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Our Community Connections


Frugal BookstoreCheck out the Frugal Bookstore
             57 Warren Street
                 Roxbury, MA 02121
This community bookstore promotes literacy with children, teens and adults


Our History

Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) was founded in the midst of crisis in the 1960s. 

The survival of the Lower Roxbury community was at risk. Bulldozers were demolishing hundreds of homes, churches, and businesses through the City of Boston’s urban renewal program. A small, but determined, group of activists fought back. Led by community members including Ralph Smith and C. Vincent Haynes, the group mobilized residents against the further destruction of their neighborhood. They created their own vision for the area and procured the resources they needed to rebuild their once-thriving community. This effort resulted in the creation of the Lower Roxbury Community Corporation in 1966 – with Ralph Smith as its founder and first Executive Director. The organization was a community-based, non-profit that independently developed affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents – making it one of the country’s first Community Development Corporations.


Elders Living at Home Program Partnership 


Boston Medical Center's Elders Living at Home Program (ELAP) is partnering with Madison Park Development Corp. and Winn Management to pilot a community based Complex Care Management project at Madison Park Village, based at Smith House. This pilot embeds a Community Health Advocate and a Community Wellness Nurse to provide services that will improve health outcomes and housing stability and maximize independence for residents. The two year pilot seeks to demonstrate that by providing these targeted services in the community, that health care utilization and overall health care costs will decrease, and housing stability will increase.

BMC’s Elders Living at Home Program has been providing intensive case management services to homeless and at-risk older adults since 1986. ELAHP’s goal is to end or prevent homelessness for elders served by helping them to access and maintain safe, affordable permanent housing so that they can live healthier, more meaningful lives. The program has served more than 4,000 individuals over the past 30+ years


Greater Boston Interfaith Organization works to coalesce, train, and organize the communities of Greater Boston across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines for the public good.

About Us


The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is a broad-based, non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial power organization rooted in Greater Boston’s neighborhoods and congregations. Made up of 41 dues-paying member institutions representing more than 50,000 people, GBIO is dedicated to making our city a better place for all of us to live and thrive. For more than 20 years, GBIO has worked to improve housing and healthcare, reform our criminal justice system, address racial disparities in our city, and rebuild schools and neighborhoods, among other issues.


The Dewitt Community Center
122 Dewitt Dr, Roxbury, MA 02120
Phone: (617) 275-7080



Dewitt Center Programs

Teach 1 Basketball

       Supreme Seams


The Dewitt Center opened on July 9, 2018 and is home to several thriving programs including: Teach 1 Basketball, Timothy Smith Network, Ellis Memorial School Age Program, PFit, Urbanity Dance, Supreme Seams and MetaMovements. Through these programs, members are able to learn new skills, socialize with one another and foster a sense of community.

In addition to programs, the Dewitt Center is home to "The Zone", a center where teens participate in movie nights, enjoy the latest game consoles and play ping pong, pool and foosball and have access to educational and mentoring opportunities.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to give us a call.

Phone: 617.541.3900
Fax: 617.541.4900

Our Address
122 Dewitt Drive
Roxbury, MA 02119

Hope Community Garden

MPDC’s Health & Wellness Team held its 3rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Hope Community Garden. This event, along with the Annual Garden Tea Party, is one of kicked-off MPDC’s garden season and summer healthy food access programming.

  More than 75 Roxbury and MPDC residents gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July with live music, food and games. Residents viewed fireworks from the garden and listened to the Boston Pops.

Home POAH is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, create and sustain affordable, healthy homes that support economic security and access to opportunity for all.


Ensuring all residents have opportunity to realize their goals by removing barriers to staying in their home and growing within the community

Community Engagement

Integrating our goals with those of the community to encourage resident leadership in support of a better quality of life






The Whittier Choice Neighborhoods initiative (CNI) is a collaboration between POAH, Madison Park Development Corporation and the Boston Housing Authority to redevelop the Whittier Street Apartments site in Roxbury.  Originally built in the early 1950s, Whittier was home to 200 public housing families.  Whittier CNI will fully redevelop the site and rebuild over 350 units of mixed-income housing, and commercial space. 

The Whittier neighborhood is rich in amenities and is home to some of Boston’s anchor educational, civic and cultural institutions. Yet the underlying story of the Whittier neighborhood is the chronic struggle of the majority of its residents, who are among the poorest in Boston.

Whittier CNI will create a healthier environment and reconnect a vibrant mixed-income/mixed-use development to the neighborhood, while drawing on the community’s strengths to preserve its character and capitalize investment.  The plan includes creating safe streets, better access to quality educational and job opportunities that promote family self-sufficiency.

In December, 2016 HUD awarded a $30 million Choice grant to support the revitalization of Roxbury's Whittier Street housing development and the surrounding neighborhood.

Phase one of the redevelopment was completed in January 2020, with 70 units.  This building has 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, along with amenities such as a community lounge and a playground.





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Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center

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