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Celebrating 50 Years of Education, Advocacy, and Opportunity!

2019 Annual Appeal

As the new Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Family Services Center, I am thrilled to share with you updates on the great work happening at the Center.  Thanks to such strong support from neighbors like you, the Kennedy Center is thriving as we plan for another 50 years!

At the Kennedy Center, we recognize that anyone, from any walk of life, could suddenly find themselves struggling and scared about how they are going to manage. At one moment a family may be celebrating a new baby and at another moment an illness or loss of a loved one may create unexpected hardship. This is why community and acceptance are so important to our mission at the Kennedy Center.  We serve our neighbors of all backgrounds and all stages of life.

“I don’t know what I would have done without the Kennedy Center.” I hear this all the time from adults I meet at community events.  Over the last 50 years, our staff have been the friends that walked alongside neighbors in need, taking care of basic needs such as childcare, healthy food, clothing and shelter.

The Kennedy Center has responded to the needs of children, families and seniors in the past year and our priorities for 2020.

      • We launched 2 Universal Pre-K (UPK) classrooms in partnership with the Boston Public School System. The result is free, high quality pre-K for more families!
      • Our school nurtured over 100 children and their families through a range of Head Start wrap-around services, including home visits & parenting support, developmental screenings, play therapy, and referrals for specialized wellness services.
      • When the Federal Government shut down right before school vacation week, we stepped in to feed hungry kids with lunches and provided 151 meal packs to bring home. We stepped up again during April vacation week, and provided an additional 200 meal packs to children throughout Charlestown.
      • We provided home care services to over 100 seniors and disabled adults and served over 200 seniors through our health and exercise, wellness, and recreation programs at our Community Resource Center.


Vision 2020+

With your help, we will not only continue the successful programs from 2019, but also expand and deepen our work in 2020 and beyond.

We will focus especially on food security in Charlestown.  Too many are hungry in our community.  The latest report from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), estimates that 58% of the children in Charlestown are living in poverty. The Kennedy Center is creating a designated fund for building a coordinated network of food programs across the neighborhood, each of us doing our part to break the cycle of hunger.

We will preserve and expand our facilities in order to open up our services to even more of our neighbors. Our hundred year old school building needs a new roof and other repairs.  We will care for this historic building and explore new spaces for enhanced community programs, such as multi-generational community meals and workshops tailored to different ages and stages: everything from Tai Chi to job skills to fall prevention.

Ways you can be a part of Vision 2020+

      • Become a sustaining member of the Kennedy Center with a monthly contribution
      • Donate to our Annual Fund
      • Ask your employer to match your gift
      • Talk to us about creating a legacy fund
      • Volunteer and/or donate supplies
      • Spread the word about our work to friends, colleagues and family

Donations are 100% tax deductible and easy to do online or by check.

We truly appreciate your generosity and we will put your gift to work meeting the very real needs of our children, seniors and neighbors throughout the community. If I can provide any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at 617-241-8866 ext. 1312 or email tfuller@kennedycenter.org

On behalf of everyone we serve in the community, the Board, Staff, and Volunteers, I wish for you and your loved ones a season of light and hope.


Thara Fuller

Executive Director


John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc.