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Lena Park Community Development Corporation, Dorchester, Massachusetts

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Address: 150 American Legion Highway
Dorchester, Massachusetts  02124  
United States
Is 501(c)(3) nonprofit certified by the IRS?: Yes
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 60
Number of People Being Served: 1300
EIN: 04-2531287
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Mission Statement


Mission Lena Park’s mission is to provide integrated programs, services and access to resources that will help youth and families in the Lena Park catchment area build healthy lives, healthy families, and a healthy community. Vision Lena Park’s vision for its community is one in which youth have supports to achieve academic success that enables them to complete college and/or a career oriented job; youth and families have access to activities and recreation that provide alternatives to violence and that build positive youth development assets; and families have access to community, private and government resources and services that they can use to strengthen their families.

Description


LPCDC was founded in 1968 by community residents concerned with affordable housing needs and youth development. In 1970 Lena Park expanded into a multi-service community center, and incorporated as the Lena Park Community Development Corporation (LPCDC) in 1973. In recognition of this new agency, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies transferred ownership of the YMHA Hecht House, 150 American Legion Highway, to Lena Park. The organization is a SOMWBA certified. Over the decades, LPCDC has impacted thousands of children, youth, and families as a key service provider of quality affordable housing and effective human services. In 2009 LPCDC’s Board determined that it was best to suspend their social services and only provide affordable housing while they reassess their mission. LPCDC identified unique services needed for the community through a community assessment/planning process provided by an external consultant. This assessment has guided LPCDC in its reopening this April 30, 2015. Also during that time LPCDC sold a portion of their building and completed a $1.4Mil renovation to its half of the building. This was a strategic move on the part of the Board who wanted to downsize and better the facility, have more resources, and have an environmentally friendly building that is more manageable to maintain. Program areas at the new Community Center include: Holistic Family Support, Tech Café, Visual/Performing Arts, Recreation, and Youth Education. Also there are six affordable housing developments LPCDC manages which represent 1,300+ residents who often access our programs and services.

LPCDC was founded in 1968 by community residents concerned with affordable housing needs and youth development. In 1970 Lena Park expanded into a multi-service community center, and incorporated as the Lena Park Community Development Corporation (LPCDC) in 1973. In recognition of this new agency, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies transferred ownership of the YMHA Hecht House, 150 American Legion Highway, to Lena Park. The organization is a SOMWBA certified. Over the decades, LPCDC has impacted thousands of children, youth, and families as a key service provider of quality affordable housing and effective human services. In 2009 LPCDC’s Board determined that it was best to suspend their social services and only provide affordable housing while they reassess their mission. LPCDC identified unique services needed for the community through a community assessment/planning process provided by an external consultant. This assessment has guided LPCDC in its reopening this April 30, 2015. Also during that time LPCDC sold a portion of their building and completed a $1.4Mil renovation to its half of the building. This was a strategic move on the part of the Board who wanted to downsize and better the facility, have more resources, and have an environmentally friendly building that is more manageable to maintain. Program areas at the new Community Center include: Holistic Family Support, Tech Café, Visual/Performing Arts, Recreation, and Youth Education. Also there are six affordable housing developments LPCDC manages which represent 1,300+ residents who often access our programs and services.

Mission Statement: Mission Lena Park’s mission is to provide integrated programs, services and access to resources that will help youth and families in the Lena Park catchment area build healthy lives, healthy families, and a healthy community. Vision Lena Park’s vision for its community is one in which youth have supports to achieve academic success that enables them to complete college and/or a career oriented job; youth and families have access to activities and recreation that provide alternatives to violence and that build positive youth development assets; and families have access to community, private and government resources and services that they can use to strengthen their families.

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