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ABCD Provides Emergency & limited Services in Response to COVID-19 – in detail

This information is current as of 3/31/20. Please check back here for the latest information or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation changes frequently. Due to the escalating threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Emergency in Massachusetts,  ABCD will continue to fulfill our commitment to serving those most in need in…

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Letters to the editor (The Boston Herald)

Kudos for means-tested T fares Although I respect the opinion that the costs of discounted MBTA fares for low-income riders would be high as expressed in the Feb.28, 2020 editorial “Lost revenue from low T fares must be recouped,” I applaud the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board and other key stakeholders and advisers who are intently focused on solving…

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Ostiguy and University High Schools Celebrate Generous Grant Support

Students at ABCD’s two alternative high schools, Ostiguy High and University High, come from an array of backgrounds, but they all share one trait in common: a desire to get their lives back on track and to enter adulthood with all of the tools they need to succeed. ABCD is proud to be there for these students as they work…

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How Doc Rivers Is Helping Fight Poverty While Leading the Clippers

Doc Rivers has built the Clippers into a legitimate title contender, while fighting for anti-poverty organizations that can’t fight for themselves. Following last night’s win against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Clippers sit third in the Western Conference with a 38-19 record and continue their pursuit of the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship. But basketball is not the only priority on…

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Lovin’ Spoonfuls Holds Cooking Demo at ABCD Neighborhood Center

The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) was pleased to have its partner Lovin’ Spoonfuls conduct a nutrition/healthful cooking workshop to the seniors. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. They deliver this food weekly in trucks to community organizations like the NE/WE NSC, which…

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Liberty Mutual Insurance announces 19 East Boston community grants

East Boston APAC’s parent agency, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), has received a grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance to address youth homelessness in Eastie and across Boston ABCD will be part of a $5 million effort by Liberty to support organizations in greater Boston working to reduce and end youth homelessness. ABCD was one of 19 organizations to receive…

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ABCD Ready to Help with Heating Assistance

Kathy Tobin of ABCD talks about its fuel assistance program and how to apply. Home heating assistance is critical during these cold winter months. Although the temperatures haven’t been that low this season, a cold house can still be uncomfortable and dangerous for families, elders and children. Watch the video below to learn more about ABCD Fuel Assistance and how to apply….

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PRESS RELEASE: ABCD Urges Families in Need to APPLY Now for Heating Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2020 Months of winter cold ahead put Massachusetts’ most vulnerable low-income elders, children, and families at serious risk 20,000 households statewide are already out of home heating oil and will be left in the cold without more help ABCD urges residents in need to APPLY NOW! CONTACT: Cherrelle Norris: 617.455.7212 (mobile) Lee Phenner: 339.368.1140 (mobile) (BOSTON,…

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ABCD North End/West End Service Center Holiday Party

  Over 60 members of the community, nearly all of them seniors from the North End and West End neighborhoods, came to the center at 1 Michelangelo Street in the North End for a feast of chicken with all the trimmings, topped off by a typical Italian panettone and coffee. Each senior received a holiday gift that included toiletries, cooking…

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ABCD Awarded Grant to Support Expansion of ESOL Program

ABCD has recently been notified of a generous grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to expand the capacity of its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. The new DESE grant supports a 33% increase in capacity through the addition of five classes, enabling 72 additional students to enroll in classes. ABCD currently offers…

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