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 …

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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. 

There’s an ‘R word’ that’s not in this woman’s vocabulary - Profile of ABCD Hero Carol Stamper 

By Adrian Walker, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/12/2015 Categories: 2015 Community Heroes ABCD Foster Grandparents Program

Not long into retirement, Carol Stamper realized she is not the retiring type.

So when the grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of three, left her last job in the computer industry, she started looking for a new place to report each morning. She found her new vocation at the William Monroe Trotter Innovation School in Dorchester.

That move, made a little over a decade ago, has proven its worth.

Read the rest of the article here.

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:




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.

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