Public Safety

Boston Police Department, District B-2

Phone: 

(617) 343-4270

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Public Service counter located at Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza in Roxbury: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm Tuesday (Extended Hours) 8:30am – 6:00pm Direct: 1-617-343-4633 Fax: 1-617-343-5106

Mission: 

Captain's Message: Be advised that District B-2 has a team of dedicated and enthusiastic workers who are committed to reducing crime and improving the quality of life for the residents that live in our neighborhoods. Although our primary focus is on reducing the gun violence in our neighborhoods, we are also committed to addressing the issues and concerns that are brought to our attention. We try and accomplish our objectives through the many different initiatives outlined in our Crime Reduction Strategy. Some of these initiatives include Operation Impact, Operation Family Matters and Operation Responsibility & Accountability.

Location

2400 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119-3203
United States
Key Partners: 

On a daily basis the officers work closely with members of the Clergy, community, other city agencies as well as our partners in the Criminal Justice system in an effort to make the neighborhoods of this district safer.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please contact the Community Service Office at (617) 343-4278 for further details.

Key Programs Offered: 

* Operation Impact is a bi-weekly meeting with representatives from the district, citywide units, BHA, MBTA Police, District Attorney's Office, Attorney General's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office and Probation officials from Roxbury District Court. The focus of this group is on the identification of strategies to reduce the gun violence and the retaliatory shootings that often occur as a result. * Operation Family Matters is a weekly meeting of detectives and officers from the Community Service Office (CSO) that discuss the unsolved shootings. The officer from the CSO is responsible for maintaining a positive relationship with the victim and their family and urges them to share information that is crucial for investigators. Officers also rely upon the assistance of the Clergy, YSPN, BCYF Street workers and mentors from the community to assist in this program. * Operation Responsibility & Accountability is a district-based initiative that involves the assignment of all patrol officers to one or more Reporting Areas (R.A.) on the district so that each shift has an officer assigned to every RA. The officers, working under the direction of a beat team supervisor, assume ownership and responsibility for addressing crime and quality of life issues that occur on their RA. The officers from the CSO are also involved in many programs that are designed to improve and foster the relationship between the youth and police officers. An officer conducts Officer Friendly presentations to after-school programs in various schools throughout the district. In addition, the officer, in partnership with the Police Activities League (P.A.L.) equips a B-2 Fun-Day Van that visits the parks and community centers on the district and provides games, music and other fun activities for the children. An officer from the CSO is also involved with the "Youth & Police Partnership" (YPP), which is an entity of the Children's Services of Roxbury. This is a program that has proven to be effective in discussing and restoring relationships between the youth and police officers. A key component of this program is the "KNOW THE LAW" play that the youth and officers perform and which emphasizes the pressures and consequences to any negative decisions that are made. Some of the other programs that the officers from the CSO are involved with are the B-2 Youth & Family Safety Day, B-2 Christmas Party, Junior Police Academy as well as fishing trips and outings to amusement parks such as Canobie Lake and Six Flags.

Created: 
04/23/2010

Elderly Commission

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Elderly Affairs
1 City Hall Square, Room 271
Boston, MA 02201

Phone: 

617-635-4366

Fax: 

617-635-3213

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mission: 

The mission of the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly is to enhance the quality of life for Boston's senior citizens through planning, coordinating, and monitoring the delivery of services to the elderly in an efficient and effective manner.

Key Programs Offered: 

Senior Shuttle: 617-635-3000
Nutrition Services
Caregiver Support Services
Boston Seniority: 617-635-2360 (print publication)

Created: 
12/02/2010

Reflect & Strengthen

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

614 Columbia Rd. #R,
Dorchester, MA 02125

Phone: 

(617) 442-2355

Mission: 

Reflect and Strengthen (R&S) is a grassroots collective of young working class women from the urban neighborhoods of Boston who take a holistic approach to organizing to create personal and social transformation. Our programming focuses are political education, healing form trauma, creative expression, community building and campaign work to end racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Locations

Freedom House
14 Crawford St
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For more information regarding Reflect and Strengthen please download the One Sheet. You may also contact R&S for more info at: rands@reflectandstrengthen.org or 617-442-2355.

Checks can be mailed to:
614 Columbia Rd. #R
Dorchester, MA 02125

Key Programs Offered: 

Juvenile Justice Organizing: Our Sisters Behind the Wall meets the urgent needs of young women involved with the juvenile justice system through healing, workshops, and sisterhood building. The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Task Force on

Racial Disparities aka Da FORCE is community people demanding fairness from the juvenile justice system. We are organizing against the system’s racism which causes too many youth of color to be locked up.

Girl's Rap: is our peer led support groups, guided by licensed social workers, healing circles and beef resolution mediations, where we explore what sisterhood means and how we can unlearn the ways in which sexism, racism, homophobia and classism have taught us to think, act and feel toward one another.

Street Theater: members draw on our personal experiences and political awareness to create, direct and perform over 300 productions in the last five years. We educate, inspire and celebrate the power of culture through dance, theater, song, step, poetry, visual art, drumming, photography, videography, hip-hop and other means of creative expression. We perform at protests, theaters, rallies, jails, schools, cultural centers, youth groups, subways, theaters and hip-hop shows.

What's The 411?: Our political education program addresses the ways that racism, classism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism manifest in our communities. We explore the root causes of our struggles and make the connections between our personal experiences and the political context. By focusing on internal transformation, we are empowered to transform the context that shapes our lives.

Girl’s Night Out: Evenings spent together to deepen our bonds and enjoy our community. At R&S we believe if we don’t have anything to celebrate we don’t have anything to fight for, so we choose to honor celebration.

Sisters Rising: Our internal leadership development program. Members can step up and lead committees, plan events, and take on internships. Sisters Rising is also responsible for implementing organizational decisions made by the membership.

Created: 
12/13/2010

Fields Corner Community Development Corporation

Phone: 

(617) 282-4290

Mission: 

The Fields Corner Community Development Corporation is dedicated to facilitating the availability of housing and promoting economic development in order to enhance the environment for a healthy residential life in the Dorchester area.

Location

Fields Corner Community Development Corporation
1 Arcadia St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Fields Corner Main Street

VietAID

Boston Police Department, District B-3

Phone: 

(617) 343-4700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Public Service counter located at Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza in Roxbury: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm Tuesday (Extended Hours) 8:30am – 6:00pm Direct: 1-617-343-4633 Fax: 1-617-343-5106

Mission: 

Building productive partnerships with our youth, neighborhood crime watch groups, non-profit and government agencies, and community organizations of all kinds continues to be a major focus of the neighborhood policing efforts in District B-3.

Location

District B-3 Station
1165 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Student interns and volunteers are also encouraged to participate in a wide range of experiences, which provide them with unique opportunities for hands-on learning. Many of them come away with in a new, and much more realistic understanding of the challenges involved in policing diverse urban neighborhoods, and elect to continue their involvement with groups like Junior Achievement, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Project Concern, Mattapan Against Drugs, Youth Pride or the Mattapan Family Services Center. Call (617) 343-4700.

Key Programs Offered: 

Officers are involved in annual events such as Youth Pride and Drug Free Family Days. They sponsor clubs for interests as diverse as fishing and model building. They coordinate athletic leagues, trips and outings. They act as mentors, instructors, and guest speakers. They host community meetings and holiday parties, participate in fundraising drives, summer camps, and senior citizen outreach programs. In short, in a variety of ways, they seek to improve the overall quality of life for the residents of the neighborhoods they serve. District B-3 is also an active member of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Anti-Gang Violence Coalition. The Coalition was designed to help member organizations come together to coordinate their efforts, share information, and help each other create new ways to solve the difficult problems associated with gang violence. Monthly meetings have already yielded collaborative efforts on summer youth programs, cooperation on major crime prevention initiatives such as the annual National Night Out Program, and plans for a series of year round youth activities.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Pathways to Wellness

Phone: 

(617) 859-3036

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - 12 Noon to 8:00 PM
Tuesday - 9 am to 8:00 PM
Wednesday - 8 am to 8:00 PM
Thursday & Friday - 9 am to 8:00 PM
Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5 PM

Weekday, Saturday, and evening appointments are available.

Mission: 

Pathways to Wellness, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to providing equal access to high quality holistic care including acupuncture, shiatsu, and Chinese herbs. Within a compassionate and empowering environment, Pathways provides complementary therapies for our clients as an adjunct to their Western medical care. Working in partnership with community health centers and organizations, Pathways promotes a continuum of care for our clients in body, mind and spirit.

Location

Pathways to Wellness
1601 Washington St 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call for an appointment. There are also Internships and Volunteer opportunities available.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community-Style Acupuncture at Pathways to Wellness
Treatment is provided in a unique traditional acupuncture setting that utilizes a group treatment healing experience.

• Sliding scale rate: Pay what you wish from $20 - $40 per 1-hour session. Open to all regardless of income level.

• Clients receive treatment while relaxing in comfortable recliner chairs. Groups of up to six people are treated at the same time.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/02/2010

Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

    

Phone: 

(617) 436-0289

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Mission: 

Greater Four Corners Action Coalition works to promote neighborhood stabilization in the Four Corners Community of Dorchester, Massachusetts. This is accomplished by adressing the issues of crime and safety, through organizing residents, providing positive opportunities for youth, promoting economic development and collaborating with others. Our priority roles are: Organizer, Service Provider, and Collaborator/Supporter of other efforts.GFCAC is in the forefront of the change in local community organizing. Organizations are collaborating to effect regional planning and create standing policies so as not to have to put out the same fires over and over again. Our current work reflects this new direction. We also aim to address issues of transportation, environmental and economic justice. GFCAC spearheaded efforts to bring improved transportation services to the Four Corners community, advocating for new stops on the Fairmount line.

Location

367 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

ACE, Codman Square NDC, Bowdoin/Geneva Health Center, On The Move: Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call 617-436-0289 to join for a nominal fee. One can join anytime and get involved or one can attend the annual meeting. Board elections will be held and membership is open to all. This meeting is held annually on the second Thursday in October.

Key Programs Offered: 

   

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
01/10/2012

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

Boston Police Department, District C-11

Phone: 

(617) 343-4330

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9-5

Mission: 

Protect and Serve

Location

District C-11 Boston Police
40 Gibson Street
MA 02122
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)

Phone: 

(617) 442-9670

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Mission: 

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a nonprofit community-based planning and organizing entity rooted in the Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. DSNI's approach to neighborhood revitalization is comprehensive including economic, human, physical, and environmental growth. It was formed in 1984 when residents of the Dudley Street area came together out of fear and anger to revive their neighborhood that was devastated by arson, disinvestment, neglect and redlining practices, and protect it from outside speculators. DSNI works to implement resident-driven plans partnering with nonprofit organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), businesses and religious institutions serving the neighborhood, as well as banks, government agencies, corporations and foundations. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative has grown into a collaborative effort of over 3,000 residents, businesses, non-profits and religious institutions members committed to revitalizing this culturally diverse neighborhood of 24,000 people and maintaining its character and affordability. DSNI is the only community-based nonprofit in the country which has been granted eminent domain authority over abandoned and within its boundaries.

The Dudley area of Roxbury/North Dorchester is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Boston. This diverse community of African American and Cape Verdean (72%), Latino (24%), and White (4%) residents has a per capita income of $12,332. Approximately 27% of the area’s population falls below the federal poverty level of $17,029 for a family of four and 62% fall below the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency of $37,591. The unemployment rate for the neighborhood is around 13.6%. Just over a quarter of the housing is owner-occupied as compared to the city’s average of 32%. A third of the population is 19 years or under and about two-thirds of the population is 35 years and under. Families with children under 18 years represent almost half of Dudley neighborhood households, which is twice as large a share as in Boston citywide.

Located less than two miles from downtown Boston in Roxbury/North Dorchester, the DSNI neighborhood had a staggering amount of vacant land (21% or 1,300 parcels) in the 1980s -- vestiges of fires, discrimination and neglect of the '60's and '70's. Dudley Street is a trilingual neighborhood of 5,197 African-American, Latin American, Cape Verdean, and White families speaking English, Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole. It is a remarkable reservoir of multi-generational resident leadership, talent, spirit and determination.

Partly through its diverse, 34 seat Board of Directors including 16 residents from each of the 4 major ethnic groups (African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, White) plus 2 additional Board-appointed residents, 3 youth, 7 nonprofit agencies, 2 churches, 2 businesses, and 2 CDCs, Dudley residents and its community partners develop strategies that will ensure that local residents are the primary beneficiaries of the community economic growth, and that human development and environmental issues are addressed.

DSNI's major accomplishment has been, and continues to be, organizing and empowering the residents of the Dudley Street neighborhood to create a shared vision of the neighborhood prioritizing development without displacement and bringing it to reality by creating strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors. That shared vision first emerged from a community-wide process conducted initially in 1987 that resulted in a resident-developed, comprehensive revitalization plan.

The 1987 comprehensive plan was updated in our urban village visioning process in 1996, involving over 180 residents and organization representatives. Their ideas affirm many elements of the 1987 plan, add important refinements and renew their commitment to creating an "urban village" and declare their belief that "Anything Is Possible". From this process, a major commitment was made to enhance economic power in the Dudley neighborhood. Through DSNI’s community land trust, the Dudley neighborhood has the only permanent affordable housing in the city of Boston.

Residents continue to guide this plan which established community control over a critical mass of the 1,300 parcels of abandoned land that had come to characterize the neighborhood. Residents gained control by convincing the authorities in Boston’s city government to take the unprecedented step of granting the community the power of eminent domain over much of the vacant land combined with a partnership with the city on the publicly-owned vacant land. The Dudley neighborhood thus acquired valuable assets, established a community land trust, set a criteria for development and a "place at the table" for the planning and development of the community.

The eminent domain authority obtained by the community applies to the vacant land in a 60 acre area called the "Dudley Triangle" that is bounded on two sides by Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue – two corridors that link three commercial centers within the DSNI area: Dudley Square, Upham’s Corner and Grove Hall. That area is established as a community land trust known as Dudley Neighbors, Inc. (DNI) to ensure community land ownership, permanence and affordability.

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is an innovative, high performing holistic community change effort that continues to thrive. Residents lead a community collaboration with the shared goal of creating a vibrant, high quality diverse urban village. Today, the dramatic rebuilding of human, social and physical infrastructure has signaled that this is a neighborhood on its way back. DSNI focuses on three strategic areas: community economic development, leadership development and collaboration, and youth opportunities and development. Talented young adults return to the community in large numbers to play their role in sustaining change. To date more than half of the 1,300 abandoned parcels have been permanently transformed into over 400 new high quality affordable houses, community centers, new schools, Dudley Town Common, community greenhouse, parks, playgrounds, gardens, an orchard and other public spaces. Dudley residents are proud of their neighborhood and committed to the continuation of the revitalization effort.

Location

504 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

GOTCHA (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around): DSNI is one of several organizations involved in the GOTCHA Youth Jobs effort.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/18/2010
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