ABCD Mattapan Family Service 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. ABCD's mission is to empower disadvantaged people by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential. To fulfill this mission, ABCD uses a comprehensive approach that systematically addresses the range of barriers faced by households in poverty - from day-to-day crises to long-term needs for jobs and education.
ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center offers ABCD services and programs that include Case Management; Adopt-A-Family; Computer Labs and Workshops -computer lab open to MFSC clients; Clothing and Articles Assistance; ESOL -Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced; Food Stamp/SNAP Application Assistance; Foreclosure Prevention Program; Fuel Assistance; Holiday Gifts; Job Readiness Workshops; SummerWorks; Tax Assistance; Utility Bill Advocacy and Youth Engaged in Action (YEA!). In addition, the Mattapan FSC offers the following services, unique to this location:
- Senior Services weekly exercise classes, educational classes, recreational activities and group outings.
- Senior Brown Bag - food and nutrition program for the elderly.
- Senior Day Trips
- Senior Educational Workshops
- Senior Exercise Workshops
- Mattapan United is a comprehensive community development initiative that aims at improving the quality of life for people who live and work in Mattapan. The initiative brings together stakeholders in the Mattapan community to strategize ways to improve Mattapan and what their role should be. The idea is that community change should but community led. There are focus groups, leadership teams, informational meetings and a variety of ways for people to get involved and stay at the forefront of movement in their community. It is a great avenue for volunteerism and also encourages civic engagement. For more information visit: mymattapan.org and www.rc-rf.org.
PULSE students will provide assistance to core programs including fuel assistance and the winter emergency campaign and help low-income clients prepare their federal and state tax returns starting in January. Students will also assist in ESOL classes as an in-class tutors and work in the computer lab helping clients learn about topics that include email and Internet search skills, card and calendar making, Microsoft Word, building a resume, and doing presentations.