WBZ Cares: Family Engagement Is Their Focus

East Boston Social Centers (Photo Credit: East Boston Social Centers/Facebook)

East Boston Social Centers (Photo Credit: East Boston Social Centers/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling East Boston Social Centers, a multi-service agency serving East Boston and other communities.

Engagement Director Gloria Devine says East Boston Social Centers contacts families directly in the neighborhood.

“We do family engagement now, that’s our main focus, which is reaching out to families in the neighborhood not necessarily associated with the social centers or any of the other agencies. We target families who are not connected, so, you know, a mother who is home with their child,” Devine outlined.

Lisa Melara conducts “Welcome Baby” visits with new moms.

“It’s a nice time for the mom to just find time to talk if she has any concerns about the new baby. So we really want to reach those moms who might be isolated, or who’s suffering from postpartum, and try to hook them up with the resources. Just having a new born is very overwhelming too,” Melara commented.

She gives the moms a special “Baby Bag”.

“Diapers, books, a parenting book in there, a bib, socks, blankets. The most important thing from the baby bag is the resource folder that we give to families,” Melara said.

Devine says the need for these “Welcome Baby” visits is growing.

“I mean there’s almost a thousand births in East Boston every year. So ultimately the goal is to reach every single one of them and provide a visit to them,” Devine stated.

And Melara talks about the people in the community they serve.

“I like to say that East Boston is very unique in our makeup and our community involvement. It’s very close knit. You know a majority of us, we all know our State Representative, our City Counselor, our Senator,” Melara concluded.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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