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Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)



Email: (Bowdoin-Geneva); (Mattapan)


The Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), a cross-departmental group representing Public Works, Transportation, Inspectional Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, seeks to address the local and specific issues affecting Boston's neighborhoods. Meeting with residents, community organizations, and numerous municipal bodies, the Team will focus on basic city services and improvements such as street lighting and sidewalk repairs, prioritizing trash and debris removal, and cracking down on problem properties and health and safety violations.

As of Nov. 2011, there are three regular NRT meetings, to address Mattapan, Codman Square, and Four Corners; Dudley Square and Blue Hill Ave.; and the Bowdoin-Geneva areas. The meetings are co-chaired, with one chair representing an official body (such as the Office of Health and Human Services) and other representing area residents. 

The Mattapan/Codman Square/Four Corners meeting covers city services, with (as of Nov. 2011) a noted emphasis on foreclosure/absenteeism.

Likewise, the Dudley/Blue Hill Ave. meeting covers city services. Prostitution is seen to be particularly bad problem in the area and many interdepartmental actions have worked to address this issue (as of Nov. 2011).

The Bowdoin-Geneva meeting incorporates human services in addition to city services, with an emphasis on youth development and violence prevention -- specifically, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative. See a release on the formation of the Bowdoin-Geneva NRT here.

Key Partners: 

City Agencies:

Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Code Enforcement, Department of Neighborhood Development, Inspectional Services, Jobs and Community Services, Office of Human Services, Office of Neighborhood Services, Mayor's Office, Public Works Department, others?


Community Organizations and Collaborations:

Bowdoin Geneva Violence Intervention and Prevention, Upham's Corner Violence Intervention and Prevention,
United Neighbors Association (UNA), 4-Street Crime Watch, 

Bird Street Community Center, College Bound Dorchester, Family Nurturing Center, Roxbury Resource Center,


Faith-based: First Parish Church in Dorchester, St. Peter's Parish, 


Main Streets:

Bowdoin-Geneva Main Street
Four Corners Main Street


Bowdoin Street Health Center

Partial list!

Key Programs Offered: 

Biweekly meetings; neighborhood walkthroughts; forum for cross-departmental, cross-sector collaboration and neighborhood improvement.


Boston United for Students


Boston United for Students is a broad-based coalition committed to improving the quality of the educational experience for all Boston students and teachers. We believe that there is an urgency to significantly improve student achievement so that Boston public school students graduate college ready and career prepared. We know that achieving these goals will require a fundamental change in the next Boston teachers' contract to create new working relationships and operational flexibility that will enable students and teachers to meet the challenges of public education in the 21st Century. Our drive for student success is not limited to changes in the teachers' contract. It also includes advocacy for improved administrative practices and earnest implementation of current and new contract reform measures.

Key Partners: 

For a list of member organizations, visit

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit make your voices heard, the community is also urged to call, email or fax the School Committee (telephone) 617-635-9014 (fax): 617-635-9689,

Community supporters also can call the Boston Teachers’ Union at (617)288–2000, fax: (617)288–0024. Advocates can also make their voices known to the City Council at (617)635-3040 or the Mayor’s Office at Boston City Hall, (617)635-3151.

To contact us


Boston Parent-Child Home Program

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts
200 Bowdoin St. Boston, MA 02122


617-474-1143 x 229


What is the Boston Parent-Child Home Program?

• It is an innovative, home-based literacy program that promotes a “learning through play” experience for parents and their preschool children.
• It develops a child’s language and literacy skills, as well as their social-emotional development through positive parent-child interactions.
• It prepares children for academic success.
• It helps parents to realize their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

Boston PCHP is free for eligible Boston area families with children between the ages of 18 months to 2-1/2. We provide the family with a trained home visitor who will visit with the parent and child twice a week. Together, the home visitor and parent discover ways to encourage verbal interaction and creative play using books and toys that the family gets to keep. Visits are not only educational, but fun! For more information, call Lydia Brown Boston PCHP Coordinator 617 474-1143 x229 or email

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

FLASH Program (managed by Crittenton Women's Union)


Project Bread


617-723-5000 (Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333)


Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm


Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts.


Project Bread 145 Border St
East Boston, MA 02128
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year more than 400 emergency food programs in 128 communities statewide. Over the last four years, the organization has invested over $2 million in grants to community organizations that feed children where they live, learn, and play.

Chefs in Schools Initiative Project Bread’s Chefs in Schools provides healthy, cost-effective meals to kids during the school day. The bill, "An Act Relative to School Nutrition," calls for meals to be evaluated for scaling up throughout the Commonwealth. The school meal program is a reliable and predictable system that provides free breakfast and lunch to the most vulnerable children in the Commonwealth. School meals are a primary source of nutrition for low-income children, providing up to 55 percent of their daily caloric intake, and the Chefs in Schools Program links good cooking with real food and serves up meals that kids like to eat. For the past four years, the program has operated in the Boston Public Schools, expanding from two to eight elementary, middle, and high schools. This year it is also expanding across the state!

Project Bread FoodSource Hotline Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is the only information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger. The Hotline respond to over 37,000 calls a year from people across the state struggling to feed their families. Counselors refer callers to food resources in their community and give them information about food stamps and other nutrition programs. The hotline can help families in 160 launguages - from Arabic to Vietnamese. Call: 1-800-645-8333 (deaf services; 1-800-377-1292)


Newcomers Academy



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


* Deliver high-quality education
* Accelerate English language acquisition
* Develop academic content vocabulary and higher level thinking skills
* Promote the development of social and academic skills students will need when entering district high schools
* Build a foundation for long-term academic and socio-cultural success
* Serve as a learning site for best practices in educating secondary school English language learners with interrupted schooling or gaps in their formal education.


100 Maxwell St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

* University of Massachusetts Boston
* Boston University
* Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians
* Local social service agencies

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

All students new to the Boston Public Schools must visit a Family Resource Center with the appropriate paperwork to begin the registration process. English Language Learners are identified through a home language survey and testing provided at the Newcomer Assessment and Counseling Center. Students who meet the criteria for Newcomers Academy will be informed about the program. All students will complete a choice form to select a diploma-granting high school as well.

Students may attend Newcomers Academy for one semester or up to two calendar years, depending on the academic need, before enrolling in a diploma-granting high school. Newcomers Academy staff will continue to monitor students’ progress after they have left the program.

Key Programs Offered: 

All students engage in rigorous coursework, including:
* Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) and Literacy development; and
* Sheltered instruction in English, Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, Arts and Physical Education.

Students participate in field trips and community service to support their transition to life in Boston. Instruction takes place during the school day (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.), with additional support available on Saturdays and during the summer.

Student progress is assessed through a variety of measures, including:
* MCAS exams, such as MELA-O and MEPA to assess reading, writing, speaking and listening skills;
* Math notebooks;
* Reading and writing assignments;
* Community service participation; and
* Exit portfolio.


Mather Elementary School




We welcome all students to the Mather school, where effective teaching and learning prepares all students to reach high levels of achievement. As we strive to reach proficiency for all, students will go home each and every day knowing more than they did the day before.


1 Parish Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

College Bound Dorchester, Boston Visual Thinking Strategies Consortium, City Year, Staples, Boston Freedom Trail Foundation, America SCORES, Target, Heart of America Foundation, Boston Schoolyard Initiative, UMass Boston, The Windsor School, Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE), Boston Teacher Residency, The BELL Foundation, The Home for Little Wanderers, Arbour Counseling Services, ReadBoston, Boston Shines, First Parish Church, Chadwick Martin Bailey


The Mather School is the oldest free public elementary school in North America.

Boston Public Schools Family Resource Centers


(617) 635-8015


(617) 635-6407


Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


Dorchester, Roslindale and Roxbury Welcome Centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays Noon-7pm.
The East Boston Welcome Center is open only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30am-5pm except in January and late August, when it is also open on Wednesdays 12-7pm. 
The Mattapan Welcome Center typically open on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30am-5pm, istemporarily closed.
*note: the number listed above is for the Dorchester Resource Center

Families with a child new to the Boston Public Schools can register at one of our Family Resource Centers (FRC). Feel free to visit whichever center is most convenient; you are not limited to the center in your zone of residence. 



(617) 635-8015 
Campbell Resource Center
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, 02125
(next to Burger King) 
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese


(617) 635-9010
Bruce C. Bolling Building (Dudley Sq.)
2300 Washington St. 2nd floor, Roxbury, 02119
Help in Cantonese, English, Haitian creole, Mandarin and Spanish 


(617) 635-8040
Jennie Barron Bldg.
515 Hyde Park Ave.
Roslindale, 02131
(near Cummins Hwy.)
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, French, Haitian creole, Portuguese and Spanish 

East Boston (Mondays and Tuesdays, starting August 25)

(617) 635-9597
Mario Umana Academy
312 Border St.
East Boston, 02128
Help in English and Spanish 

Mattapan (Thursdays and Fridays)

(617) 635-9596
Mildred Ave K-8, Rear Entrance
5 Mildred Avenue
Help in English, Haitian, Cape Verdean Creole and Spanish


1216 Dorchester Avenue (Behind the Burger King)
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Boston Public Schools Family Resource Center


Confused? You may have been looking for the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, a program of Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts.

GoKids Boston


(617) 287-5437

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

11am to 7pm Membership hours 4pm to 6pm


At GoKids Boston, our mission is kids. We are driven to improve the health, wellness, and overall outlook for adolescents, pre-teens and teens. We provide kids personalized instruction and support to become more physically active, improve fitness, eat nutritiously, and gain self-confidence. We are proud to be a part of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We embrace the University’s urban mission, and focus on reducing health-disparities in underserved families.


UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Children’s Hospital Boston and UMass Boston

Key Programs Offered: 

Clinical referral program (through Children Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center); and General Membership program

Brookview House Inc



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


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.


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: 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.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Walter Denney Youth Center




Office Manager Tara Lewis,

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday - Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

July 7 - August 15
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday – Friday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM


To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community.

Our Boys & Girls Clubs Provide
A safe place to learn and grow.
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
Hope and opportunity.


Boys and Girls Club, Walter Denney Youth Center
270 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club has an "open door" policy. Members are well supervised while in the program areas, but may come and go as they please. The membership fee for all ages is just $5.00 per year, or $10.00 per year for immediate family members registering at the same time. All members must furnish proof of age when signing up.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.)
Cadets: ages 8 - 9
Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17
After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. The orientations are held according to the following schedule:

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 (September 8 – July 1)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Summer 2008 (July 5 – September 8)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
9:15 – Friday
9:30 - Monday & Wednesday
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Partnership with Berklee College of Music

Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 


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