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At Italian Home, Generations Give Back

Working on behalf of Italian Home for Children has been a true family affair for many Boston-area families. Take James and Robert Tambone. For the past 18 months, James has been one of the members of Italian Home’s Young Leaders Board. “We are a growing group of people in our 20s and 30s looking to…

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From ‘Ward of the State’ to Mayor and State Representative

State Representative Paul Donato stands in his office at the Massachusetts State House and motions toward the framed drawing of the Italian Home nestled onto one of the room’s bookshelves.  “Second window on the right on the second floor,” he says, moving closer and touching the image of the Home’s main building. “That’s where I…

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A Parent’s Childhood Journey

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…

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No child should be invisible

Last December, a group of wonderful volunteers spent the entire day adorning the dorms with holiday decorations.  They did a great job by carefully personalizing the décor with each child’s first name. When the children came home from school, they were amazed by the transformation in their living space. One young girl’s face lit up with…

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“Where Compassion Meets Promise” for 100 years

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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Zdeno Chara visits Italian Home!

On Wednesday November 28,  Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins, visited Italian Home for Children to kick off the holiday season of giving. He was accompanied by Blades, the Bruins mascot. “Zee” gifted all of the children in Italian Home’s programs with a new pair of New Balance sneakers and a Boston Bruins Winter…

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2018 Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting was held on October 18, 2018 on our Jamaica Plain Campus. Over 60 people filled our gymnasium to catch up with each other and the happenings going on with our programs. The meeting was led by Dan Brennan, IHC’s board chair. We recognized Deion, a 2018 graduate of the Pallotta School. He…

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Summer at Italian Home ends with SunSplash!

On Thursday, August 23, we hosted our annual SunSplash festivities on the Jamaica Plain campus. Children from our residential programs in JP and East Freetown, our Summer School students, participants in our Summer Camp, clients served through our community based programs, and their families all came together for a great day.  This year we hosted…

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Job Fair: On the Spot Interviews at Italian Home!

On the Spot Interviews: August 15, 2018 We invite you to stop by with your resume and speak with our recruiter, interview, check out our campus, and learn about our supportive and dedicated team that provides the highest quality of therapeutic care to youth and their families. We will be interviewing for the following positions:…

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Christmas in July, Thanks to Bain & Co.!

For as long as anyone can remember, every Christmas at the Italian Home hundreds of friends have opened their hearts and generously donated gifts for the children in our care. Unfortunately, with so many kids to care for and new ones arriving nearly every day, by June this year our toy closet was starting to…

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