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ABCD: Join Our Team of Early Childhood Professionals! 

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Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2015

"Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) Head Start and Children’s Services programs serve low-income children and their families, offering a variety of early childhood education, health, and case management services at sites throughout Boston and now serving Malden, Everett, Medford and surrounding towns." read more.

ABCD: Join Our Team of Early Childhood Professionals! 

Ad: Bay State Banner
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2015

"Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) Head Start and Children’s Services programs serve low-income children and their families, offering a variety of early childhood education, health, and case management services" read more.

VIDEO: Federal cuts impact winter heating assistance for needy Boston residents 

by Kerry Kavanaugh of FOX25
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/10/2015 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

BOSTON – Federal budget cuts are having a big impact on many low income Boston residents that rely on assistance for winter heating.

We're talking about a cut of about $200 this winter. The group we spoke with says it's possible the maximum amount of families can receive this year won't get them through this winter season.

Watch the video here.

Thanksgiving dinner held for motel-bound homeless 

by Astead W. Herndon, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/10/2015 Categories: Allston-Brighton Thanksgiving

Elizabeth Tyler struggled to close the Styrofoam to-go container for her slices of sweet potato, apple, pecan, pumpkin, and pumpkin chiffon pies, but you could hardly blame her for trying.

Tyler, a 33-year-old mother of four, said she had been homeless for the past two months, after her family was evicted from their apartment in Charlestown.

Over the past two months, Tyler has lived in a motel, which means cooking meals in a microwave and washing items in the bathtub, she said. But for a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoon at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview in Brighton, Tyler did not have a single chore on her plate — just turkey, dressing, and lots of desserts.

“My kids are having fun, and everyone here is open arms and smiles. No one is judging you or looking down on you,” Tyler said. “It makes you feel good."

Read more of the story here.

Treating Poverty: A Personal Recollection from the Early History of Community Health Centers in Boston 

by John J. Drew - President and CEO, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/4/2015

Official history never quite captures the whole story.

Sometimes, we need the memories of those who were there to really understand. And that’s especially true of great public institutions like Community Health Centers. It’s hard to imagine our city without them—but I remember when they didn’t exist. And I remember how ABCD, Boston’s Community Action Agency, not only helped start the first Community Health Centers, but stepped in, more than once, to make sure they survived.

The sixties were a difficult time in America’s cities, full of protest and racial strife. Out of that unrest, new ideas were emerging. While no one had yet said, “Black lives matter,” some were acting in that spirit. But the new ideas were fragile, struggling for life. One such idea was the dream of community health centers,—places that would finally do something about the fact that, as Dr Jack Geiger said, “The poor get sicker and the sick get poorer.”

This was one of the most audacious ideas to come out of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA) created many …

Read the rest of John J. Drew's essay by clicking here.

Join Boston Social Athletes For Their 2nd Annual Fitness Toy Drive This Wednesday 

by Caroline Earle - BostInno
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/1/2015

"With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and the holidays on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about gifting, giving and what this time of year truly symbolizes." read more.