Families

Center for Community Health, Education & Research (CCHER)

Phone: 

(617) 265-0628

Mission: 

The mission of the Center for Community Health, Education & Research Inc (CCHER) is to advocate on behalf of families and their children for public health policies and services that will, over time, have long term benefits for them and the larger community. Our focus is to serve linguistically, culturally and socially challenged new immigrant, underprivileged and underserved residents in the greater Boston and the surrounding communities. We at CCHER believe that residents of a community can play an important role in organizing and advocating for efficient and affordable health care and health related services for their community.

Location

Center for Community Health, Education & Research
420 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States

St. Ambrose Family Shelter

Phone: 

617-288-7675

Mission: 

The goal of St. Ambrose Family Inn is to provide shelter, support, and hope for homeless families in transition.

Location

25 Leonard Street behind St. Ambrose Church
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

under Catholic Charities

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call.

Brookview House Inc

Phone: 

617-265-2965

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Contact Brookfield for information on year-round services. Summer Youth Program (Ages 6-12) M-F: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Mission: 

Established in 1990, the agency’s mission is to help homeless and at risk families learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. With sites in Roxbury and Dorchester, we provide a safe, community setting with customized services to give homeless moms and kids the help and skills they need to succeed. We believe: Family homelessness can be solved. Motivated homeless families can break the generational cycle of poverty if given the right resources: o A safe place to stay o Access to support, education, job and life skills training o Support for their children Children of all ages are traumatized by homelessness and poverty but with proper attention and support can thrive. Every homeless family needs a customized plan with concrete goals and support to become self-sufficient. Brookview House serves the following people: Women committed to do what it takes to lift their families out of homelessness. Their children, who have been traumatized by instability Children and adults in the community at risk of becoming homeless Brookview targets families -- more than a third of the homeless population - at risk of long-term public dependency, who demonstrate the capacity to move toward self-sufficiency.

Location

2 Brookview Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Brookview House conducts monthly tours to introduce people to our work. In just an hour you can hear from someone who has been through our program and tour our supportive housing and youth development space. Staff and Board members will also be on hand to answer questions and share their perspective on Brookview House. Tours take place at 2 Brookview Street in Dorchester from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For more information, call Mercedes Tompkins at (617) 265-2965 x 208 or E-mail: MTompkins@BrookviewHouse.org Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer at Brookview House, please submit your info in the form here.

Key Programs Offered: 

Affordable housing services, training and education (help moms develop skills so they can support their families), youth development, homelessness prevention and stabilization. Above & Beyond Programs Homework support, creative expression, arts & crafts, oral discussions, reading & writing assignments, technology and math exploration, field trips, dance & step, and snacks.

Created: 
11/03/2010

Project D.E.E.P

Phone: 

(617) 635-5027

Fax: 

(617) 635-5298

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Thursday: 3 - 8 p.m.;
Friday: 3- 6 p.m. (Subject to change)

Mission: 

Project D.E.E.P. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational program, which operates through collaborations with Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and charitable institutions like the Boston Foundation. The mission of the program is to foster the educational, athletic and social growth and development of middle school children of all races, creeds and ethnic backgrounds throughout the Dorchester community.

Project D.E.E.P. has been very lucky to receive the support of its community. From the area's elected officials to the local parents who wait in line for hours to sign up their children, all of Dorchester has supported the organization since day one. The staff has worked hard to develop a large and strong volunteer network, one that grows each year and makes programs like the tutorial component possible.

The people at Project D.E.E.P. truly care about the children. The organization's assets do not involve the awards it has received, but the dreams it watches over. Children everywhere have dreams, and Project D.E.E.P.'s main concern is that those dreams do not go to waste. That is why every child who takes part in Dorchester's ground-breaking educational outlet is treated as the most important person involved in the program.

Location

1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Sponsor a Student Program: Each year, middle school students from all over Boston struggle with their school work, the pressures of standardized testing, and the fear of getting into a good school. On top of these challenges, kids are also balancing friends, family and after school sports and activities. Thankfully, Project D.E.E.P. has been a shining resource in helping Dorchester students manage these responsibilities so that our students come out on top.

Created: 
05/06/2011

Countdown to Kindergarten

Phone: 

(617) 635-6816

Mission: 

Countdown to Kindergarten engages families, educators and the community in a citywide effort to enhance early learning opportunities and to support the transition into kindergarten. Mayor Menino, the Boston School Committee and Superintendent Johnson partner with 28 local organizations to implement a school readiness campaign that helps families participate actively in their children's education right from the start, understand the value of kindergarten, and learn how to choose schools and then register in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In Boston, our work has promoted teacher collaboration on school readiness issues; doubled the percent of families visiting schools to make informed registration decisions; and increased the percentage of children who enter BPS at kindergarten rather than first grade. It has also resulted in more schools being ready to engage families.

Location

Countdown to Kindergarten
26 Court Street 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Families should start preparing for Kindergarten (K1 for 4 year old and K2 for 5 year old) a full year in advance of their start date, which is the September before their child turns 4 or 5. For a few families, it may start sooner. Boston Public Schools (BPS) has a number of a very limited number of seats for K0 programs for children who are 3 by September 1. There are 75 Early Learning Centers, Elementary and K-8 schools in the City of Boston. Families can choose from a number of schools that are located in their ZONE.

Attend a Countdown to Kindergarten Information Session for answers to all your questions about BPS schools, the registration process and more. Starting in November, Information Sessions provide tips on the transition and kindergarten selection/enrollment process, along with suggested activities to help families prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten.

Key Programs Offered: 
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/05/2011

Dimock Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 442-8800 (x1324 for "General Information")

Email: 

contactdimock@dimock.org

Website: 
Mission: 

At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services

Location

Dimock Health Center
55 Dimock St
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Adult Basic Education and GED Services - ext 1219 For more than 30 years, Dimock has operated education and training programs to improve the quality of life of its students and their families. All programs are free to qualified applicants.GED programs are designed to prepare students for all areas of the GED exam. Adult Basic Education programs are planned to help students improve basic reading, writing and math skills. Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS Project (BPFAP) - ext 1331 Case Management Services - ext 1324 Case Management Services help those living with HIV/AIDS take better care of their health and organize their lives for the benefit of all those around them. Case manager make referrals about estate planning, help with health care proxies, etc. Community Care Center - ext 1324 Dimock Community Care Center’s HIV Services emerged in 1991 amidst a clear need in the community for AIDS-related services and was designed to reach a cross-section of people of color at varying risks for HIV/AIDS. Today, prevention and education staff, Case Managers, a Primary Medical Staff, as well as Dimock Substance Abuse and Mental Health departments work together to address the issues of those in our community who are at risk as well as those who are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Early Head Start - ext 1461 Early Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Early Head Start is for families with pregnant mothers and for parents with children ages 0-3.The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. Early Intervention Program - ext 1375 The Dimock Early Intervention Program provides a range of therapeutic service and support to children, from birth to age three, and their families. The Early Intervention Program is certified through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A goal of the program is to help a family support and sustain their child’s maximum developmental growth in the context of the family’s everyday life. All services are voluntary. GirlsWorld - ext 1437 GirlsWorld is a collaboration of Dimock Community Health Center and the Boston Institute for Arts Therapy. Two twelve-week sessions include four major components: Expressive Arts Groups, Academic Support, Mentoring, Community Service and a Physical Activity (ex. Golf, Basketball, Aerobics and Swimming). GirlsWorld grew out of services designed specifically for girls. Girlsworld motivates young women to develop their potential by remaining true to their dreams. Young women are encouraged to develop self-confidence and coping skills needed to resist negative peer pressure. Girl’s World provides a variety of creative outlets such as theater arts, photography and creative writing. Head Start - 617-822-4020, ext 19 Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Head Start is designed for families with children ages 3-5. The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services. HIV Counseling and Testing - ext 1324 HIV Counseling and Testing is available on an anonymous and confidential basis. All services are available in English and Spanish, both by walk-in or appointment. The Mary Eliza Mahoney Emergency Family House Shelter - ext 1151 The program is designed for families having difficulties in finding and securing safe affordable housing. While locating and securing safe, permanent housing for guests is the main focus, Mary Eliza Mahoney staff work to assist all families in navigating service-based programs both on and off campus. This new housing program provides food, shelter, health care, youth services and referral services for education, training and housing through pro-active case management. The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) - ext 1326 The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) provides health education and referrals to the Substance Abuse population, African American and Latino HIV positive men involved in the criminal justice system. Preschool - ext 1466 A center-based preschool educational program, Dimock’s Preschool is licensed to serve 95 at-risk 3 and 4 year old children, the program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, since 1996. The Preschool provides children with opportunities for learning and exploration as the foundation for the basic skills in language, reading, and problem-solving. Further it provides a rewarding and stimulating environment that is not only safe but challenging for youngsters and helps parents develop more effective strategies for dealing with children at home. Peer Leadership Program Dimock knows that youths have special needs and that sometimes it’s much easier to talk to another teen. Dimock’s Peer Leaders are an integral part of the planning, development, and delivery of services to youths. Using peer-to-peer discussions, interactive video, role-plays, and workshops they encourage discussion and awareness on a range of issues. SmartKids After School Program - ext 1463 The mission of the Smartkids After School Program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and their families. Our directors and staff are committed to fostering social, emotional and academic development. Working unified with families, city resources and communities and educators for the prosperity of our students and their futures. Smartkids provide a quality play based educational program to meet the academic needs of children. The staff recognizes each child as a unique individual with special needs and talents. We maintain a safe comfortable environment, which encourages respect for one’s self and others. The program is full year and offers a variety of activities, which includes, but not limited to Academic Enrichment, Culture and Arts, Physical activities, a computer Lab and a Library. We accept vouchers. Tae Kwon Do The Tae Kwon Do Program teaches youngsters (4-teenagers) how martial arts including sparring, weaponry and forms can be important for good physical health and discipline. This program promotes self-esteem, responsibility, and learning, in all of which empower youths to make healthy lifestyle choices. Youth Entrepreneurship Program This program helps youth build basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and encourages them to think creatively, make decisions, solve problems, and always be open to learning. Using entrepreneurship as a vehicle, the program captures and brings to life, often for the first time, the imaginations and abilities of low-income young people.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

Lena Park Community Development Corporation

Phone: 

617-533-8133

Website: 

www.lenaparkcdc.org

Mission: 

Lena Park's mission is to provide integrated programs and services which will strengthen families and build healthy communities for the residents of the City of Boston. Our vision is to be the premier provider of programs and services of excellence, building a stronger, healthier, more self-reliant community transforming the way families live, learn, and relate to each other and the larger community.

Location

Lena Park CDC
150 American Legion Highway
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Family Nurturing Center

Phone: 

(617) 474-1143

Fax: 

(617) 474-1261

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Mission: 

The FNC works with others to build nurturing communities where children are cherished, families are supported, and healthy human development is promoted by all.

Nurturing Programs bring parents and children together to learn, have fun, and build supportive relationships with other community families. These programs strengthen family relationships, improve parenting skills, and build a sense of community that makes it easier for families to withstand the stress of raising children. We work with housing communities, health centers, schools, community based organizations, child care programs, senior programs, volunteer groups, faith-based organizations, private and public institutions and others to achieve our mission.

Location

Family Nurturing Center
200 Bowdoin St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact the Family Nurturing Center, or check the get involved page.

Key Programs Offered: 

Nurturing Programs: validated, internationally recognized curricula that promote nurturing relationships among all family members while building community connections to support positive parenting. Offered in various forms for parents and children, fathers, teen parents, foster families, and the Cape Verdean community.

Training Programs: Trainings and workshops vary in length and are customized for each particular audience. FNC provides training in English, Spanish, and Cape Verdean Creole and will train at your site, ours, or another convenient location. FNC provides customized training programs and consultation in the following areas: Nurturing Program Development Trainings (including cultural adaptations) Family and Parenting Support (including fathers) Team Building Community and Program Development Early Childhood Development (including Infant Massage) Parent Leadership

Circles of Caring: FNC convenes groups of parents, child care providers, health care workers, and others to develop a shared vision for supporting families in their neighborhood. Then we work together to make that vision a reality.

Welcome Baby celebrates the birth of a baby, providing the family of the newborn with a beautiful basket full of gifts as well as valuable parenting information, safety items for the home, books to promote early literacy, and a community resource directory to link them to a variety of community supports. The program supports new parents at a critical time in their family's development, increasing their knowledge about what to expect and where to go for help, and links them to needed neighborhood resources.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Family Resource Center, Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, Family Nurturing Center

Created: 
03/02/2011
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