Amy Lima to Leave Post at APAC 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/28/2014 Categories: ABCD

by John Lynds, East Boston Times - Free Press, August 26, 2014

While John White has been the unofficial face behind East Boston APAC since the 1970s, one of the neighborhood’s most vital social service programs, Amy Lima was the agency’s heart.

Since 1996, Lima, a lifelong Eastie resident who recently moved to Saugus, dedicated her time and energy to helping underprivileged families in the neighborhood. It was the same neighborhood where Lima was born and raised.

However, after 18 years on the job Lima is leaving her post as APAC’s executive director for a job with Saugus Public Schools.

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East Boston APAC Community Hero Mary Cahalane to be honored at ABCD Community Awards  

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/27/2014

A life-long East Boston resident and Boston Public School teacher for 32 years, Mary Cahalane has devoted her life to helping the community. read more.

Boston Police Work to Improve Relationship with Community 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Paul Burton of WBZ-TV, August 16, 2014

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Teens in Mattapan Finish Summer Jobs 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014

by Boston Neighborhood Network Television, August 16, 2014

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SummerWorks Program Helps Kids Fight for a Better Life 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Jessica Heslam, Boston Herald, August 16, 2014

Growing up in Dorchester, Tina Lewis-Ware watched her single mother scramble to pay the bills and raise four daughters. Her mom had dropped out of high school, worked at a dry cleaners and tirelessly cooked and cleaned.

“I used to hate seeing her struggle,” Tina recalled yesterday.

Yesterday, Tina was among 150 youngsters honored at the Mattapan Family Service Center for taking part in this year’s SummerWorks program run by Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).

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ABCD's SummerWorks is More Than a Job 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Adrian Walker, Boston Globe, August 8, 2014

If there’s one thing John Drew never gets tired of, it’s his summer jobs program.

Drew has spent well over 40 years at Action for Boston Community Development, the antipoverty agency where he is the chief executive. ABCD’s good works are almost too many to mention here, but among those good deeds is introducing young people to the world of work.

Boston is filled with examples of Summerworks grads who went on to success. “Billy Evans told me this was his first job,” Drew said Thursday of the city’s police commissioner. “Felix Arroyo was in this program as a teenager. So was Tito Jackson,” said Drew, referring to the city health chief and city counselor, respectively. “Of course, some of the kids have gone to jail, too.”

Drew was at the Prince Hall Lodge in Grove Hall, at a ceremony honoring the 1,300 young people who work for the agency this year. They make minimum wage, doing anything from picking up trash to counseling kids.

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