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ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood 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.

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. ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center's 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.


PULSE students are cross trained to assist in all of the seasonal programming. In November and December PULSE students assist with processing home heating aid applications and distributing Thanksgiving meals and Christmas toys. January begins our volunteer driven tax preparation season and in February teens begin applying for summer jobs. All programs require PULSE participants to work directly with Dorchester residents, provide intake and assessments of families, enter data of information gathered and analyze the kinds of needs that they see with families in order to improve and customize the services offered by the DNSC. Each student also works on unique project of interest to them.