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Centennial Moments

Change + Tradition: From the War on Poverty to Today

The 1960s and 1970s brought about enormous changes to Italian Home for Children.  The federal government’s “war on poverty” greatly increased funding for human services programs at a federal, state, and local level.  Italian Home responded to that sea change then and continues to respond to changing needs today. Change – combined with our longstanding…

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Jane Zopatti-Lewis: A Profile in Compassion and Promise

When the Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center at the Italian Home reopens for the new school year on September 4, Jane Zopatti-Lewis will be there as she has been for the past 29 years — but two days later will be Jane’s last day at Italian Home. Alan Jacobson, CEO of Italian Home, will be…

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The Sights and Sounds of Summer at the Italian Home

For Denise LaScaleia, the sights, smells, and sounds of the Italian Home in the summertime have changed very little since her days as a young girl following her dad around with a little hammer in her hand. “It has the same smells, the same noises,” she says.  “I can still hear the excitement in kids…

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Now he knows what family is

The call about five-year-old Ethan* came five years ago from the Department of Child and Family Services in South Carolina to a home in Boston, MA.  We have removed Ethan from his home, the voice on the other end of the line said. And his four foster care placements thus far have all failed. We…

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Italian Home gave her life!

Italian Home gave her a bed and pajamas, taught her to swim, bike — and live a normal life Diana Dorci never had a bed of her own, pajamas, or knew what Christmas and Easter were until she was 7 years old and her mother dropped her and three of her brothers off at Italian…

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One Hundred Years of Gatherings!

An evening of bridge and whist at the Sheraton Boston.  A “Night of Stars” featuring 25 luminaries of the screen, stage and radio. A concert with famed crooner Perry Como. Reunions for past residents, staff members, friends and volunteers. Like Italian Home itself, the organization’s public events to bolster fundraising and visibility over the past…

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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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“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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