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.
Many of the East Boston Social Centers staff have been there for years, including child care worker Wilson Colon.
“It’s a wonderful program. I actually came here myself when I was a child. It was a big part of my life and I felt the need to be a part of something that was important to me,” Colon stated.
School Time Program coordinator Christopher Marroquin says kids who came to the center are now staffers.
“This organization has definitely molded a lot of people into the people that they are today. I have two staff that I used to take care of that are with me now. It just goes to show that people want to come back and they enjoy the experiences that they have here and want to pass that on to the next generation,” Marroquin said.
Executive Director Justin Pasquariello says happiness for local residents is their primary goal.
“To demonstrate that we can significantly increase joy and wellbeing and make East Boston the most joyful place in the world. And increasing joy and wellbeing is associated with improved health, with better life expectancy, increased civic engagement, increased lifetime earnings. What can we do here to infuse that focus on increased joy and wellbeing into existing programs and make East Boston a center as the most joyful place in the world,” Pasquariello outlined.
Board member Tom Tassinari says the East Boston Social Centers has deep roots in the community.
“This is what the Social Center does. And it never goes away. The people who do the most work in this community, at this point in time, still, have some ties to the Social Centers. Fathers are coaching softball, baseball, pop warner football, they’re all social center people. Social Center romances; I met my wife when I was working at the Jefferies Point Social Center,” Tassinari concluded.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports