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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, Set To Retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) Parker Hill Neighborhood Service Center has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money for both…

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ABCD’s Sharon Scott-Chandler to Succeed President/CEO John Drew

Action for Boston Community Development, a Boston-based nonprofit human services agency that helps low-income residents in Greater Boston to transition out of poverty, recently announced that John Drew, its president/CEO since 2009, will retire, to be succeeded by chief operating officer Sharon Scott-Chandler. Drew, now 85, who joined Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in 1971, said, “I have had a long…

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ABCD’s John Drew, tireless champion of the poor, is signing off

John Drew is probably one of the most influential Bostonians you don’t know much about. Which is a shame because — at the tender age of 84 — he is stepping down as the CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, better known as ABCD. It’s the city’s biggest and most durable antipoverty agency, a Swiss Army knife of social…

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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, set to retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) partner site at the Putnam Community Center in Jamaica Plain has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood.        Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they…

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In their words: what’s in your nonprofit’s strategic plan?

As part of the Business Journal’s special feature on the Future of Nonprofits, we asked a number of Boston nonprofit leaders about the view in their looking glass — their current priorities, how the public and private sectors can help, and how fundraising has changed in the Covid era. Here’s what they told us: What’s the most important item on your…

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Longtime ABCD leader John Drew to retire

John J. Drew, who has held leadership positions at the human services nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development, will retire next month after 13 years as president and CEO. Drew will be succeeded by ABCD’s executive vice president and COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, who the nonprofit said will be its first female Black leader in its six-decade history. Drew will retire…

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Charlestown Native and Longtime President and CEO of ABCD John Drew Set To Retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) John F. Kennedy Family Service Center office has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money…

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Wraparound Services Spotlighted for Community Action Month

May is Community Action Month, and Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts are raising awareness about the wraparound services they provide to low-income residents. Community Action was started in 1964 by the Johnson administration to fight poverty, and agencies have been working ever since to help folks – both in crisis situations and with economic empowerment. Sharon Scott-Chandler, executive vice president…

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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, Set To Retire

For decades East Boston’s Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) APAC office has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money for both heat…

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Hispanic-serving colleges in Mass. support Latino students, but some schools fall short

Leer en español. When Jennifer Reyes emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 2016, she wanted to make a better future for herself. Upon entering the United States, she listed a few of her goals: to continue her education, find a better job and make more money. But at the time, she couldn’t speak English. “One of the reasons why I…

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