October 2019 @ MPDC
In case you missed it:
A special announcement from MPDC

ROXBURY, MA.  - On behalf of MPDC’s Executive Search Committee, we are happy to announce that after a lot of heartfelt and intentional deliberation, the MPDC Board of Directors arrived at a determination regarding MPDC's next Chief Executive Officer. After the interview process, one candidate emerged to the forefront based on skill, experience, knowledge, creativity, and grit.
As of November 4, 2019, Leslie Reid will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer at MPDC. Jeanne Pinado will transition into a Chief Advisor role until the end of 2019. We are looking forward to embarking on this journey with Leslie.
Leslie has over twenty years of affordable housing, commercial, and community development experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Currently, she serves as MPDC’s Vice President of Programs, overseeing youth development, health equity, public safety, arts and cultural, and community facilities programming. Leslie’s community development experience includes asset management, acquisition, planning, financial feasibility, financing, design and construction for residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties, most recently with Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation . In her role at the MA Department of Housing & Community Development , she assisted public housing authorities with mixed-finance, private affordable housing, and non-residential development.
Leslie currently serves on the boards of the  Children’s Investment Fund , the Boston Preservation Alliance , and the loan committees of the Life Initiative and the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation . She is a former board member of Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, HomeStart , and the Boston Employment Commission . She resides in Roslindale with her three children.
MPDC shared this announcement on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the annual Sparks for Arts Gala. 
A sparkling evening at MPDC's
annual Sparks for Arts Gala
Friday, November 1st, was a SPARK-tacular evening,  celebrating the announcement of MPDC's incoming CEO Leslie Reid  and  paying homage to Hibernian Hall’s stalwart support of arts & culture in Roxbury . Nearly 200 guests joined us for a beautiful event, which included Community Catalyst Awards honoring Ashleigh Gordon of Castle of Our Skins and Dr. Thea James & Dr. Megan Sandel of Boston Medical Center .

With five performances – Zili Misik , Ashley Rose , D. Ruff , Ashleigh Gordon, and the George Russell III Band –  a great time was had by all!  Many thanks to everyone who attended this festive night (old friends and new), our generous  sponsors, and to the fabulous bidders who raised their hands for MPDC's  Opportunity Bid  hosted by  Lisa Morishanti , MPDC's Board President, who began the night’s program with a lot of energy and fun as our "auctioneer."

Stay tuned to MPDC's website for more photos & videos of the evening!
MPDC welcomes 76 families to their new homes at Melnea Cass Apartments
On Saturday, October 26, MPDC celebrated the completion of the Melnea Cass Apartments , the first residential address on Melnea Cass Boulevard.
The building completes the last phase of Madison Park Village (MPV), a housing community that began five decades ago and has been renovated and preserved by MPDC since then. Today, MPV is a vibrant community that is affordable to families of all income levels. The Melnea Cass Apartments includes 76 mixed-income units . The ribbon-cutting celebration featured remarks from Jeanne Pinado, Mayor Marty Walsh , resident Stephanie Thomas , and other elected officials. Families were welcomed to their new homes with a celebration following the ribbon-cutting featuring food from Fresh Food Generation , Cool Cow Ice Cream , face painting, and activities. Check out these photos and this video of the event from BNN News !
Roxbury residents "speed-date" with At-Large candidates
MPDC's At-Large Candidate Speed-Dating Forum was held on October 22nd at The Dewitt Center. The event was well attended by members of the Roxbury community and over 80 MPDC residents. The forum was moderated by local activists from Boston, including Sheena Collier of the Collier Connection , Justin Kang of City Awake , Harry Smith of Harry Smith Consulting , and Kelly Ransom , MPDC's Communications & Marketing Manager. The forum featured incumbents Althea Garrison , Annissaa Essaibi-George , Michael Flaherty , and Michelle Wu as well as candidates Alejandra St. Guillen , David Halbert , Erin Murphy (represented by her sister), and Julia Mejia . The questions for the candidates were collected via the event’s registration page and from our MPDC residents through our civic engagement efforts. We want to also give thanks to our partners from MassVote for helping us make sure our event was a success! You can watch each round that was live-streamed on Facebook here , here , here , and here . The forum was followed by a fun Roxbury Community Mixer at Dudley Cafe where locals were able to mix, mingle, and discuss the upcoming Municipal Election on November 5th.
An outstanding October at
The Dewitt Center
Recently, Positively Impacting Teens & Parents (PI-TAP) launched at The Dewitt Center. PI-TAP provides job readiness skills for parents and their teenagers with the goal of completing a certification course for Salesforce Administrators & Consultants. Students enrolled in PI-TAP learn, Salesforce, TinkerCAD , Fusion 360 , Excel, and Microsoft Word. All students are assisted in obtaining internships and job placement at the end of the course. Parents receive a $500 stipend & students receive a $250 stipend upon completion.
Interested in joining Pi-Tap?
The Dewitt Center welcomed ten students from Boston University’s First Year Student Outreach Program . Program Coordinator, Arlene Baldwin, led the students on a tour of The Dewitt Center to provide the students with a better understanding of the history of Roxbury . Students viewed the art gallery, learned about The Dewitt Center programs and enjoyed lunch. The session ended with a Q & A about Roxbury, and information about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
The Dewitt Center opened its doors for the first time as a polling location! Over 130 voters cast their ballots at The Dewitt Center during the Preliminary Municipal Election. Mary Gaskin & MPDC resident, Pauline Sheridan were happy to welcome voters and encouraged them to return on November 5th for the Municipal Election. Pauline said, “ We need everybody’s vote, remember change starts with you. Get out and vote!

The Dewitt Center will be open on Tuesday, November 5th for the Municipal Election from 7 am to 8 pm. 
Empower Our Crown held a Stress Management Training apart of the City of Boston WEBOS Week . Psychologist Dr. Asha Ragin of Trinity Boston Connects & Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student Pilar Tucker, M.A, CEO of Empower Our Crown, led a group of women in clinical training that provides evidence-based practices on how to clinically identify their stressors, implement healthy coping mechanisms into their daily living and step into their power healthily. The workshop was catered to women who uphold entrepreneurship or leadership roles but struggle with maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
The Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council held a three-hour expungement clinic for cannabis-related crimes as part of National Expungement Week , a nationwide effort to bring awareness to expungement programs. The evening included a presentation on the Massachusetts expungement process, along with legal aid on-site to start the expungement process, voter registration, and civic rehabilitation resources. The event concluded with remarks from Boston City Councilor, Michelle Wu and State Representative Chynah Tyler.
The Dewitt Center held a First Aid, CPR, and AED training for Madison Park Development Corporation employees . All participants were trained in CPR indications, scene assessment, victim assessment, choking, and demonstration and practice of CPR on adults, kids, and infants. Participants also learned how to respond in case of emergencies such as choking, allergic reactions, stroke, and seizures. MPDC would like to thank Michelle Rubiera for teaching the course!
On October 20th, day two of the Boston Book Festival took place at The Dewitt Center. The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual free festival that promotes a culture of reading . The day was filled with workshops for all ages, live performances , a popup shop by Frugal Bookstore , and book signings . Dewitt Center member &  Boston Pulse Poetry student, Sumeya Aden, introduced keynote speaker, David Betts, author and poet followed by an interview and Q&A session led by journalist and Mass Poetry Board Chair, Nicco Mele. 
Stay connected by following The
Dewitt Center Facebook & Instagram pages!
Applications are now being accepted for 2451 Washington Street
MPDC is creating opportunities for homeownership near the heart of Dudley Square with our latest development at 2451 Washington Street. This project includes the construction of 16 mixed-income condominium units. These units will consist of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom condos.

2451 Washington Street addresses in the buffer  A complete list of addresses that fall within a ¼ of a mile range of the 2451 Washington Street project
To learn more contact  Dwayne Watts  / 617.849.6326.
A fantastic Fall for MPDC's Resource Development Department
The Friends of Hibernian Hall had a great opening night reception for 'Stick Fly' – Hibernian Hall’s final major play of the year. Good food and plenty of cheer abounded with a short program featuring a brief presentation by our honored guest, 'Stick Fly' playwright Lydia Diamond who also participated in a talkback following the performance.  Hibernian Hall hopes YOU will become a member of the Friends of Hibernian Hall and join an energized & active group of Hibernian Hall supporters and receive discounted tickets and special events like night’s opening receptions and house parties.

Interested in becoming a Friend of Hibernian Hall?
Contact Kay Mathew / 617.849.6335 for more information.
MPDC was honored to share space with fellow Massachusetts Department of Public Health Gun Violence Prevention Initiative partners during a series of October training and planning gatherings. We are grateful to the Commonwealth for this major investment in ensuring all young people have access to the training, mentoring, and suppor t needed to thrive and in fostering safer communities for all. Be sure to stay tuned to MPDC’s monthly newsletters for updates on this exciting project!
2101 Washington Street receives Preservation Achievement Award
MPDC is honored to have received a 2019 Preservation Achievement Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance in October. The award recognized the 2101 Washington Street building in Dudley Square for its transformation from Tropical Foods (El Platanero) to a beautiful mixed-use building with street-level retail and 30 residential units, most of which are dedicated affordable units.
MPDC celebrates ten OSHA-30 graduates
MPDC and Dellbrook/JKS hosted their first Community OSHA-30 class at The Dewitt Center in October.  Ten Greater Boston residents received training on reducing the risk of workplace hazards. Dave Arancio, Dellbrook/JKS’s Field Safety & Risk Manager, spent five days delivering comprehensive material to aspiring tradesmen & women. Four of the OSHA-30 graduates are alumni of MPDC’s OSHA-10 classes. Many thanks to our community partners at the Department of Correction , LH Daniels & Associates , Dellbrook/JKS, and the staff of The Dewitt Center for making this possible.

Congratulations to the graduates of MPDC's OSHA-30
October 2019 class!
 Mark “Malik” Seales
Rashaan Daniels
John Lopes
Nathaniel Toribio
Wayne Flemings
Helena “Ne Ne” Judge
Brady Drayton
Joseph Majors
Joi Taylor
Tayon Watson

"On behalf of the Department of Correction, thank you. On Friday, October 18, 2019, four participates from Boston Pre-Release graduated with OSHA 30! Because of MPDC, four individuals have a better chance of gaining employment."
- Daniel J. DiSangro
Summer highlights from MPDC's Community Garden Program
With the garden season coming to a close, we’d like to thank all of our community gardeners, Garden Leaders, volunteers, and funders!

Over 500 lbs of fresh vegetables and herbs were grown this year (a record!), a value of nearly $1,000 or around $100 in grocery savings per gardener throughout the season. We would also like to thank United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Technology Underwriting the Greater Good , which together helped recruit over 130 volunteers from companies that included Asics , Deloitte , Eli Lilly , Ernst & Young , Federal Reserve Bank of Boston , Lola.com , PlatformQ , Putnam Investments , Red Stone Equity , and Silicon Valley Bank .

We want give a special thanks to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which provided MPDC with invaluable funding, capacity-building opportunities, and technical assistance .

Some Summer Community Garden Program Highlights
o 3 Community Gardens featuring 100 plots
o 10 garden cleanups with 6 organizations
o Over 119 volunteers!
MPDC AYEP participants to host youth
MPDC is thrilled to once again partner with the City of Boston Department of Youth Engagement and Employment (DYEE), to provide young people with workforce development and leadership training during the school year. We are grateful for DYEE's long-time support and look forward to another year of meaningful youth employment through MPDC’s After School Youth Employment Program .

MPDC is also excited to host the first of a series of youth- planned and youth-led forums this November , focused on the impact of trauma and community solutions for addressing its root causes. A cohort of MPDC After School Youth Employment Youth Leaders will be leading this project, in partnership with youth from Teen Empowerment . MPDC would like to sincerely thank Boston Children’s Hospital for supporting this forum as part of its investment in Community Trauma Response work through the Collaboration for Community Health funding initiative.
'Stick Fly' at Hibernian Hall a hit!
Hibernian Hall was packed from October 17th to October 27th for performances of 'Stick Fly,' Lydia R. Diamond’s family drama set in the family's Martha’s Vineyard vacation home. The week-long run included a t alk-back with playwright Lydia Diamond on opening night, a pay-what-you-can community night , and a Friends of Hibernian Hall pre-show reception .
Stay connected by following Hibernian Hall!
MPDC Staff Spotlight:
5 Questions with Ben Baldwin
As a way for our community to learn more about our staff members, we have started the '5 Questions' series. These monthly interviews in our newsletters feature five random questions with an MPDC staff member.
This month we are chatting with Project Manager, Ben Baldwin .

 1. What does a Project Manager do at MPDC?
BB : Project managers work with architects, contractors, and other partners to oversee all elements and stages of new building projects, from planning and permitting process to construction to lease-up. Here at MPDC, that means building and maintaining affordable housing. I’m currently project managing the Haynes House renovation and the new homes at Melnea Cass Apartments .
2. What are some MPDC developments or projects you are excited about?

BB : Homeownership, especially small scale and low profile projects that can create small affordable pockets. These are hard to find and hard to execute, but I hope we can move forward with something soon.
3. Where is your favorite place to visit in Roxbury?
4. What do you like to do in your spare time?
BB : I like to travel and get into the mountains. When I’m at home, I usually spend my spare time playing music or organizing the Somerville Community Land Trust .
5. What do you hope for the future of Roxbury?
 BB : I hope Roxbury can continue to grow, but in a way that benefits existing residents. I would also like to see improved public transit in the area.
The Dewitt Center is a Polling Location!
Get out the vote at The Dewitt Center!

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 5
7:00 am - 8:00 p m

(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

The Dewitt Center is a polling place for the City of Boston Municipal Election.
MPDC's OSHA-10 Training for Women
Are you a woman looking to advance your career? Take MPDC's OSHA-10 training!

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 12 & Wednesday, November, 13
8:30 am - 3:30 p m

  WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)


In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, MPDC is hosting a two day OSHA-10 training for women.
What to Send Up When It Goes Down
Join the American Repertory Theater at Hibernian Hall!

WHEN:   November 13 - 16
7:30 pm

WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

TICKETS :   $15 - 25

What to Send Up When It Goes Down is a community ritual created in response to the deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence. As lines between characters and actors, observers, and observed blur, a dizzying series of vignettes build to a climactic moment where performance and reality collide. Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of Black people throughout history, this theatrical work uses parody, song, movement, and audience participation to create a space for catharsis, reflection, cleansing, and healing.
CPLAN School Fair: Know As You Go
Join CPLAN for a resource fair for families navigating the Individualized Education Program in Boston

WHEN: November 16
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

Know As You Go is a resource fair with workshops for families to learn how to navigate the IEP process, ELL placement and processes. This event will bring together educators, parents, and community partners to a space of learning and collaboration to support our most vulnerable learners.
The Dewitt Center Member Holiday Dinner
Members of The Dewitt Center are invited to join us for a fun evening of celebrating!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

Enjoy a free community dinner as we say 'Thank You!' to our community members and program partners. The evening will include live performances, special acknowledgments, along with fun activities and of course, food! We invite you to share a meal, laughter, and a chance to make new friends! All are welcome to attend.
Madison Park Village Thanksgiving Celebration
Annual MPV Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration for all residents of Madison Park Village

WHEN: Thursday, November 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

Residents of all ages gather for a night of feasting, raffles, dancing, and Thanksgiving with their family and neighbors. Space is limited, please visit the management office to register.
MPDC's Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway
MPDC's annual Thanksgiving giveaway event for residents!

WHEN:  Saturday, November 23
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

MPDC will distribute over 200 Thanksgiving meals this year! Please, contact Leslie Stafford / 617.849.6231 to sign up or for more information.
MPDC Holiday Hours
Madison Park Development Corporation offices, The Dewitt Center & Hibernian Hall will be 
Closed: Monday, November 11
Closing at 2 pm: Wednesday, November 27
Closed: Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29
We apologize for any inconvenience.