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In It Together

The theme of our 2018 ABCD Annual Report encompasses all of who we are and what we do at ABCD. Board members, staff members, volunteers, directors – everyone working together with the people we serve – more than 100,000 low-income Boston-area residents searching for a step up to a better life for themselves and their children. At ABCD and community action programs across America, low-income residents play a key role in shaping programs and policy, serving on boards and making ongoing contributions to program development. Within ABCD programs, a team of providers and advisors, guided by that input, work together with children, families and seniors to mobilize resources and achieve optimum outcomes.

In this cover photo, two-year-old Stephen, his dad Stephen Mandell and mom Maria Lopez, are surrounded by a cohesive support system at ABCD Dorchester Head Start – teacher Laura Purvis, Foster Grandmother Bobbie Williams, and Cheryl Gomes, Interim Director, Early Head Start. All are there to provide multifaceted support to ensure the very best for this child and his family. 

ABCD Staff members

ABCD Head Start is very important to Stephen and to us,” says his dad. “He learns so much here, he interacts with other kids, he has fun. His mother and I go to work knowing that he is safe and cared for and learning more every day.”