50 CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES UNITE TO SERVE HOMELESS FAMILIESMay 23, 20176th Annual AGC MA Service Day to Benefit
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
Boston, Mass.— On Friday, May 19th for the third year in a row, more than 100 volunteers and 50 companies representing the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC of MA) return to St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children to repair and enhance the Dorchester campus.
The day-long project, which kicks off at 7 a.m., brings more than $250,000 of pro bono capital improvements to the aging facility, located at the former St. Margaret’s Hospital. St. Mary’s Center has been a beneficiary of the service day in 2015 and 2016, which has transformed the campus via $750,000 in professional expertise, materials and equipment, enabling more resources to be directed to the agency’s eight programs. Seven programs are located in Uphams Corner the main site of the service project and Crossroads Family Center in East Boston will also benefit from the project. More than 600 women and children receive shelter, education, and employment training at St. Mary’s Center each year.
“The AGC’s multi-year commitment to St. Mary’s Center has significantly improved the sustainability and growth of the agency, allowing us to provide more housing for homeless families, mentor and educate more women and girls, and offer occupational therapy to children as they heal and recover from trauma and abuse,” said St. Mary’s Center President and CEO, Deirdre Houtmeyers. The AGC’s renovations to our campus have made an instant impact on the delivery of our programs and services that will last for years to come.”
In 2016, to recognize the extraordinary dedication of the AGC MA and their service to the community, St. Mary’s Center honored the organization at its annual Diamonds of Dorchester event bringing together the lead volunteers and companies to receive the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence. The award is named for the founder of St. Mary’s Center, and fittingly a philanthropist with expertise in building management.
Current projects include overall flooring, heating/cooling repairs, painting, plumbing, window replacement in order to maintain a dignified and safe place for families who live, learn, and work at St. Mary’s Center. There also will be a second renovation to GRLZradio, the teen mentoring program, due to growing community demand for the academic and youth development program that is also a 24/7/365 web-based radio station.
Fifty organizations and 100 volunteers will take part in the day of service. Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Commissioner of Inspectional Services Department William Christopher, Jr. and City Councilor Frank Baker will be in attendance.
Companies Taking Leadership Roles:
AGC MA, Bond, Central Ceilings, Inc., Columbia, Commodore Builders, Elaine Construction, Gilbane Building Co., Sea-Dar Construction, Skanska, Suffolk, and Turner Construction.
Complete List of Participating Companies:
St. Mary's Center for Women and Children
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers eight innovative, family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by improving their emotional well-being, educational opportunities, and economic independence.
Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, St. Mary's Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and the search for affordable permanent housing.
AGC or Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts
AGC or Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts is a professional construction association representing firms that provide building construction services for commercial and institutional clients in the Commonwealth. Begun in 1935, the association offers valuable management education, safety training, and advocacy for its members and the industry at large. The AGC of Massachusetts is a chapter of the national association, Associated General Contractors of America, which began in 1935 at the behest of President Wilson. The goal was to assist the government in planning for the advancement of the nation, an objective that AGC has been fulfilling since that time. Locally, the chapter works closely with all facets of the industry to advocate for fair business practices for all participants.
Contact:Joe Kelly, Director of Member Serviceskelly@agcmass.org, 7817868913
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