Boston Resiliency Fund grantees
The Boston Resiliency Fund’s grantmaking focuses on our city’s most vulnerable individuals who have been most affected during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund’s priorities are to provide:
- food to Boston's children, families and seniors,
- support to first responders, front-line workers and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health, and
- technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning.
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- About Fresh: The funding will allow About Fresh to sustain door-to-door delivery of ‘Fresh Boxes’ to approximately 2,500 Boston households through the end of June, and hire staff needed to increase the number and operating hours of Fresh Air Mobile Markets in neighborhoods throughout the City.
- Boston Public Market Association & Pine Street Inn: The funding will extend the partnership between Boston Public Market and Pine Street Inn for two additional weeks. Funds cover the cost of ingredients and staff time to assemble and pack around 560 meals a day for Pine Street Inn, as well as transportation, delivery and operational/administrative costs.
- Breakfast IV Brothers: Breakfast IV Brothers (BIVB) will use the funding to partner with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), DoorDash, and Fresh Foods for meal delivery and grocery store gift cards for BIVB community members in Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester. BIVB will support connectivity for multiple young men and veterans in Mattapan, Roxbury, Dorchester, who relied on libraries, employers, and community center computers and are unable to invest in their own personal computer. The organization will also provide coordinated sessions with mental health professionals of color, as well as facilitate targeted conversations related to the trauma males of color in Boston are facing both personally and culturally during the pandemic.
- Caribbean Integration Community Development: Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICB) will hire part-time staff who speak Haitian Creole to work with individuals/families and assist with applications and referrals to appropriate agencies.
- Catholic Charities Boston & Teen Center at St. Peter’s: Catholic Charities and the Teen Center at St. Peter's will use the funding to continue the delivery of food and prepared meals to the families of over 350 youth who live in Bowdoin-Geneva and support the increased need at the agency's two Boston food pantries in Dorchester and the South End, which are now serving more than 10 times as many people as they were before the pandemic.
- Circle of Hope, Inc.: Circle of Hope (COH) will use the funding to purchase essential supplies like towels, toiletries, underwear, and clothing and make emergency deliveries to homeless and domestic violence shelters. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, shelters no longer have the ability to sort used clothing donations.
- Community Caring Clinic: Community Caring Clinic will use the funding to open up mental health services to first-line responders and low-income individuals with a focus on immigrant communities by adding a bilingual clinician. Community Caring Clinic will also provide grocery store gift cards for those clients in need.
- Dignity Matters, Inc.: Dignity Matters, Inc. will use the funding to purchase and deliver one months of essential feminine hygiene products to 600 adult women in Boston in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston and the Mattapan Food Pantry. This will ensure these women do not experience the negative physical and social effects of a disruption in access to menstrual care.
- Franciscan Children's: As the largest pediatric post-acute medical and pulmonary rehabilitation hospital in the Northeast, Franciscan Children’s will use the funding for universal screening of patients to help decrease disruptions to critical care.
- Greater Love Community Care: Greater Love Community Care will use the funding to provide box groceries for one week, financial support, and transportation as needed to support low-income families and seniors.
- Health Care For All: Health Care For All (HCFA) runs a free multi-lingual consumer assistance HelpLine that provides health insurance enrollment support for those with public or private healthcare coverage, as well as those who are uninsured. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the HelpLine’s call volume has soared with thousands of newly unemployed and uninsured residents, the long-term uninsured seeking coverage for the first time in years, and those who disenrolled or did not renew their coverage and now need health care services. The funding will allow Health Care for All to hire multilingual health counselors in Spanish and Portuguese.
- La Alianza Hispana: The funding will provide food and supplies for La Alianza Hispana’s Latino senior clients, as well as support for transition to online telehealth services.
- Neighborhood Network Center, Inc.: Neighborhood Network Center’s ‘Operation Safety Net’ will use the funding to provide boxes of food to high-risk or immuno-compromised households, and provide two weeks of food and supplies for households where there is an active case(s) of COVID-19.
- The PIM Project: With over 25 years of experience in dealing with servicing the City of Boston’s at-risk youth, the PIM Project will provide food and financial assistance for youth who are having financial difficulty at this time.
- Project Place: Project Place will use the funding to provide stipends to clients in the organization’s stabilization program for access food, clothing, etc. and remote stabilization services through Zoom and Google Classroom.
- Somali Development Center: The Somali Development Center will use funding to make 80 hot meals per day for 30 days from two local restaurants, Tawakal Halal Cafe in East Boston and Khadija Express Cafe in Roxbury, and hire eight out-of-work drivers to distribute the meals to seniors and other home-bound families.
- South End Community Health Center: The funding will allow South End Community Health Center to expand access to neighborhood-based COVID-19 testing by funding new self-contained screening units and test kits. In addition, the Center will provide culturally-competent outreach and education to individuals, in conjunction with testing, to increase knowledge of disease transmission and ways to prevent spread.
- The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Inc: The Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFI) will use the funding to teach families dealing with food insecurity, and who may be unemployed, in Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury, how to grow food, in order to add fresh food into their diets.
- Wilahmena's Place, Inc: Wilahmena’s Place will use the funding to provide essential and immediate services to Boston women and girls in the form of hygiene products, feminine products, diapers/baby formula, and grocery store gift cards.
- Young Man with a Plan: Young Man with a Plan provides front line academic and social-emotional support for 110 young men, with an average of over three years tenure with the program. During this crisis, their weekly meetings were replaced by Zoom meetings. The funding will allow the organization to provide food, personal care and cleaning supplies to households in need.
Assistance to housebound seniors:
- Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation: Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is sourcing and delivering culturally appropriate foods — including fresh produce and shelf-stable ingredients — and essential supply deliveries to 60 vulnerable households weekly.
- Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center Inc.: Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center is one of two Meals on Wheels providers in Boston. This funding will allow them to continue preparing and delivering 3,400 daily meals to seniors in all neighborhoods in Boston and provide needed sanitation and personal protection supplies.
Support for homeless or previously homeless individuals:
- Caritas Communities: Caritas Communities owns and manages 33 properties that provide safe, permanent housing to very low-income individuals. This grant will support food assistance for vulnerable residents and additional professional cleanings to ensure that shared bathrooms, kitchens and common areas remain clean and safe.
- The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless: The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) will work with Procter & Gamble (P&G) to make hand sanitizer available to every homeless shelter in Boston.
- Y2Y Network: Y2Y Harvard Square serves youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Boston. In response to the pandemic, Y2Y has increased staffing, hired professional cleaners who deep clean the shelter each morning, outsourced laundry services and food preparation, and installed handwashing stations.
Ensure food access citywide:
- Lovin' Spoonfuls: Lovin' Spoonfuls will continue to rescue and distribute more than 120,000 pounds of food to 56 nonprofit partners, such as food pantries, in Boston.
Funding for expanded mental health capacity:
- Brookview: Brookview will expand its mental health services to serve families in their residential and community programs. Brookview serves women and children disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, such as homeless families and domestic violence survivors who may be feeling more anxious, afraid, depressed. In addition, this grant will provide financial assistance to support basic needs.
- De Novo Center for Justice and Healing: This grant would allow De Novo to retain a clinical social worker to provide free mental health services for low-income members of our community who are struggling to cope with the effects of COVID-19 and a fund for financial assistance to clients who have been hardest hit by the crisis, helping them to secure food and other basic necessities.
Support for youth, families and children:
- Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service: Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service will provide gift cards, financial assistance, and information to under-resourced and vulnerable agency clients -- youth, young adults, and their families -- so they can purchase food, groceries, toiletries, hygiene products, and other basic necessities.
- Center for Teen Empowerment: Center for Teen Empowerment will provide grocery gift cards and financial assistance as needed for the low-income families they work with. They also will use a small portion to continue our online events and initiatives for youth around mental wellness and violence prevention.
- East Boston Neighborhood Health Center: East Boston Neighborhood Health Center will provide infant vaccinations, prescription drop-offs, and need-based deliveries of diapers, baby wipes, and formula to the East Boston community. Delivery essentials will be supplemented with grocery store gift cards.
- Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC): JPNDC will purchase grocery store gift cards for families in their Family Prosperity and Childcare Services who have lost employment and are in need of food.
- St. Stephen's Youth Programs: St. Stephen’s Youth Programs will use this funding to continue their Thursday distributions of food and financial assistance to families through "B-LOVE Bundles" consisting of beans, rice, pasta, dried fruit, toilet paper, paper towels, personal hygiene products, crayons, games, chalk and books.
Funding for community, neighborhood-based organizations:
- African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE): ACEDONE aims will secure and deliver halaal breakfast on Eid-Al-Fitr for Muslim Families in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and neighboring areas.
- Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center Inc.: The Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center will expand staff and outreach at their food pantry to increase food distribution for the Haitian community. They will also bring a mobile food pantry van to different church sites in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury.
- Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC): CSNDC will use the funds to support their low/moderate income tenants who have been identified through a survey of constituents. CSNDC will purchase gift cards for groceries and related essential expenses for residents to meet their essential and immediate needs.
- Community Labor United: Community Labor United (CLU) will work with its partner organizations in the Asian American, Latinx, and black communities in East Boston, Chinatown, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and beyond to support families of color who have been impacted directly by COVID-19. CLU will work with a network of 9 other organizations including Alternatives for Community and Environment, Asian American Resource Workshop, Brazilian Worker Center, Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity, Chinese Progressive Association, City Life / Vida Urbana Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, New England United for Justice, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development.
- Elevate Boston: Elevate Boston is coordinating efforts to provide essential services for the most vulnerable residents impacted by the pandemic. They are focused on distribution of groceries, hot meals, PPE, and toiletries and have supported over 12,000 Boston children, seniors and families. In addition, they are also providing stipends to drivers and volunteers to distribute these supplies and have already distributed over 5,500 resource and information packets. This grant will continue supporting their work.
- IPC Irish Pastoral Centre: Irish Pastoral Centre will work with seniors, mothers, and immigrant families in Dorchester, Allston-Brighton and West Roxbury and provide emergency relief through grocery store gift cards, crisis counseling and financial assistance.
Expanding testing at neighborhood-based community health centers:
The Boston Resiliency Fund has now dedicated $1.24 million to expand COVID-19 testing and conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education at 17 community health centers across City of Boston neighborhoods. This week, grants include:
Support for frontline and essential workers:
- 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF): The grant will support Home Health Care Aides working or living in Boston by providing a health and safety training that emphasizes infection prevention, specifically deep hand cleaning protocols, proper handling and removal of personal protective equipment (PPE), and safe use of chemicals. Those who participate in the training will receive a small stipend upon completion.
- The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare: The Schwartz Center will launch a new initiative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD to offer Stress First Aid (SFA) training to teams from Boston healthcare institutions. Once trained, these teams will be able to offer SFA as well as train others, thus becoming “force multipliers” and having a positive ripple effect throughout their organization. This funding would allow the Schwartz Center to expand beyond their member hospitals and work with Community Health Centers as well.
- YMCA Emergency Childcare: With previous support from the Boston Resiliency Fund, the YMCA has provided 380,000 “grab & go” meals for children; over 25,000 meals for adults; 17,000 bags of groceries, diapers, baby formula and other hygiene products for families and seniors; and 360 child care slots for essential workers in Boston. This additional support will enable the YMCA to keep emergency child care centers open through the end of June.
Expansion of community telehealth services:
- Expansion of Community Health Centers (CNC) Telehealth with the Mass League: The grant will expand telehealth capacity from the pilot with 9 initial Community Health Centers to 19 Community Health Centers in Boston. Those centers that were part of the pilot have already coordinated and placed orders for needed telehealth equipment for staff and patients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Increasing access to food and basic needs for residents:
- Catie's Closet: The grant will allow Catie’s Closet to continue to provide basic necessities, including toiletries and feminine products to homeless and low-income families through the City’s youth meal sites.
- Community Servings: Community Servings will continue to prepare and deliver healthy wellness meals, in partnership with the City of Boston, for approximately 1,500 food insecure Boston residents including children, seniors, and families.
- NAACP Boston Branch: The NAACP Boston Branch will use the grant to support families with the financial support necessary to purchase groceries and pay for prescriptions.
- Newmarket Community Partners: Newmarket Community Partners will coordinate essential "last mile" transportation, in partnership with the City of Boston, to distribute food to Boston Housing Authority and Age Strong residents. They will support this work by adding additional trucks and hiring more drivers through mid-June. They will also continue to support opportunities for small businesses at risk of permanent closure.
- Paulist Center: The Paulist Center will use funds to continue providing take-out meals for their Wednesday Supper Club and bagged groceries for their food pantry.
- St. Mary's Episcopal Church: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester will use funds to purchase groceries for their food pantry and continue food deliveries to food pantry clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support for community-based organizations and Boston residents:
- Asian American Civic Association: The grant will be used to provide financial assistance to Boston households to prevent homelessness due to inability to pay rent or mortgage due to COVID-19.
- Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Charlestown Adult Education: BHA Charlestown Adult Education program will use funds to distribute gift cards and food essentials to Boston residents in need.
- Chica Project: Chica Project will support 90 Boston girls and young women of color who have been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing grocery gift cards to girls and their families, supporting staff and facilitators for their school-based and community-based programming, and offering emergency stipends for housing insecure families that have lost income.
- Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers: The grant will allow the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers to fund three outreach workers and connect domestic workers with financial assistance and additional supports, such as food and access to health care insurance.
- The Guild: With previous support from the Boston Resiliency Fund, The Guild has supported over 1,700 residents since April 1st, including seniors, home-bound residents, and immigrant families. This additional support will allow The Guild to continue assembling and delivering critical care packages of food, toiletries, cleaning, personal, senior and child care supplies to households across Dorchester, and Roxbury, Mattapan. The grant will also support group wellness and healing for pregnant and new mothers.
- YouthBuild USA/Youth on Board: The grant will allow Youth on Board and Boston Student Advisory Council to continue their advocacy and programming in partnership with the Boston Public Schools leadership. In particular, Youth on Board is focused on providing peer support, workshops and unique learning opportunities for Boston’s young people.
- Youth Guidance - Becoming A Man (BAM) Boston: Through BAM, Youth Guidance provides critical counseling services for over 500 young men through a virtual platform. To address the needs of their community and augment the counseling services they are already providing, the grant will support the purchase and distribution of gift cards to families in-need to acquire basic necessities and essentials.
Expanding testing at neighborhood-based community health centers: The Boston Resiliency Fund has now dedicated $1.1 million to expand COVID-19 testing and conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education at 15 community health centers across City of Boston neighborhoods. This week, grants include:
Increasing food access through local restaurants in the neighborhoods:
- CommonWealth Kitchen: Starting in early May, Commonwealth Kitchen (CWK), in partnership with local, minority-owned restaurants in neighborhoods across the City, will launch the second phase of CommonTable, an effort to provide free meals to needy families and seniors at community sites. The program will be piloted with 3 restaurants, Tawakal Halal Café, 50Kitchen, and Achilitos Taqueria. By the end of May, CWK expects to have 10+ restaurants participating, with the goal of reaching 20 restaurants in June. CWK is working with the City of Boston's Office of Food Access to identify the pick-up sites.
Providing essentials to parents for their young children:
- Action for Boston Community Development: ABCD will increase emergency distribution of baby formula to families with infants through food pantries and deliveries where possible.
- Families First: Families First provides virtual parenting programs for parents with young children on topics like stress reduction and resilience and connects parents with emergency food resources and basic need items.
- Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, Inc.: Family Nurturing Center coordinates neighborhood-based family support programs on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to assess needs of families. FNC will distribute diapers, wipes, and cleaning/hygiene supplies to families who are participating in FNC or partner programs.
Continued support for neighborhood-based organizations:
- BEST Corp.: BEST will distribute grocery cards, help with internet access costs, and provide financial assistance for unemployed hospitality workers who do not meet the criteria for other stimulus funds but are in great need.
- Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston: BMA staff will purchase grocery gift cards and engage with their network of pastors and local congregations to immediately begin food card distribution.
- East Boston Social Centers: East Boston Social Centers, in partnership with the ICA Watershed and Grace Church Food Pantry, will deliver food three days per week to vulnerable families, children, and seniors who are finding it challenging to get what they need due to increased demand & scarcity of goods.
- First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain: The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain will continue to serve and deliver hot meals from their commissary kitchen three days per week to seniors, homeless individuals, and low-income Bostonians.
- Gilbert Albert Community Center (GACC): GACC and St. Mark Community Education Program will partner with a local restaurant to deliver healthy, culturally-appropriate meals to immigrant and refugee adults five days per week.
- Harvest on the Vine Food Pantry: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Harvest on the Vine is serving more Charlestown families, especially the families living in the Bunker Hill Housing Development, and will use funds to supplement supplies from the Greater Boston Food Bank.
- Mattapan Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc.: The Mattapan Tech Covid-19 Citizens Response will continue to provide financial assistance for immigrant families in need and provide food for the guests that are temporarily housed through the response effort.
- MissionSAFE: MissionSAFE will continue to deliver food and supplies to families and seniors who are unable to leave their homes.
Continued support to community health centers and healthcare systems: The Boston Resiliency Fund has now dedicated $1,000,000 to expand COVID-19 testing and conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education at 13 community health centers across City of Boston neighborhoods.
- Charles River Community Health
- Fenway Health
- Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center
- Harbor Health Services, Inc.
Ensuring Boston's children, families, and seniors have access to food and basic needs:
- Daily Table will expand their prepared meals program to produce an additional 500 meals per day (2,500 per week) and deliver them to a meal pick-up site in Dorchester.
- Greater Boston Food Bank will expand its capacity to continue receiving and distributing healthy food to those in need in Boston, including a new partnership to distribute produce boxes to Boston Housing Authority residents and the Age Strong community.
- South Boston Association of Nonprofits will support South Boston families in need by coordinating access to food pantries, daily senior lunch deliveries, and weekly prepared meals and grocery deliveries. Partner agencies include: Fourth Presbyterian Church, Gavin Foundation, Julie's Family Learning Program, Paraclete Center, South Boston Neighborhood House, South Boston Action Center, South Boston Aide Network, South Boston Boys and Girls Club, and St. Monica's Food Pantry.
Support for organizations doing work in Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roslindale, neighborhoods experiencing higher rates of COVID-19:
- Fathers’ Uplift, Inc. will provide at-risk families with financial assistance in the face of economic hardship and will offer mental health and wellness options. Their services are specifically targeted towards fathers of color and their families in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury.
- My Brother’s Keeper Boston, in partnership with MBK 617, will continue to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color and will provide gift cards for basic necessities and essentials.
- Nehemiah Project for Hope and MA Association of Haitian Parents will deliver weekly groceries and basic toiletry needs to families in the Haitian Community.
Support for food delivery to older Bostonians who are unable to leave their homes:
- 2Life Communities will prepare and deliver seven home-delivered meals per week to over 900 low-income seniors who live in their Brighton facilities and are unable to leave their apartments.
- Bunker Hill Associates will deliver grocery items for the most vulnerable or immunocompromised residents living in senior buildings in Charlestown who are unable to leave their home to get groceries.
- Haitian American United will work with two Haitian cuisine caterers based in Boston to prepare two meals for community elders at least three times per week. In addition, two Haitian drivers will be hired to deliver food to families.
- Rose’s Bounty Food Pantry will continue making personal deliveries to the elderly now that senior centers are closed, and will keep open their drive-through pantry.
Support for Boston’s vulnerable populations including immigrants, homeless individuals and domestic violence survivors:
- Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) will financially assist clients who are undocumented or pending status, many of whom are living below the poverty level.
- Cathedral Church of St. Paul will medically screen and welcome up to 200 unhoused people, in shifts, providing them hot meals and bagged lunches, water, access to restrooms, and outlets for charging phones.
- Common Cathedral will work to meet the increased demand for access to boxed take-out meals, a safe place to rest, and bathrooms for homeless individuals in and around Boston Common.
- Somali Development Center will coordinate the pick-up and delivery of meals from a local Somali restaurant by hiring drivers that have lost their means of income due to COVID-19.
Continued support to community health centers and healthcare systems:
- Expanded COVID-19 Testing for Community Health Centers that will allow the Harvard Street and Dimock Community Health Centers increase neighborhood-based testing. So far, the Boston Resiliency Fund has supported nine community health centers in neighborhoods that are seeing higher incidences of COVID-19. We have an updated map of testing sites online.
- Mass. League of Community Health Centers will pilot telehealth expansion with nine community health centers in Boston. This pilot will allow community health centers to screen for testing virtually and conduct follow up appointments at home with those who test positive. It will also give patients access to virtual visits and health monitoring devices for better management of chronic disease.
- Personal Protective Equipment that will protect Boston’s frontline and essential workers at health centers, long-term care facilities, shelters, and other nonprofit providers across the City. This additional funding from the Boston Resiliency Fund matches the $500,000 MAPFRE Foundation grant awarded to the City of Boston on April 16, 2020.
Ensuring Boston's children, families, and seniors have access to food and basic needs:
- African Community Economic Development of New England, in partnership with ISBCC’s Ascia Foods, will provide Iftar (sunset) meals to Boston’s Muslim community during Ramadan.
- Boston Public Market Association will work with the Market’s local vendors to prepare and deliver nourishing, safe meals for various senior centers and meal sites and to homeless guests and residents at the Pine Street Inn.
- Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester will provide "grab and go" bags of groceries and baby formula to low-income families with young children in Dorchester.
- Hope & Comfort supplies basic hygiene items to under-resourced youth and families via meal sites, including those run by the Boston Public Schools and the YMCA of Greater Boston.
- More Than Words will buy and deliver food and hygiene supplies to more than 300 youth and young adults who are facing food insecurity.
Support for organizations doing work in East Boston, a neighborhood experiencing higher rates of COVID-19:
- Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity will offer financial relief for East Boston families in need who are ineligible to receive support from other resources.
- East Boston Soup Kitchen will continue distributing grocery gift cards to families in need in the East Boston community.
- Eastie Farm will work with East Boston Mutual Aid, East Boston Soup Kitchen, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and Chinese Progressive Association to identify families in need of food. Two local restaurants, Bon Me and Tawakal Halal Cafe, will then prepare and distribute safely prepared meals to families in East Boston and Chinatown.
- Maverick Landing Community Services, in partnership with The Harborside Community Center, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, and Veronica Robles Cultural Center, will offer food, supplies and financial assistance to East Boston families who do not have access to stimulus dollars, unemployment assistance, or who do not qualify for public benefits.
- Salesian Boys and Girls Club distributes meals from the Club and provides home delivery of breakfast, lunch, hygiene products, and at-home art activities to children and families.
Support for Boston’s most vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness and persons with disabilities:
- Commonwealth Land Trust will support vulnerable residents with HIV/AIDS in their supportive housing programs by providing increased frequency and extent of cleaning and enhancing social distancing policies.
- Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities, Inc. will adapt their service delivery to provide deaf-accessible essential health information relating to COVID-19, how to access basic needs online, and more.
- Haley House will prepare 500 additional hot take-out meals and expand their food pantry services at their South End soup kitchen.
- Health Care Without Walls will staff screening stations at Rosie’s Place to promote the health and safety of guests and will provide gift cards to vulnerable clients in need of basic supplies.
- Home for Little Wanderers will provide extra meals for children and youth living at their group homes and residential sites and grocery assistance to families and individuals identified by their clinicians.
- New England Paralyzed Veterans of America will continue transporting disabled veterans to the VA Boston Healthcare System, help veterans combat feelings of isolation and loneliness, and assist home-bound veterans with their food needs.
- Rosie’s Place will continue to be a safe space where vulnerable and homeless women can access services such as medical screening, showers, both daytime and overnight shelter, prepared to-go meals and snacks, and groceries.
- Boston Family Shelter Collaborative will bring together 18 shelter agencies that operate the 38 family shelter programs in Boston, with United Way as the fiscal sponsor. This collaborative will purchase grocery store gift cards for families, create a basic needs fund to purchase hygiene necessities that are needed in congregate settings, and provide telecommunications support as needed. Shelter agencies include: Atask, Brookview House, Casa Nueva Vida, Catholic Charities, Children’s Services of Roxbury, Crossroads Family Shelter, Dimock Community Health Center, Economic Mobility Pathways, Elizabeth Stone House, FamilyAid Boston, Fenix House, Hildebrand Family Self-Help, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Project Hope, Sojourner House. St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, Victory Programs, and YMCA of Greater Boston. Casa Myrna and Heading Home received separate grants from the Boston Resiliency Fund in previous funding rounds.
- Boston Girls Empowerment Network (BGEN) will coordinate a culturally competent response for Afro-Heritage immigrant and refugee women by connecting them to ethnic food distribution sites near their home, enhancing food pantries with relevant feminine hygiene kits, and creating virtual support circles in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury.
- Brazilian Worker Center will partner with designated sites around the City that serve vulnerable populations to make these spaces safe, healthy, and disease-free. These sites will be open to residents without options for sanitary and hygiene needs. This grant will support qualified, trained cleaners in these spaces for one month.
- Dimock Community Health Center will stand up a quarantine/isolation space for men and women with substance use disorder from their residential recovery program and older adults with developmental disabilities who live in Dimock’s off-campus group homes in various Boston neighborhoods.
- Elevate Boston, in partnership with Families for Justice as Healing, will continue their efforts to provide hot meals, groceries, toiletries, sanitizer, and gift cards to students, elders and families in need across Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roslindale, South Boston, and the South End.
- Expanded COVID-19 Testing for Community Health Centers: Initial data collected by the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts suggest that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting people of color and people living in certain neighborhoods, including Mattapan, Dorchester, East Boston and Hyde Park. This grant will expand access to testing in these communities by funding new screening units and test kits at six Community Health Centers (CHCs). In addition, these CHCs will provide culturally-competent outreach and education to individuals, in conjunction with testing, to increase knowledge of disease transmission and ways to prevent spread. The following health centers will work together to ensure access to neighborhood-based testing
- Bowdoin Street Health Center (Dorchester)
- Codman Square Health Center (Dorchester)
- DotHouse Health (Dorchester)
- Mattapan Community Health Center (Mattapan)
- Uphams’ Corner Health Center (Dorchester)
- Whittier Street Health Center (Roxbury)
- East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (East Boston) - Funded separately on 4/6/2020
- Mothers for Justice and Equality will continue providing gift cards, in addition to online services such as workshops, check-ins, support groups and case management, for their youth and families in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury, who are now in isolation and dealing with extreme anxiety and facing a lack of access to mental health services.
- Mujeres Unidas Avanzando will purchase grocery store gift cards for students and their families so that they can have choice and buy the food and other necessities that they most need. MUA serves students and families from Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, and Roxbury.
- Project RIGHT will provide grocery store gift cards for mothers with infants and toddlers in Dorchester and Roxbury to ensure that families in need have formula, diapers, wipes and other sanitary products.
- RIZE Massachusetts will work with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services to support front-line health care workers and harm reduction programs serving people with substance use disorder. RIZE will provide a 100% match grant, leveraging the Boston Resiliency Fund's investment. This grant will increase infection control for on-street populations by funding additional handwashing stations, provide operational support for harm reduction and street outreach staff, and create incentives for unhoused clients to complete quarantine/isolation.
- St. Francis House continues to serve guests at its day shelter seven-days a week and is providing enhanced essential services through pre-bagged food service, clothing distribution, mental health counseling and showers. SFH will also use this grant to contract outside cleaners, screen guests entering for COVID-19 symptoms, and support additional personnel costs for services previously provided by volunteers.
- The Guild will purchase and distribute food and provide virtual mental health and wellness supports to residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.
- Voice of Tabernacle Multiservice Center will deliver food and support to seniors in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roxbury, who are not able to come and pick up their own food and no longer have access to ethnically appropriate hot meals at senior centers. The Center will also expand staffing in their food pantry to manage the increased demand due to the pandemic.
- Black Economic Justice Institute is currently providing grocery gift cards to those in need and has already distributed $20,000 in grocery gift cards. This grant will help continue that work.
- BMEN Foundation has helped facilitate support for hundreds of people in Dorchester through coordinating phone banking efforts. This grant will be used to help deliver food, gas cards, and gift cards to additional residents in need.
- Boston Cares mobilizes and trains individual and corporate volunteers who strengthen communities and improve the lives of people in need. This grant will support volunteer recruitment and management for food access and distribution at Boston Public Schools meal sites.
- Boston Immigrants COVID-19 Collaborative brings together 11 diverse immigrant-serving organizations to provide direct emergency relief and culturally competent food to over 1,200 families. Partners include: Rian Immigrant Center (fiscal sponsor), Agencia ALPHA, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Brazilian Worker Center, Centro Presente, Immigrant Family Services Institute, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Center for Collaborative Education (BINcA), Caribbean Youth Club, Sociedad Latina, and ICNA Relief.
- Bridge Over Troubled Waters is expanding capacity to effectively and safely provide food, shelter, housing, physical and mental health care and safety to individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Building Audacity delivers breakfasts and lunches to Boston residents each week. This grant will help provide additional groceries and meals for families in need.
- Cape Verdean Association of Boston provides food from local restaurants, toiletries and essential needs to low-income immigrant families and seniors. This grant will help continue that work.
- Casa Myrna provides direct support for food, medical supplies, and emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence, and members of their household. Domestic violence survivors forced to remain with abusers due to the virus are at increased risk and will need additional supports.
- Catholic Charities of Boston has two food pantries that serve 180 to 200 people per day and provide food bags for partners to distribute to clients. This grant will help provide food, emergency essential supplies and food pantry program supplies.
- Catie's Closet provides access to basic necessities, such as toiletries and feminine products, to students and families in collaboration with Boston Public Schools’ meal sites.
- Chinese Progressive Association will work with partners to staff city meal sites and deliver food straight to the homes of families in need. Staffing efforts will be focused on residents who have been laid off because of COVID-19 and who represent the diverse languages and cultures of Boston. In addition, this grant will support the Asian Community Relief Fund, launched in partnerships with Asian Community Development Corporation, AAARW, GBLS Asian Outreach Unit and VietAID.
- City Mission will utilize this grant to increase food security for low-income single mothers in Boston through the purchase of gift cards.
- CommonWealth Kitchen will meet the growing need for prepared foods for seniors, low-income families, and other frontline workers by engaging member businesses to help with meal production and distribution.
- Dominican Development Center will use this grant to provide essential needs to domestic workers and immigrant mothers in need of food and other supplies.
- East Boston Neighborhood Health Center provides COVID-19 testing services for first responders at a drive-through clinic at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, in coordination with the City, State and EMS agencies. This grant will support the staffing and supplies needed to operate the testing site.
- Emergency Child Care Program Relief (Boston Opportunity Agenda) will support current family child care and center-based emergency childcare providers for essential workers. This grant will help close the gap between state funding and operational costs to ensure the continuity of emergency child care operations through May 4. Partners include: 20 family child care programs, 9 YMCA programs, Whittier Street Health Center, Nurtury, and Wee Care JP.
- EMS Wellness Screening Automated Texting Tool (LivableStreets Alliance) will allow central EMS staff to connect, interact with and monitor the health of front-line EMS staff through a new mobile automated texting tool.
- Elizabeth Stone House will provide food, medicine and hygiene products to low-income and/or homeless domestic violence survivors, who are unable to openly travel to established food pick-up sites.
- Heading Home currently serves over 500 households through our shelter and housing programs. This grant will provide food, water, baby formula and the logistics support needed to deliver to Heading Home’s Boston families.
- International Institute of New England will provide Boston refugees, unaccompanied minors, and undocumented immigrants in their care with emergency food.
- John F. Kennedy Family Service Center will provide low-income families and seniors in Charlestown with additional needed emergency food relief.
- Lovin' Spoonfuls rescues food from grocery stores and produce wholesalers and delivers it directly to over 60 Boston-based nonprofit partners each week. This grant will rescue approximately 120K lbs of food, creating more than 96,000 meals over the next month.
- Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is continuing to deliver services via telehealth to its clients, including teen parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, and children with behavioral health needs. This grant will support the purchase of food, diapers, formula, and medicine.
- Off Their Plate collaborates with Boston restaurant owners to restore food industry jobs while safely preparing and delivering meals to Boston hospitals and health care facilities.
- Smart from the Start provides home deliveries of food and supplies and are currently delivering over 300 meals per week. This grant will help provide additional home deliveries of food and emergency care packages.
- Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) provides meal packages and hot meal delivery to older adults and families in Dorchester. This grant will help expand the capacity to additional households in need.
- Women's Lunch Place will provide boxed breakfast and lunch for take-out, COVID-19 educational materials, toiletries, and feminine products for women experiencing homelessness.
- WORK Inc. operates a Family Support Center for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. This grant will support the delivery of food, toiletries and supplies to the families at the center.
- YMCA of Greater Boston strives to meet the needs of low-income Boston families through the activation of food sites and emergency child care centers throughout the city.This grant will support additional staffing costs, food supplies, and meal delivery.
- Greater Boston Food Bank will expand its capacity to continue receiving and distributing healthy food to those in need in Boston.
- Ethos regularly delivers over 8,000 meals to homebound and isolated elders each day through its Meals on Wheels program, and will increase its capacity to do home delivery during the pandemic.
- About Fresh / Fresh Truck will partner with Katsiroubas Brothers, YMCA and Office of Food Access on its delivery of fresh produce and groceries.
- Community Servings provides medically tailored, nutritious, scratch-made meals to chronically and critically ill individuals and their families, and will expand their food delivery to these populations during the pandemic.
- Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is the statewide resource for people looking to access food resources and has seen a four fold increase in calls during the pandemic. This grant will support the increase in staff needed to field calls and direct Boston residents to the services they need, as well as mini-grants for city meal sites.
- Boston Health Care for the Homeless has rapidly shifted its focus to include new screening and testing initiatives, creating isolation units, and operating the new medical tents that were created by the City of Boston with the support of Suffolk Construction.
- Boston Medical Center will utilize this grant to provide expanded care for its patients, increase support for its medical providers and staff, and sustain safe, effective, and efficient hospital operations as they operate in additional temporary facilities.
- Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services to 2,000 men and women experiencing homelessness every day. During this pandemic, Pine Street Inn staff are increasing cleaning of their facilities and working with the Boston Public Health Commission to staff quarantine sites for people experiencing homelessness.
As a result of a $2 million grant from the fund, along with $3.5 million in City resources, Boston Public Schools was able to purchase 20,000 Chromebooks for Boston students.
The Chromebooks are are now being distributed to students across the district in grades 3-12 who don't have access to a computer at home. To learn more, please visit the Boston Public Schools website.
About the fund
A Steering Committee was established after the Fund’s formation to provide direct oversight and funding recommendations based on statement of interests received. The three-member Steering Committee includes:
- Jack Connors, Jr.
- Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO of Partners Healthcare, and
- Jeff Leiden, MD, PhD, Executive Chairman of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
The steering committee vetted and validated each step of the selection process. The review committee, which reviews applications and provides recommendations to the Steering Committee, is composed of more than 25 representatives from diverse City Departments.
Each of the grantees focus on helping Boston individuals and families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. They support a wide range of approaches that serve different, targeted populations with an applied lens of equity, including:
- seniors and children
- people experiencing homelessness
- undocumented immigrants
- residents with limited English proficiency
- first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers
- people with disabilities,
- low-income families, and
- communities of color.
All awarded grants will be posted on this page. Additional information about each of these organizations is below. Grant sizes range from $5,000 to $1,250,000.
To meet the immediate needs of the Boston community, grants will be made on a rolling basis. Organizations that are interested in applying for a future grant from the Boston Resiliency Fund should submit a formal statement of interest.