ABCD Impact

Did You Know?

ABCD served over 100,000 clients in FY2014 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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Our Clients

ABCD serves Boston's low-income individual and families through a network of Neighborhood Service Centers, Area Planning and Action Councils, Head Start sites, and affiliates in every neighborhood. Basic demographic data shows that in FY 2014:

  • 75.8% of our clients were female; 47% of these were single mothers
  • 35.5% of clients were between 24 and 44 years old
  • 36% were Black
  • 29.6% were Hispanic
  • 18% were Asian
  • 75% lived at 125% of Federal Poverty Level or below
  • 70% of clients had a high school diploma or less, and 32% had less than a high school education
  • 75% of households that received services at ABCD are working poor

Our Reach

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 2014 these services reached 99,051 low-income individuals and 68,401 households, and included:

  • Energy Assistance: Assisted 20,109 households apply for LIHEAP, provided 22,000 households with cost effective efficiency improvement or replacement opportunities, helped 1,334 lower their energy bills with weatherization services and heating system upgrades and 2,226 single family households received appliance audits and product upgrades.
  • Housing & Homelessness Prevention Services: Helped 48 families prevent foreclosure, provided housing assistance and stabilization services to 951, provided 58 homeless families with emergency shelter, supported 55 with emergency rent or mortgage assistance, and helped 517 obtain or maintain housing.
  • Food Security: Provided 23,000 meals to Head Start children every week, reached 2,972 families through emergency food pantries, distributing 738,211 pounds of food and helped 105 obtain Food Stamp benefits.
  • Health Services: Reached 26,598 individuals with disease prevention and reproductive health care. Helped 218 obtain health insurance. 2,090 pre-schoolers, infants, and toddlers received medical and dental screenings.
  • Education & Career Development for Adults: Reached 44 adults with ABE/GED services and 826 with ESOL courses. 138 students graduated with Associates Degrees or certificates. Provided 473 with job assistance, and helped 249 obtain jobs.
  • Immigration Services: Helped 715 individuals complete US citizenship applications, assisted 208 individuals obtain US citizenship and 9 individuals obtain permanent residency.
  • Youth Programs: Educated 125 youth in alternative high schools and connected 1,082 with summer and 21 with year-round employment.
  • Elder Services: Helped 556 seniors maintain independent lives through case management and other services.
    167 seniors received hot meals and snacks and 391 seniors received food through the Senior Brown Bag Program. 180 senior participated in exercise and wellness classes and 173 participated in activities that reduced social isolation.
  • Early Childhood Education & Care: Reached 3,467 pre-schoolers, infants, and toddlers with Head Start. Helped 8,634 families access child care through referral and voucher programs.
  • Asset Development: Helped 4,846 households with free tax assistance, returning $7,318,568 to poor communities in refunds and Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Volunteer Support: 744 volunteers donated 21,870 hours to ABCD and our customers which allowed ABCD to provide an additional $349,920.
  • Holiday Joy: Holiday toys were given to 5,700 children. Provided 561 families with 9,931 pounds of food for the holidays through the Holiday Meals Program. 58 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.

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