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An Enduring Legacy

While many agencies serving children come and go, only a few reach the 100-year landmark.  We have made it this far  by successfully changing and innovating over time to meet new needs while at the same time staying close to our original mission and values.  This year is a great time to make an enduring gift to our mission. 

100th Anniversary Events

Join us for our Centennial Celebration Gala, reunion, golf tourament, and day of service.

Hospitality and Inclusion

The roots of the Italian Home are in the early 20th century when Boston’s Italian immigrant community resolved to care for children in the wake of the Spanish flu epidemic.  Today, we serve children of all nationalities and races, with the values of home and family. 

Centennial Moments: Compassion and Promise

A Parent’s Childhood Journey

By Griffin Thomas | January 16, 2019

For Janet D’Agostino Boivin and others like her, tools like Ancestry.com have made it easier to research a family’s genealogy – and come to a better understanding of a parent’s childhood journey that included a stay at the Italian Home. Janet’s mother Mary Ranieri (or Maria, as she is listed on the 1930 census that…

“Where Compassion Meets Promise” for 100 years

By Griffin Thomas | December 5, 2018

A catastrophic flu swept across the world in 1918, killing 675,000 in the US in a few weeks and 25 million worldwide. It struck young adults between ages 20-40 particularly harshly, orphaning thousands of children and spreading rapidly in immigrant communities like Boston’s North End, where hardworking people lived in extremely close quarters. Enter Fr.…

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