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When the doctor and the grocer team up to heal a community

"When The Doctor and the Grocer Team Up to Heal a Community," an op-ed by LISC President and CEO Michael Rubinger, and LISC Boston's Executive Director Bob Van Meter, was published in CommonWealth Magazine on September 2, 2015. The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Vicente’s Tropical Supermarket.  The two are teaming up to provide affordable health care and incentives for smarter food choices in the City of Champions, a collaboration that backers hope to replicate nationally.

Brockton is a federally designated "food desert," and like similar communities around the country, far too many of its residents live below the poverty level. The area has high rates of nutrition-related diseases like diabetes and hypertension that dwarf the averages in less challenged communities. Comprehensive primary care services have also been out of reach for many. But Brockton is also now home to a pioneering alliance determined to remedy the alarming state of the city's public health—by making quality, affordable health care and healthy food easily obtainable in a single location.  Read more about this nationally scalable approach here.

 

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center & Vicente's Tropical Grocery Celebrate Opening of Joint Venture

 U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mayor Bill Carpenter of Brockton today joined the celebration of a pioneering partnership between Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Vicente’s Tropical Grocery to improve health outcomes for the people of Brockton and surrounding communities. The grand opening of the health center and the adjacent supermarket represents a $22 million investment to help low-income residents improve their health by offering access to healthy food, health care, and nutritional counseling and education—all in one location.

For Brockton, with nearly one in four residents living in poverty, diabetes and obesity rates higher than the state average, and limited health care services, the new heath care and healthy food facilities will help meet a deep need, The new site also restores a long-abandoned commercial site at the corner of Pleasant Street and Warren Avenue.

“Today’s launch of the partnership between Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Vicente’s Tropical Grocery is terrific news for Greater Brockton,” Senator Warren said. “By improving access to quality health care and to healthy food options, this joint effort will help lead to healthier families and a stronger community. I’m very glad that federal funding supported it.” 

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AmeriCorps Program Applications- Need a Member?

LISC Boston Invites local non-profit partners to submit an application to host an AmeriCorps member. Members are funded through our national LISC AmeriCorps program via an application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Boston LISC will begin the program for full-time and half-time members on October 1, 2015 and continue through July 31, 2016.

Please request a full application package from Marizabel Benoit( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and or Marilyn Sanchez( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday July 28, 2015. Proposals may be emailed or faxed to Marizabel Benoit email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and faxed: 617 338-2209.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Marizabel Benoit at 617 338-0411 ext. 232.

   

Barbara Louis - AmeriCorps Member Spot light

Barbara Louis has served as a Career and Employment Services Coach on the First Source Program at Somerville Community Corporation. The First Source Program is collaboration between The City of Somerville, The Career place in Woburn, and Somerville Community Corporation.  We aspire to help people with barriers to employment, gain the skills and tools necessary to find and keep stable employment that pays a living wage.  I helped participants gain valuable soft skills in addition to helping them gain self-confidence while recognizing what skills and experience they already possess.  Through her language skills the First Source program was able to serve Haitian Immigrants in Somerville, which has increased capacity.

In February of this year, Barbara coordinated a Nanny Training that 13 people completed. It was the First Source Programs second Hard Skills Training. Barbara was very excited about the fact that she was able to make contacts and lay down a foundation for it to continue after her AmeriCorps service ends. "This has been a period of tremendous growth for me personally and professionally and it has been gratifying to come to SCC every day and feel like I have made an impact for the First Source Participants". 

   

Boston LISC looking for Assistant Program Officer - Green Retrofit Initiative

Boston LISC is looking for a dynamic Assistant Program Officer (APO) that will fill a variety of roles at Boston LISC, including working with the Senior Program Officer for the Green Retrofit Initiative to help affordable housing owners understand energy use in their buildings and work toward implementing energy-saving retrofits. The APO will organize Green Retrofit Initiative network meetings, workshops and forums, work closely with the Initiative's consultants and partners, and support participating organizations to ensure program goals are met. For a full description of the job posting, click here.

   

Recapitalizing Affordable Housing Training June 12, 2015

Please joing Boston LISC and experts from our national LISC Housing program, along with Marc Jahr of Community Development Futures, for this FREE training to prepare owners of aging affordable housing as you plan for recapitalization. Participants will work hands-on through project case studies to build a comprehensive understanding of the various financing pathways available for a variety of different projects.

Traning Topics will include:

  • HUD Assisted Programs
  • HUD Project-Based REntal Assistance (PBRA) Program
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC): 4% and 9%
  • Recap Time - Putting together the Capital Stack
  • Two is Good Company - the Joint Venture Agreement
  • Current outlook for local funding sources

This a FREE Training but Registration is required - Register here now - Lunch will be provided. Please feel free to forward this invitation. 

Thanks to our sponsor -  Capital One.

June 12, 2015 - At District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

   

Mel King Institute Breakfast June 23, 2015

Please join the Mel King Institute for another year of promoting community building. In the past year, the Mel King Institute has continued to serve the community development field through trainings, innovation forums, learning groups, mentorship and thought leadership. Boston LISC congratulates the Mel King Institute for its accomplishments and vision for a vibrant and thriving Massachusetts. Please click here to register for their Annual Breakfast celebration happening on June 23rd 8:30 am at the Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury.

   

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