Catholic Charities

Haitian Heritage Month at Haitian Multi Service Center | May 6

Catholic Charities Haitian Multi Service Center invites you to Celebration of Haitian Heritage Month. They will showcase Haitian culture, art, music, and culinary. Haitian Arts will be on display on that day at the center. 


When: Friday, May 6, 12:00pm-2:30pm

Where: 185 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02121

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Catholic Charities Turkey Sign Up For Families | Nov. 5 & 7

Catholic Charities Turkey Sign Up For Families | Nov. 5 & 7

Turkey Sign-Up For Families

Wed. Nov. 5
Fri. Nov. 7

 Catholic Charities Greater Boston
Haitian Multi Service Center
Yawkey Child Care Center

185 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02121
P: 617-506-6600-

In order to qualify:

-Family of 3 or more
-Proof of identification
-Proof of address
-Child/children must have MassHealth card


ESOL Information Session | July 17

Do you like helping people? Don't miss this information session about classes to improve your English and prepare for a JOB in human services! The information session will start at 10am on July 17 and will take place at 185 Columbia Road in Dorchester. This is a free 4-month class. Requirements for job: HS Diploma or GED, MA Drivers License or Permit, Legally able to work in the US, over 18 years of age, available from 9am to 2:30pm (Monday thru Thursday). For more info, contact 617-506-6910 or

Adult Education Programs | August 29 + 30


The Haitian Multi-Service Center will be hosting an Adult Education Program. This program will help Haitian adults as well as others with essential skills that will have life-long benefits. Some of the topics the program will cover is literacy and economic self-sufficiency. The program serves more than 400 Haitian adults each year throughout 19 classes. Each students sets his or her own goals and the teachers integrate those goals into the class curriculum. The classes will go for 12 weeks. There is an open, walk-in registration event on August 29 and August 30 from 11pm to 2pm at 185 Columbia Road, Dorchester MA. For more info, call 617-506-6600.

Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter's


(617) 282-3614

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Activities at the Teen Center begin at 4 p.m. with focus groups and homework help and continue into the evening with recreational activities.


A program of Catholic Charities Greater Boston, the Teen Center at St. Peter’s serves teens ages 15 to 19 from the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. There are approximately 200 members of the Teen Center, with as many as 80 participating in educational or recreational activities daily. Through the center, adolescents of the mid-Dorchester corridor are provided with work opportunities, have access to various support services, and have a safe place to recreate. Work and activities aim to provide the skills necessary for academic success, while also increasing self-esteem and enhancing the perception of teens as a positive force in the community. Catholic Charities’ Teen Center at St. Peter’s is part of a unique collaboration with St. Peter’s School and the Bowdoin Street After-School Program. The three programs, all housed in St. Peter’s School, have worked together to serve the families of the Bowdoin Street neighborhood for five years.


St. Peter's Church
278 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street After-School Program, Campaign for Catholic Schools, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB), St. Peter’s School, Yawkey Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Homework Help: Teens have a supervised time for homework, peer tutoring, and set times in the computer lab. School performance is reviewed and monitored. 
MCAS Preparation: Specialized and remedial tutoring is provided twice a week in math and English to prepare high school students for graduation requirements.
College Preparation: Tutoring is offered in both math and verbal skills to help with standardized tests. Workshops are provided on topics such as financial aid and application assistance. Tours of local colleges are arranged.
Computer Literacy: Classes focus on basic principles of word processing, spreadsheets, internet research, and web page design.
Focus Groups: A male and female focus group meets once a week to address adolescent developmental issues and the multiple challenges that confront youth today such as sexual activity, drugs/alcohol, family conflict, immigration issues and deportation, diversity and racism, gang participation, violence, and planning for the future.
Economic Literacy: These classes focus on managing money wisely. Teens set up a no cost bank account and learn to cut spending and increase savings.
Teen Center Council: Teens meet regularly to discuss pertinent issues affecting youth, seek resolution to conflict among members, and help develop and implement programs. Chosen leaders participate in the Teen Center Council and selected members will participate in the community’s Youth Council.
Performing Arts: Artistic programming throughout the year include classes in African Dance and expression through poetry and music.
Outdoor Education: In partnership with the Sierra Club, the Teen Center participates in hiking, canoeing, and over night camping trips in all of the New England area.
Recreational Activities: Planned activities include sports, dances, fashion shows, tournaments, cultural activities, and special field trips.
Youth Mediation: Trained by the Attorney General’s Office, teens help their peers resolve conflicts and disagreements without violence. This program offers students the skills needed to interact with each other at school, home, and in the community.
Counselors in Training: Counselors in Training are paid positions with job responsibilities in the St. Peter’s after-school program and the Teen Center, working 10-15 hours a week. Counselors help with the supervision of youth, homework, arts and crafts, and other projects. Counselors in Training are expected to perform well in school and take advantage of the Teen Center’s services.
Community Service: All teens have the opportunity to carry out supervised community service projects to increase their knowledge of the community and its needs, foster a sense of investment in their neighborhood, and develop positive values of service and contribution.
Family Fun Night: Events are held periodically offering games, cultural activities, and refreshments to involve members’ families.
Family Support: Referrals for community services are offered to the families of participating teens in need of outreach, mediation, and other services.

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