offset all the other costs in their lives,” he said. “That’s the one dividend they have, that oil hasn’t gone up.” Read more here.

Hoop Dream event benefited Dorchester Academy 

from the Dorchester Reporter
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/13/2015 Categories: Governor Charlie Baker Hoop Dreams

“Our work in this high school must go far beyond the classroom,” said ABCD president John Drew. “We will work with families, providing help with food, fuel and family income stabilization. We will provide counseling related to trauma, substance abuse and other issues. We will prepare youngsters for careers and the world of work.” Read more here on page 7.

Mayor Walsh declares August 28 ‘Foster Grandparent Day’ in Boston - ABCD Recognizes Key Partners 

from Sampan
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/13/2015 Categories: Foster Grandparents Program

On August 28, ABCD will celebrate the Foster Grandparent Program’s 50th anniversary with a social media campaign via Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, honoring the contribution of Foster Grandparents to children and society and thanking the 50-plus Boston-area community partners that make the program possible. Presentations to several community partner honorees will traverse the globe via social media.

“We’re using 21st century social media to celebrate a heartwarming social program that began 50 years ago, before tweeting or YouTube existed,” said Nicci Meadow, ABCD Foster Grandparent Program Director.

“We want the world to know how valuable this program is,” said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. “And social media can help make that happen. This program couldn’t work without the committed participation of our community partners and we’re proud to honor them on this all-important anniversary.”

Read more here.