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Nuestra & Soleil Feeding Roxbury Neighbors In Need

The Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee on June 11th awarded Nuestra Comunidad a $35,000 grant to secure food access for Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan residents least able to access enough food at this time. With grant partner Soleil restaurant, we are serving seniors & families least able to leave their housing & most vulnerable to COVID-19. Thanks to the City of Boston and Mayor Marty Walsh for this important resource.

Nuestra also operates two food pickup sites and provides grocery purchases to supplement food pantry supplies for residents with food insecurity. During the COVID19 state of emergency, Nuestra to date has provided 8,605 meals, using $63,880 in in-kind donations to help address food insecurity. We identified these households by making 3,412 wellness calls, made by a team of volunteers and staff. Another major need identified was rental assistance; and we have referred 206 households to rental assistance agencies.

It’s gratifying to partner with Nubian Square restaurant owner Cheryl Straughter in this effort. Cheryl and her Soleil restaurant were recently recognized for their business leadership in Nubian Square in a Boston Globe profile, available https://bit.ly/2BYu63y

If you’d like to donate to this effort, go to our donate page in the menu above. To volunteer, contact Monica Dean at mdean@oppcommunities.org.

By |June 13th, 2020|Comments Off on Nuestra & Soleil Feeding Roxbury Neighbors In Need

Nuestra Stands With Roxbury, Against Racism

The murder of George Floyd—sadly following the killings of Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and so many before—on the heels of the pandemic leaves us sad, angry, and thirsting for justice. Nuestra and our partners in Opportunity Communities (OppCo) stand in solidarity with black and brown people in demanding justice & the end to institutional racism. Nuestra and OppCo recommit to working to resolve racial injustice that undermines the soul of our communities and our country. We stand with community leaders who are stepping forward, speaking their truth, and making clear proposals on stopping police violence against people of color. Change can’t wait any longer.

At the same time, the past three gut- wrenching months have been particularly hard for communities of color who have disproportionally borne the brunt of the twin pandemics of racism and COVID-19. In Nuestra’s communities of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and the other OppCo communities of Chelsea, Revere and Everett, we worry when families must go to work without adequate protection, when the rent is due and the job is shuttered, when our children’s education is interrupted, and when our parents are hospitalized. We will continue to address our neighbors’ immediate needs for food and financial assistance, and work to create a system where no one lacks for food, or has to choose between food and rent.

OppCo is a strategy to build strong community organizations to fight for immediate relief and structural change. OppCo provides a platform for locally-led member-organizations to build communities where all residents can pursue their dreams, with opportunity for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation. In order to undo structural racism, we believe it is important for change to be led by residents, and for profit to remain in the community where it is earned. We know that we cannot create opportunity communities without an end to police brutality and institutional racism. We commit to better understand how to undo racism and achieve these goals. Nuestra Comunidad and our OppCo partner, The Neighborhood Developers, commit to work with many others in our neighborhoods to create strong and racially just communities. Our resolve is only strengthened by these trials and we are encouraged and motivated by the opportunity the protests present.

By |June 9th, 2020|Comments Off on Nuestra Stands With Roxbury, Against Racism

Apply to be part of the Dudley Promise Corps

DPC Recruitment flyer APRIL update. draft (1)

By |April 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Apply to be part of the Dudley Promise Corps

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

rose fellowAbout the Rose Fellowship
The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners early-career architectural designers with local community development organizations, for three-year fellowships in which they facilitate an inclusive approach to development to create green, sustainable, and affordable communities. By becoming a fellow, designers join a growing network of passionate and talented public interest designers who are continuously changing what is possible in community development.

Rose Fellowship: Boston 2016. Hosted by A Better City.
A Better City is a community organization that works to support the Boston region through an efficient, effective, and equitable transportation system, characterized by high design quality and resilience. The Rose Fellow will support ABC’s work in the transportation and public realm by working on conceptual design of a case study site that will exemplify best practices in these interrelated issues. The fellow will also be central to helping establish and build strong relationships with allies and will work to integrate placemaking approaches into ABC’s work more broadly.

 Application Deadline: Midnight PST, Sunday December 13, 2015.

Learn more about the fellowship experience and this opportunity on the Enterprise Rose Fellowship website.

By |November 30th, 2015|Comments Off on The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship