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November 12, 2015

Not long into retirement, Carol Stamper realized she is not the retiring type.

So when the grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of three, left her last job in the computer industry, she started looking for a new place to report each morning. She found her new vocation at the William Monroe Trotter Innovation School in Dorchester.

That move, made a little over a decade ago, has proven its worth.

Read the rest of the article here.

October 26, 2015

Local publications are showcasing their Community Heroes who will be honored by ABCD on Nov 6th. 
Read each release below:




North End

October 26, 2015

News Brief from the Bay State Banner on the Roxbury/ North Dorchester Open House held Thursday, October 22nd. Read more here.

October 26, 2015

President and CEO John Drew talks with Christopher Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network about the new NOC opening in Roxbury/North Dorchester. See the full interview here.

October 13, 2015

The number of people served annually by the antipoverty agency Action for Boston Community Development has grown to a projected 108,000 clients this fiscal year from fewer than 95,000 in 2010. John Drew, ABCD’s chief executive, said the gap between haves and have-nots has become more “startling” over the years, with pockets of intense poverty around the city.

Indeed, the only segment of wage earners in Massachusetts that experienced statistically significant growth in income between 2013 and 2014 were households earning more than $200,000 a year, growing by nearly one percentage point, according to the census data.

“We haven’t changed really any of our real structures that will help alleviate poverty and child poverty,” Drew said. “We’re triaging it, we’re doing our best to make people not fall off the map, we’re doing our best to make sure they don’t freeze in the winter and don’t starve.”

But, he said, ‘We’re not solving problems.” Read more here.

October 13, 2015

Los Angeles Clippers basketball coach Doc Rivers chats with Gov. Charlie Baker during the annual Action for Boston Community Development Hoop Dreams event that raised funds for Greater Boston community programs. Rivers flew in from L.A. to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the event at TD Garden and to join other supporters such as Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang, Celtics coach Brad Stevens and sports writer Bob Ryan. See more here.

October 13, 2015

For low-income families, the decline in heating oil prices could take some pressure off tight household budgets, offsetting rising rents and electric bills, said John Drew, president of Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, a nonprofit antipoverty agency that provides heating assistance in the Boston area. More than 180,000 households in Massachusetts qualify for federal heating assistance, and lower fuel oil prices mean their grants would buy more, Drew said.

“It helps offset all the other costs in their lives,” he said. “That’s the one dividend they have, that oil hasn’t gone up.” Read more here.

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