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ABCD served over 100,000 clients in FY2015 through an array of programs that helped them to access work, school, and the benefits they need to stabilize their families and move towards self-sufficiency.
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ABCD provides services at its central offices and through a citywide network of neighborhood-based service centers. ABCD programs and services assist low-income residents of Boston to stabilize and improve their lives, and move out of poverty. In 2015 these services reached 101,590 low-income individuals and 76,055 households, and included:
- ASSET DEVELOPMENT: Helped 5,122 households with free tax assistance, returning $7,944,222 to poor communities in refunds and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
- EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE: Reached 3,762 pre-schoolers, infants, and toddlers with Head Start. Helped 7,380 families access child care through referral and voucher programs.
- EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ADULTS: Provided 766 individuals with ESOL courses. 189 students graduated with Associates Degrees or certificates. Provided 434 students with job assistance, and helped 284 obtain jobs.
- ELDER SERVICES: Helped 798 seniors maintain independent lives through case management and other services. 245 seniors received hot meals and snacks and 300 seniors received food through the Senior Brown Bag Program. 111 seniors participated in exercise and wellness classes and 258 participated in activities that reduced social isolation.
- ENERGY ASSISTANCE: Assisted 20,703 households obtain LIHEAP benefits, provided 18,623 households with cost-effective efficiency improvements or replacement opportunities; helped 1,123 lower their energy bills with weatherization services and heating system upgrades and 2,256 single family households received appliance audits and product upgrades.
- FOOD SECURITY: Provided 489,660 meals to children in Head Start, reached 3,665 families through emergency food pantries, distributed 822,761 pounds of food and helped 104 households obtain Food Stamp benefits.
- HEALTH SERVICES: Reached 27,985 individuals with disease prevention and reproductive health care. 2,912 HIV tests provided to community members. Provided 2,671 vision tests, 3,762 hearing screenings and 756 dental exams to pre-schoolers, infants, and toddlers.
- HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION SERVICES: Helped 55 families prevent foreclosure, provided housing assistance and stabilization services to 1,875 households, provided 105 homeless families with emergency shelter and helped 441 households obtain or maintain housing.
- IMMIGRATION SERVICES: Helped 575 individuals complete US citizenship applications, assisted 335 individuals obtain US citizenship and 35 individuals obtain permanent residency.
- VOLUNTEER SUPPORT: 1,989 volunteers donated 181,927 hours to ABCD and our customers which allowed ABCD to provide an additional $650,608 in resources.
- YOUTH PROGRAMS: Educated 192 youth in alternative high schools and connected 990 youth with summer employment and 173 youth with year-round employment.
- HOLIDAY JOY: Holiday toys were given to 5,700 children. Provided 690 families with 11,874 pounds of food for the holidays through the Holiday Meals Program. 99 families participated in the ABCD Adopt-a-Family program.
- SIGNATURE EVENTS: Winter Emergency Campaign, Holiday Toys and Adopt-a-Family Campaigns, Field of Dreams, Hoop Dreams, and Community Awards Dinner.