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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.

PULSE students spend the majority of their time working as case managers. In the beginning of the year, they focus on doing intake forms. As the year progresses, they 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 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.