August 2018 News @ MPDC
2018 National Night Out
On August 9 th , Orchards Gardens in collaboration with MPDC hosted a National Night Out event. Volunteers, community members, law enforcement, partner organizations and local vendors came together for an evening of fun, food and entertainment. Police Commissioner William Gross, Boston’s top cop, joined the festivities after being sworn in three days earlier.
National Night, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, marked its 35th Anniversary this year.
NAI Hunneman Launches Hunneman Cares

NAI Hunneman launched its new community initiative program Hunneman Cares on August 8th with a day of service to beautify a park adjacent to the Dewitt Center in partnership with Madison Park Development Corporation.
The Dewitt Center, provides education and life skills training for residents in Roxbury. Forty Hunneman employees, led by Chief Executive Officer Stephen M. Prozinski, spent the day planting flowers, weeding and performing other landscape work and also repainting park benches.
For Hunneman, the decision to give back while paying it forward was a simple one. “Roxbury is a place that we’ve been doing a lot of business and we wanted to do something impactful to give back to this community,” said Prozinski. “We manage buildings in Roxbury for the City of Boston, Madison Park Development Corporation and the Jubilee Church as well as doing leasing in the area and our team members were excited to help us grow these partnerships within the community and give back to Roxbury.”
Community Investment Tax Credit Program (CITC)
Tax savings for our donors!  

MPDC is proud to be part of the Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credit program (CITC) which provides the benefit of a 50% state tax rebate for donations to MPDC of $1000 or more. The purpose of CITC is to encourage increased support for community development corporations like MPDC. Your CITC gift in 2018 will strengthen programs in MPDC’s Community Action Department and, our arts and culture department, Hibernian Hall. A CITC donor can be an individual, a nonprofit organization or a corporation. 
Contact us for more information about CITC at or go online today to make your donation at

Each contribution to MPDC makes a difference in the lives of the people who live and work in Roxbury.  
Summer Jobs Closeout Ceremony
The Summer Youth Employment Program (S.Y.E.P) hosted their closeout event on Friday, August 17 with an exciting bonanza displaying all the highlights and accomplishments of the summer. The event culminated what the youth learned over 6 weeks, which included mock trials, dance performances, healthy food demos and spoken word techniques. Additionally, the restaurant and hospitality group greeted and served the patrons as they enjoyed the festivities.

MPDC’s Youth Workforce Team, also known as “W.A.Y”, capped off the summer youth employment season with over 70 youth employed in 35 employment sites. Youth were placed in meaningful summer jobs in government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations. During their six weeks of employment, between July and August, Boston youth ages 14 – 19 attended professional and personal development trainings twice a week at the Dewitt Center . During the duration of the program the W.A.Y team witnessed the shy express themselves loud and strong, the voiceless speak with unimaginable conviction and the left footers master complex dances. It was truly an summer to remember!

In the coming weeks, the Youth Workforce Team will be preparing for the next round of programming during the school year, the After-school Employment (AYEP) and Out of School Employment (OYEP) Programs. For more information contact Youth Workforce Manager, Yhinny Matos at
Soleil Restaurant
Daily Table
Dewitt Center
Dewitt Center Soft Opening
The Dewitt Center’s community soft opening on July 25, 2018 attracted over 500 people from the community, including at least 200 MPDC residents. Attendees toured the new center, signed up for programs, watched a live performance by Area 51 Majorettes and enjoyed refreshments. Over 20 vendors showcased their workshops and offerings ranging from dance classes to basketball workshops.
Sparks for Arts
Save the Date: November 8, 2018
Mark your calendar for SPARKS FOR ARTS 
November 8, 2018
6-10 PM
Enjoy small plates, wine, music and performance by Roxbury a rtists. Help us say congratulations and thank you to Jeanne, MPDC’s visionary leader.  
To become a Sparks sponsor, go to: and click donate now .
For more information contact Kay Matthews at or 617.849.6335
Dewitt Center and Smith House Ribbon Cutting
Save the Date: October 3, 2018
Soleful Bliss: The Year to Mange Up!
Arts & Music and Technology Series
Soleful Bliss Art & Music and Tech (SBAMT) Series is an multifaceted platform that aims to connect and socially gather people from all walks of life to celebrate the dynamics of social justice within the realms of art, music and technology in a global perspective. These series have been ongoing for seven years; generating synergies and creating awareness to support local independent artists as a resource by providing open opportunities within the arts sector in Greater Boston. This year they're honoring the late American singer, songwriter, pianist, music legend, composer, arranger, and activist in the civil rights movement, Nina Simone.

Please purchase online tickets to support the community arts in the City of Boston.
With Glittering Eyes
Two Weekends Run at Hibernian Hall
From all appearances they are a solid family: devoted wife and mother, respected husband and father, adorable daughter, precocious son. But a devastating secret threatens to shatter their fragile bond. With Glittering Eyes is the tense and powerful story of an untold truth and its consequence for generations. Written by Tricia Elam Walker and directed by Dawn M. Simmons.

Show Dates

Thursdays: 10/18 & 10/25 at 7:30 PM
Fridays: 10/19 & 10/25 at 8:00 PM
Saturdays: 10/20 & 10/27 at 8:00 PM
Sundays: 10/21 & 10/28 at 3:00 PM


General Admission: $30
Students/Seniors: $15