Lena Park is a youth and family focused, multi-service, non-profit agency located on the Dorchester/Mattapan line in Boston, founded in 1968 by community residents concerned with affordable housing and youth development.
In 1970, under the direction of a talented community leader, Patrick F. Jones, Jr., Lena Park expanded into a multi-service community center, formally incorporating as the Lena Park Community Development Corporation (LPCDC) in 1973. In recognition of the value and importance of this new agency, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies transferred ownership of the YMHA Hecht House, where the Community Center currently is located, to Lena Park.
Over the decades, LPCDC has impacted thousands of children, youth, and families as a key service provider of quality affordable housing and effective human services. We currently oversee six housing developments surrounding the Community Center including Brown Kaplan, Granite Lena Park, LBB, and Olmstead Green I, II, and III. These developments combined consist of 500 units of housing for 1,300 residents.
In the past five years, LPCDC has gone through some positive changes. Most recently in 2010 LPCDC temporarily suspended their social services and underwent a comprehensive community assessment and planning process. This assessment was completed in 2013 and guided the organization in its reopening of the Community Center on April 30, 2015. Also during that time LPCDC sold a portion of its building to the Edward Brooke Charter School and used those monies to complete a $1.4Mil capital campaign to renovate our Community Center. A new Board of Directors was formed and new staff have been hired to carry out a revitalized mission for the 21st century: to provide integrated programs, services and access to resources that will help youth and families in the Lena Park catchment area build healthy lives, healthy families, and a healthy community. Below is a photo of families at a community event in our new community room.
In 2017, our priorities include launching our Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory), engaging the community in a public art project, support for our Robotics class, and other STEAM related programming, and youth employment.
To visit our Community Center or to speak with staff please call James Fountain at 617-533-8133 or email@example.com
We are located at:
150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester, MA 02124.
LENA PARK C.A.R.E.S. FUND FOR FAMILIES