ABCD Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center
Nature and Purpose
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) was incorporated in 1962, as a precursor to the national War on Poverty and part of a national movement to end the hopeless and debilitating effects of poverty.
Today ABCD serves more than 94,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices and network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; Food Pantries; advocacy and consumer services.
The Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center is one of 14 Neighborhood based centers that carry out the mission of ABCD throughout Boston. Clients receive services in the centers, and also are referred to programs within the ABCD citywide network when appropriate.
Current Programs and Services
Allston-Brighton NOC opened in 2012 in response to a growing need in the Allston-Brighton area. They serve a diverse population of clients, assisting in a variety of different programs.
Staff members at Allston-Brighton NOC work as case managers to assist clients on a consistent basis in MassHealth applications, SNAP applications, fuel and tax assistance, as well as immigration and citizenship referrals. They also provide ESL and financial literacy courses.
Allston-Brighton NOC is the only ABCD location that provides housing search assistance, food vouchers, and foreclosure workshops. They are also one of the only locations to have begun its own food pantry, alongside providing Cradles to Crayons referrals and distributing clothing.
They also run a SummerWorks program, which places students with partners in part time job positions during the summer.
Allston-Brighton NOC strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for clients conducive to the comprehensive approach they take in order to pull their clients out of poverty.
PULSE students will spend the majority of their time working as case managers. In the beginning of the year, they will focus on doing intake forms. As the year progresses, they will receive training to assist in all seasonal programming, including fuel assistance, tax preparation, MassHealth applications, and referrals, as well as helping to plan the summer program. They also have the potential to teach ESL or financial literacy classes, depending on the need and demand from clients.
When they are not managing cases, students will be able to assist with the food pantry, clothing distribution, Cradles to Crayons referrals, toy/turkey drives, and grant writing. Moreover, students have the opportunity to work in outreach to local community members and businesses, as well as the opportunity to plan events.