Greater Boston Area

Boston Children's Chorus




617-778 2248


The Boston Children's Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city's diverse communities and inspire social change. Our singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.


112 Shawmut Avenue, Suite 5B
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Key Partners: 

New England Conservatory (NEC), WCVB-TV Channel 5 (ABC), Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Office. A selection of choirs exist through partnership with the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center & Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (in collaboration with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción). See here for many more collaborators.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To join the chorus, you must fill out an application and audition:

  • Auditionees must be between the ages of 7 and 18 (must turn 7 years old by December 31)
  • No prior musicial training is necessary
  • A prepared piece is not required
  • Audition process is quick and simple (ten minutes!)
  • Placement will be determined on skills and maturity

To book the Boston Children’s Chorus for your organization’s next event or private function, please complete the following Book Us Form or contact:

Anthony Victoria
Manager of Programs
P 617-778-2242 x225
F 617-778 2248

Key Programs Offered: 

Our repertoire is unique among children’s choirs, as it includes an extraordinary range that spans across many different countries and music genres. Each performance is unique and the Artistic Director carefully crafts each program to suit the theme of the event. We offer performances consisting of Classical music, Folk music, Spirituals and World music.

Choral Activities/Music Education

BCC is developing a reputation for professional level performances and innovation in music education. The 40-plus annual performances are rooted in Boston but have national impact – particularly through our nationally televised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert that has become a New England tradition.The music education program, most often recognized for a unique approach to diverse students of both urban and suburban backgrounds, levels the field of learning for singers with varying degrees of experience and leads all to achieve high levels of musicianship.

Artists and Scholars

BCC builds relationships with leading professional artists and scholars in the field of music and music education. These leaders interact and partner with BCC singers and the Boston community providing meaningful musical experiences. The 2010-2011 roster includes the following:

  • Composer in Residence: Bill Banfield, Berklee College of Music
  • Conductor in Residence: Maria Guinand, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
  • Educator in Residence: Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, The American Boy Choir

Tours and Excursions

Tours provide our singers with first-rate performing opportunities within the U.S. and abroad. Through this travel and the specially-designed pre-tour education programs, singers’ lives are changed as they learn about foreign cultures, their histories, and from friendships across global boundaries. Recent travels include tours to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America.

Youth Development (Modulation)

BCC empowers youth to take ownership of their participation, assisting their development as independent and responsible learners, thinkers, musicians and citizens. The youth development program provides opportunities to develop skills that allow singers to develop their own voices through omni-directional mentoring, leadership development and through the building of networking, public speaking and communication skills. In addition, the singers become deeply engaged in the community through targeted community service projects.

Choirs include:

Premier Choir
Advanced singers ages 12-18. Our premier performing group offers a stimulating, comprehensive and demanding choral repertoire requiring advanced level of musical skill. The Premier Choir participates in local, national and international tours.

Young Men’s Ensemble

A special program to meet the unique needs of boys ages 10-18 with changing and changed voices.

Concert Choir

Singers ages 10-16 with advanced musical skills receive intensive training in music theory, music history and foreign languages; performances include regional tours.

Choral Union

A choir created in 2010 to provide intense vocal and theory training for older singers ages 12-18 who have a great interest and enthusiasm for singing, but not the formal musical training.

Central Intermediate Choir

Intermediate singers ages 10-14. This level requires individual attentiveness, vocal skills and theory comprehension while offering expanded repertoire and performance experiences.

Dorchester House Training Choir

A neighborhood-based choir for beginning-level singers ages 7-12, established in collaboration with Dorchester House, in Fields Corner.

Dorchester House Intermediate Choir

Intermediate level neighborhood-based choir established in collaboration with Dorchester House, in Fields Corner.

West End House Training Choir

A neighborhood-based choir for beginning-level singers ages 7-12, established in collaboration with the West End House in Allston-Brighton.

Central Training Choir

Beginning singers ages 7-12. This program develops music basics such as theory, interval training, rhythm and sight-singing techniques. Attention span and concentration are points of focus.

Villa Victoria Training Choir

A neighborhood-based choir for beginning-level singers ages 7-12, established in collaboration with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), in Boston’s South End community.

In addition, Rapid Achievement Practice (RAP) is a required weekly half hour music education program specially designed for all levels of singers to help advance sight-reading and musicianship skills.

Project Place




Project Place is a supportive community that promotes hope and opportunity for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the skills, education and resources to obtain stable employment and housing.


1145 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Hire a Project Place graduate! Email

Subscribe to the Project Place newsletter! Email

Apply for employment or an internship:


Key Programs Offered: 



The top two floors of Project Place's six-story building are dedicated to GateHouse, 14 studio apartments for homeless individuals who are making transitions in their lives. Residences are permanent, affordable housing in a sober, supportive community. During their stay tenants have the option to utilize Project Place services and programs including our wraparound support services to address barriers in finding and obtaining employment and housing. Tenants have either graduated from a program or are currently enrolled in one, are committed to sobriety and pay one-third of their income for rent.

Betty's Place

Housed in the YWCA's Berkeley Street residence, Betty's Place is a transitional housing program that can accommodate up to 15 women at one time. Residents are provided with Project Place programming and supports while making the transition from the emergency shelter system to independent living. Betty's provides each resident with a room of her own in a safe, clean environment and two meals a day. Residents also receive our wraparound support services to address barriers in finding and obtaining employment and housing. The average length of stay is six months.


HomePlate is a food preparation and services training program. Participants in this program help to operate our pushcart in downtown Boston, fulfill catering requests for corporate and private clients and prepare breakfast and lunch for Project Place clients and staff daily. All food is prepared in our in-house commercial kitchen. Clients in this program are primed to transfer directly into the food service industry and also graduate with comprehensive customer service and money handling skills. They also receive our wraparound support services to address barriers in finding and obtaining employment and housing. 

Wraparound Support Services

All Project Place clients receive the wraparound support services to address the various barriers they may encounter in finding and obtaining employment and housing. A comprehensive, yet personalized approach is utilized with each client to ensure that services meet the individual's needs. These include: Case Management, Career Services, Computer Training, Educational Services, Alumni Services. Read more hereFor more information, contact: Kim Nuttall at 617.542.3740 or

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)

This new employment, placement and training program provides tailored services specific to veterans. In addition to traditional case management and support services, clients are assessed for veteran’s benefit eligibility, provided referrals for specific needs and given assistance in obtaining discharge papers (DD214).

Client Assistance Programs

- Danielle Fund: Named to honor the life and memory of Danielle Ontra, this fund was created to support clients and alumni who are making strides to live independently and are committed to their recovery. Clients may apply for funds to alleviate financial burdens up to $500, paid directly to the source (landlord, school, etc.). Included in the application process is identification of the need, developing a budget to manage future expenses and explanation of how compliance of goals aligns with agency mission.

- MicroLoan Fund: A new program of Project Place, our MicroLoan Fund offers small financial loans to assist graduates in overcoming temporary obstacles to successful housing, education and/or employment. In addition, it helps them to develop a positive credit history. A committee comprised of graduates, staff, board and bank representatives, review applications and work with applicants to finalize their request and develop a repayment plan.

- Paul White Empowerment Fund: Established by his family in memory of Paul White, a long time friend and supporter of Project Place. The fund will assist persons served by Project Place to advance their education and/or employment goals. Grants will be given to clients for:

Tuition for GED, certificate or post secondary education
Books or supplies for educational purposes
Clothing for employment interviews
Other education or employment purposes which meet the goal of the fund 


Social Enterprises

Project Place prides itself on the entrepreneurial approach we take to solving social challenges. To help facilitate change in our clients' lives we run three businesses that provide paid employment to those overcoming homelessness. Our businesses also create a revenue stream for the agency that contributes to 20% of our operating budget while providing our clients with the skills and work experience needed to gain employment.

  • Project Pepsi: a vending machine service business.
  • Clean Corners... Bright Hopes: a facilities and outdoor maintenance service.
  • HomePlate: a food services program, operating a pushcart in downtown Boston and offering catering to corporate and private clients. 


Project Place
1145 Washington Street 
Boston, MA 02118
617.542.3740 (p) 
617.542.3860 (f)

Contact Betty's Place:

Betty's Place 
40 Berkeley Street 
Boston, MA 02116 (p)
617.482.1126 (p)
617.482.7524 (f) 

Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Initiative


(617) 534-2304


(617) 534-4688

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Grove Hall Peace Council: Meets last Wednesday of every month, except on holidays, August and December. 
Meets 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Family Resource Room at the Lilia G. Fredrick Pilot Middle School. For further info contact Nicole N. Flynt at Project R.I.G.H.T. (617)-541-5454 ext 105

Bowdoin Geneva VIP: Meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Bowdoin Street Health Center. Call Susan Young, Bowdoin/Geneva VIP coordinator at (617) 754-0023 for more information or email


The Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Initiative aims to prevent violence and promote positive youth development in the City of Boston through a commitment to active and genuine collaboration between youth, residents, community organizations, and city agencies. VIP seeks to implement conflict resolution and peer mediation skills training in schools and community centers, develop a youth-driven social marketing campaign, support community mobilization efforts in five high-need neighborhoods, and ensure access to out-of-school time opportunities for youth.

The neighborhoods are: Bowdoin St. / Geneva Ave.; Grove Hall; Morton St. / Norfolk St.; Orchard Gardens and ----? 


BPHC Violence Intervention & Prevention Initiative
1010 Massachusetts Avenue 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Key Partners: 

City of Boston, Boston Public Health Commission, Bowdoin Street Health Center (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Dorchester Safe Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact the Office of Neighborhood Services to learn about Violence Prevention in your community. 

Do you want to get your child into safe after school programs?

Are you concerned about a student who is skipping school or has dropped out?

Are you looking for a job for youth or adults?

Do you need health insurance, want to find a doctor or have a health question?

  • Call The Mayor's Health Line  at 617-534-5050. We speak your language and the call is confidential.

Do you want to make your streets clean and safe?

Do you want help with a tight budget?

  • If you are at risk for homelessness or if you are having trouble providing food for your household, call the Shelter Commission at (617)-635-4507.
  • If you are at risk of having no heat in your home, call the No Heat Line at (617)-635-5322.
  • If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure on your home, contact theDepartment of Neighborhood Development at (617)-635-3880
  • If you are a renter and are having major difficulties with your landlord, contact the Rental Housing Resource Center at (617)-635-4200
  • If you need help with your taxes, call Boston Tax Help at 617-918-5275
Key Programs Offered: 
  • Neighborhood Peace Councils: Residents can join with local business, community leaders and city department staff to identify and address safety concerns
  • BPHC youth development specialists in each neighborhood assist w/ the coordination of social support services for youth and their families
  • Health Centers in targeted communities serve as nexuses for anti-violence programming
  • Liasions at various city departments respond to identified community concerns.
Community Meeting Space Available: 



Park Street Community Service Agency (CSA)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

ATTN: Natalie Sheehan Dias, 
Program Director 
Park Street CSA
The Home for Little Wanderers
15 Christopher Street
Dorchester, MA 02122



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F 8am – 8pm

Monthly System of Care (SOC) meetings, last Thursday of the month from 3-4:30, place TBD


CSA- to coordinate, support and empower families dealing with children’s mental health needs in addition to complex family needs.

SOC- To build an integrated system of supports and opportunities that enhance the lives of community members and to commit to collaboration with community members who are defined as residents, providers, faith-based organizations, school, state agencies, and government.


To build an integrated system of supports and opportunities that enhance the lives of community members and to commit to collaboration with community members who are defined as residents, providers, faith-based organizations, school, state agencies, and goverment.


50 Redfield Street suite 300
Boston, MA
United States
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Park Street CSA


Boston Community Partnerships for Children


(617) 635-6538


(617) 635-6519

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

                      Contact Coordinator


The Boston Community Partnerships for Children exists to ensure access to a high quality early educational experience, regardless of setting, for all of Boston's children and their families.

The Boston Community Partnerships for Children works to ensure that parents and families of children ages 0-8 have access to quality child care. Community Partnerships brings together all sectors (center based, family child care, head start and public schools) of the early childhood community in Boston to make child care better and more affordable.

Currently, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) funds the work of the Community Partnerships program through annual grants. Boston uses its annual grant to improve the quality of care offered by participating providers. All providers are welcome to join their neighborhood cluster and participate.


Boston Community Partnerships for Children
443 Warren Street Suite 4
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston’s CPC Governing Council has 28 members who are representatives of parents, public schools, Head Start Programs, private center-based preschool programs, family childcare systems and independent providers, and community based organizations. The Boston Public Schools is the fiscal lead agent for the partnership.

Boston Public Schools, Fiscal Agent; ABCD, Associated Early Care and Education, Boston Alliance for Early Education, Boston Association for the Education of Young Children, Child Care Choices of Boston, College Bound Dorchester, Countdown to Kindergarten, East Boston Social Centers, Head Start (East Boston, South Side), Old South Preschool, Parent-Child Home Program, ReadBoston, more.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 


Key Programs Offered: 

Neighborhood Cluster Agents: Local planning and coordination are critical components to our work. Since Boston is a large city with various needs in each neighborhood, we have created Neighborhood-based clusters. At the cluster level, one agency serves as neighborhood cluster agent and convenes meetings, coordinates cluster plans and activities, represents the cluster at citywide Community Partnerships Council Meetings, reports back to cluster members on citywide programs and activities, and acts as business agent for the cluster. 

Neighborhood Cluster Agent: Mary Kinsella 
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester
1135 Dorchester Avenue - Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 288-7120 

Neighborhood Cluster Agent: Lillie Searcy
Mattapan Family Service Center 
535 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Phone: (617) 298-1785 x201 
Fax: (617) 298-6902

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Boston CPC


Partnerships Advancing Communities Together (PACT)


(617) 748-3100 OR (617)343-4410


The mission of PACT is to increase community safety in neighborhoods by developing a comprehensive strategy that improves collaboration and effectiveness among public safety agencies, city agencies, state agencies, social service

In July 2010, the City of Boston announced its new initiative to combat gang violence by working with the families and neighbors of the area’s most dangerous offenders. Partnerships Advancing Communities Together, also known as Boston PACT, arose out of the increase in random, senseless youth violence where more and younger innocent bystanders were being shot and killed in Boston. PACT has identified 200 to 300 of the city’s some 3,500 gang affiliates, and has distributed the list of high-risk individuals to law enforcement and social service agencies so that the groups can work together to support the individuals, their family members and neighborhoods. The hope is that, through social and financial support, the community along with city, state and federal officials can provide incentive to draw people out of gangs or keep them from joining in the first place. 

Key Partners: 
  • Boston Police Department
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
  • Executive Office of Health and Human and Services (EOHHS)
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Mayor's Office
  • Governor's Office
  • Suffolk District Attorney's Office
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS)
  • Probation
Key Programs Offered: 
Youth Outreach
  • 90% of youth identified by BPD as most likely to be a victim or perpetrator of a violent crime are connected to a trained youth worker
  • Targeted outreach focused on PACT youth who are attending an educational program, participating in job training or working.
  • Initial efforts to identify and support younger siblings of PACT youth

Community Safety Task Forces

  • Academy/Bromley/Egleston
  • Dudley Square
  • Grove Hall
  • South End
  • Washington Street Corridor

Other Resources
– Housing
– Training capability
– Funds for programs and activities
– Specialists / technical assistanc 


Haitian Health Institute (Boston Medical Center)




617.414 3810


HHI's mission is to research unmet needs, identify gaps in services and evaluate existing programs for efficiency of service. HHI also links the Haitian Diaspora to public health initiatives and health care resources through translation. Regular activities include research, evaluating existing programs, networking with other organizations, community organizing, and rapid response to community health crises.


Haitian Health Institute, Boston Medical Center
771 Albany Street Dowling 4, Room 4416
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Key Partners: 

Haitian Multi Service Center (HMSC), Haitian American Public Health Initiatives (HAPHI), The Center for Community Health, Education and Research (CCHER)

Key Programs Offered: 

HHI's priority is the development of a common plan through which to improve health care and education in the Haitian community. To do so, we network between health, school, neighborhood, social service, faith-based groups and cultural agencies.

HHI physicians also investigate barriers to health care and the means of removing those barriers by collaborating with like-minded cultural institutions or state initiatives.

HHI has spent the past year researching and assessing the needs of the Haitian community members who access care through BMC and the associated Health Net. The affiliated Neighborhood Health Care (Health Net) centers at Codman Square, Mattapan, Harvard Street, Whittier Street and Upham's Corner often refer Haitian American children and adults to BMC for care that is not available at the clinic locations. Although this extensive network of resources and providers offers an unparalleled opportunity to develop a hub through which to link services and information to Haitian patients using BMC or the neighborhood health care centers, the task of providing culturally and linguistically competent services continues to fall upon a few Haitian health care providers.

The Haitian Health Institute continues to work to meet the health needs of the Haitian community including the organizational and networking requirements of the Haitian community agencies.


Haitian American Public Health Initiatives


(617) 298-8076


(617) 296-1570


HAPHI is a minority run, non-profit agency dedicated to providing members of the Haitian-American community in Metro Boston with culturally and linguistically accessible information and services to improve their health and wellbeing. Located in Mattapan, HAPHI was founded in 1989 by a group of Haitian-American health care professionals to address pressing public health issues confronting Boston's Haitian community. HAPHI has grown tremendously and today provides a comprehensive range of prevention, education, and direct service programs to Haitian-Americans from the greater metropolitan area of Boston. Several of its programs serve Haitian Americans throughout New England.


1464 Blue Hill Ave
Mattapan, MA 02126
United States
Key Partners: 


New Routes/Twa Zanmi

The Twa Zanmi (Three Friends) Project brings together three partners to address stigma associated with mental illness in the Haitian community. The partners include the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), a joint program of the University of Massachusetts Boston and the world-renowned Children’s Hospital Boston, the Haitian American Public Health Initiative (HAPHI) and Camera Mosaique, a weekly educational TV Show produced by the Haitian Media Network. Twa Zanmi is conceived as a community-directed television program) that will follow the lives of three recent Haitian immigrants who experience depression and anxiety as a result of relocation and the accompanying social isolation, loss of identity, and separation from family and friends.

Mutual Assistance Association (MAA Coalition)
The MAA coalition is made up of over 12 Community Based Minority Organizations. The mission of the coalition is to promote solidarity and collaboration among grassroots Community Based Minority Organizations (Combs) serving refugees and immigrants to provide and strengthen a voice for these communities in Massachusetts.  The MAA Coalition is committed to advocating for their communities through capacity building,  leadership development, and addressing needs through the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Key Programs Offered: 


English as a Second Language (ESL)
The adult Education Program currently serves 40 students in any given day through 2 classes from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The low intermediate level meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the intermediate level meets Tuesday and Thursday. The lack of available adult education classes is very obvious in Mattapan. The Adult Education Program emphasizes the establishment of linkages with local adult education and skills training programs, employers, colleges and universities, to ensure a continuum of services for learners and to facilitate "next steps" for program graduates. This includes developing referral relationships and formal collaborations.

Citizenship project
Currently HAPHI is providing citizenship classes on Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The current citizenship class has a bilingual curriculum that includes a naturalization process overview and units on personal, application, and general questions; American History; Government; Elected Officials; how to fill out the N400 application form; the interview process; and civic participation. 

HAPHI assists students through the entire process providing class instruction,  advocacy with the INS or referral to legal services, and mock interview tutoring. Student materials include a bilingual textbook, N400 application forms, and an interview practice audiotape. We encourage students to be independent and take charge of their naturalization. In class, students are instructed on how to complete the N-400 application forms and then they fill out their own N-400's. Audiotapes make it possible for students to practice at home on their own.

Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI)
The goal of CEI is to integrate voter education into HAPHI’s current programs, register participants to vote; solicit volunteers to conduct Voter registration drives; design neighborhood campaign; hold workshops on voting and educate on why it is important to vote; conduct drives at supermarkets, stores, intersections and community events; and continue to recruit and train volunteers. The project also provides training for community residents, staff and volunteers on civic engagement during annual meeting.

Program to Enhance Elder Services (PEERS)

PEERS Program conducts community outreach, advocacy, referral and others education and support services for elders. The overall program objectives are to strengthen the existing coordination and collaboration between refugee and elder services providers in Boston to address unmet needs of refugees and asylees  60 years of age or older who have not yet attained citizenship status. 

Services Objectives:

  • To identify refugee elders who have lost, are at risk of losing, or are ineligible for SSI and/or other federal benefits;
  • To assess their service needs;
  • To develop individualized service plans in conjunction with these refugees;
  • To provide them with transitional social services including access to emergency food, shelter and medical care as needed;
  • To promote intergeneration  connection between refugee elders and their grandchildren;
  • To link the refugee elders to employment and volunteer opportunities that promote leadership and enhance independent living;
  • To refer them to other needed services; and,
  • To provide them with naturalization services in order to maintain their eligibility for benefits and address long-term self-sufficiency nee

MA Medicare/Medicaid Outreach and Education (MORE) Program 
The program is designed to improve access to quality health care services among limited English proficiency (LEP) Haitian elders by increasing knowledge, awareness among LEP Haitian elders. The general goal of the program is to make hard to reach LEP Haitian elders aware of their eligibility for benefits and provide them with information about Medicare and Medicaid: abuse, fraud and errors.

Neighborhood Walk Program
The Neighborhood Walk Program is designed to encourage community members to walk together to improve their health.

Food Distribution Services

HAPHI works with Greater Boston Food Bank and provides limited food distribution to its clients and the larger community.


Haitian-Americans United

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

P.O. Box 260440
Mattapan, MA 02126 




The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) is a non-profit organization founded in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to improve the quality of life for Haitians and Haitian-Americans through education, Community Empowerment and cultural development, using an approach where participation and unity are strongly favored.


10 Fairway Street, Suite 218
Mattapan, MA 02126
United States
Key Partners: 

Haitian American Public Health Initiatives, 

Key Programs Offered: 


Gala Photos

Haitian Independence Day Gala

The Haitian Independence Day Gala is an annual event organized by the Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) 


Gala Photos

Toussaint Louverture Scholarship Fund

Haitian General Louverture (1743- 1803) rose from slavery to become one of the most accomplished military genius and diplomat of his time. This fund helps promising Haitian and Haitian-American students to achieve a higher level of education. 


Haitian Heritage Month

Haitian Heritage Month

Visit the Haitian Heritage Month website click link below. 


Flag Photos

Flag Raising Ceremony

Every year on May 18th, the H.A.U. inc. is proud to raise the Haitian flag in front of Boston's City Hall in remembrance of our freedom. 


Parade Photos

Haitian-American Unity Parade

The Haitian-American Unity Parade is one of several events celebrating the Haitian Heritage Month (May 1-31.) It's a multi-block procession that travels straight up Blue Hill Avenue and ends on Talbot Avenue . 


Also (or Previously) Known As...: 



Safe Neighborhood Initiative


(617) 963-2910

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Dorchester SNI
Bimonthly meetings expected to begin in June at location TBA (working on finding a regular meeting space). BPD District C-11 attends these meetings. For more information, contact ADA Christine Walsh at 617-619-4315.

Grove Hall SNI
Meets 2nd Thursday of June, September, November, February and April from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Grove Hall Community Center on Geneva Avenue. Food is served beforehand at 5:30 p.m. BPD District B-2 attends these meetings. For more information, contact Michael Kozu at or 617.541.5454.x102.

Upham's Corner SNI
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the City School, located at 614 Columbia Rd.
BPD District B-2 attends these meetings. For more information, contact ADA Matt Feeney at 617-619-4169.

Washington Corridor SNI
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. BPD C11 and B3 attend these meetings.  Past meetings have been at DotWell, but the last few have been at the Franklin Hill Apartments community room at 5 Shandon Rd. Evening meetings are in the planning stages but are expected soon. For more information, contact Paul Malkemes at 617-929-0925 or


The Safe Neighborhood Initiative (SNI) addresses public safety and prosecutors community development issues through the collaborative efforts of to work the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts and Suffolk County Attorney General's Offices. Its success addresses three exclusively primary areas of community concern: Coordinated Law Enforcement, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Prevention and Treatment. Local law enforcement cooperation allows prosecutors to work exclusively generated on cases generated by the SNI i, and has helped community residents to remove and prosecute violent offenders from their neighborhoods.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact individual SNI coordinators or the DA's office for more information.

Key Programs Offered: 

The coordinated law enforcement strand includes community policing, the establishment of an SNI neighborhood prosecutor in District and Superior Courts, and enhanced cooperation in special projects between the community and law enforcement agencies.

The neighborhood revitalization efforts of the SNI may include expedited city services, rehabilitation of abandoned property, the coordination of local merchants, and/or job training programs.

The prevention, intervention, and treatment principle of the SNI mobilizes community and government resources around priority community health issues, from youth violence prevention to outreach to seniors.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 


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