August 2018 News @ MPDC
MPDC Residents Buy Their First Homes
Caroline Sande (pictured to the left) and Njideka Agba, former Haynes House residents became first-time homeowners in Hyde Park in May 2018 and West Roxbury in September 2018, respectively.

Both residents took advantage of MPDC’s new initiative that provided a $50,000 down payment grant. Homeownership and financial literacy classes encouraged two other residents from Orchard Gardens and Haynes House to purchase homes outside the City of Boston. “I’m grateful for all the support that I was given from MPDC staff along the way, we’re happy to have a new home for our family. This opportunity has truly been a blessing” says Caroline Sande. At the same time, we’re creating first-time homeowners, we’re also providing opportunities to the over 800 individuals on our rental housing waiting lists,” said Ivelise Rivera, MPDC Board President.
Redesign of Ruggles Street Corridor
and the Dewitt Park

Residents residing along Ruggles Street gathered in July on the third Monday of the month to discuss ideas and desires specific to the City of Boston’s Ruggles Street redesign and the basketball section of the Dewitt Park. During the follow-up information sharing session in August, residents expressed their excitement to join forces and identify the group as the “Madison-Whittier Coalition!”

Subsequently, the Madison-Whittier Coalition delivered a letter to the City of Boston’s Public Works Dept., Parks & Recreation Dept. and various City and State Officials with comments on the proposed redesign of Ruggles Street Corridor and the Dewitt Park. Residents worked together and gathered 83-signatures endorsing the letter sent to the City of Boston. Four of the five park-specific request were incorporated into the current park design. The Parks & Recreation Department agreed to keep the Madison-Whittier Coalition updated on any major change to the current park redesign. 
Please join your neighbors at the next Ruggles Info Sharing Session on October 15th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Haynes House Community Room .
Hibernian Hall Receives Grant
Hibernian Hall received a $20,000 grant from the Debra Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund to support of its upcoming production, “With Glittering Eyes” written by playwright Tricia Elam Walker and directed by Dawn Simmons. We are grateful to the Fund for its generous gift, which is a tremendous help and a great message of confidence in our work.
Patricia Elam-Walker has been in residence with Hibernian Hall for the past year and a half. In that short time we have supported her growth as a playwright by providing a nurturing theatrical environment. She had the opportunity to work with a professional dramaturge, host actor/writer workshops and work with accomplished regional directors. 
In our 2017-18 Season we produced her, "One Act Play Series", "Bold Moves" to several sold out houses. This season, her new play, "With Glittering Eyes" opens October 18th. We are thrilled at all we’ve accomplished together and look forward to seeing you at the show!
MPDC's Community Action Department Participates in Peer Exchange Visits Program
Earlier this month, as part of the Neighbor Works Peer Exchange Visits Program, MPDC's Community Action (CA) Team visited Community Partners in Riviera Beach, Florida. Community Partners is a nonprofit organizations that focuses on offering a comprehensive array of housing, community, and child and family mental health services to South Florida's most vulnerable neighborhoods.

During their trip, the CA team visited four community centers and two schools serviced by Community Partners and participated in open dialogue and exchanged ideas, knowledge and sound practices of how both organizations can benefit from peer to peer visits. The CA team said it was a worthwhile and informative journey.
Pictured here is our Community Action team with the staff of a Community Partners site, Belle Glade Bridges Community Center in Belle Glade, Florida.
Belle Glade has a population of 17,000.
Community Partners serves 39 cities in Palm Beach County, Florida and provides service for up to 1.8 million people.  
2018 -2019 School Year Employment Program
Now Accepting Applications
Looking for a job opportunity during the school year?
Are you interested in getting involved in your community?

Jobs are available for high-school students ages 14-19 for our
After-School Youth Employment Program (AYEP) and
Out of School Youth ages 16-24 for our Out of School Youth Employment Program (OYEP)
About AYEP: Our after school youth employment program trains youth in work readiness, life skills, personal development, finance and more to set youth on a successful journey to viable employment opportunities. 
About OYEP: This program serves disengaged young people, ages of 16-24 who are out school, in transitional/alternative schools or unemployed. Along with work readiness training, we offer participants a paid stipend for Hi-SET training and a paid internship with one of our 30+ employer partners.
Apply online at
 or for more information, contact Youth Workforce Manager,
Yhinny Matos at or 617-849-6236

Dewitt Center and Smith House Ribbon Cutting
Please Join Us!

Madison Park Development Corporation is celebrating
the completion of the Smith House Renovations and Dewitt Center construction on

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM.
122 Dewitt Drive
Roxbury, MA 02119

After the ceremony, we invite you to stay for refreshments and guided tours of the buildings.

There will be remarks from local business leaders, local elected officials and MPDC and Smith House residents.

We hope you will join us.

To R.S.V.P. call Breyana Ellis at 617-849-6328 or click the button below.
Indigenous Day 2018

Join us for Indigenous Day 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018
(Rain or Shine)
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Parking Lot behind Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St.
Roxbury, MA 02119

2018 Boston Book Festival: Roxbury Edition
Sunday, October 13, 2018
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington St.

The 2018 Boston Book Festival: Roxbury Edition will include many of Roxbury’s leading cultural and educational institutions—including the Boston Public Library, the Roxbury Cultural District, and Frugal Bookstore—to bring the first-ever edition of the Boston Book Festival to the neighborhood.

All events are completely free
You're Invited!
House Party for Hibernian Hall
This year our friends on Mission Hill are opening their home to Friends and future Friends of Hibernian Hall. You are invited!
Join us Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 4 to 6 for tapas, wine and a wonderful reception with music, dance and spoken word and a chance to meet Tricia Elam Walker, our playwright in
Residence and author of “With Glittering Eyes”. 

Contact or to RSVP and for location information.
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

Don't forget to join us at:
Sparks for Arts
November 8, 2018
Mark your calendar for SPARKS FOR ARTS 
November 8, 2018
6-10 PM
Celebrating Jeanne Pinado’s 20 years as CEO. Enjoy tapas, wine, and music as we recognize Jeanne’s many accomplishments as the leader responsible for MPDC’s amazing growth.

$50 for groups of five or more
$25 Students and Seniors
Complimentary tickets for residents of MPDC housing

Join Us!

For more information contact Kay Matthews at or 617.849.6335