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People of JPNDC: Edin

en español abajo Being the first: Edin's journey to homeownership The thrill of holding that first set of keys: first-time homebuyers know there's nothing like it. And when that first-time buyer is actually the first in their US family to make the breakthrough from renting to owning, the whole community should celebrate. That’s because [...]

By |2023-12-13T15:48:30-05:00December 7th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Edin

People of JPNDC: Abdelgadir Ibrahim

The Arabic meaning of his business name - beauty and health - says a lot about Abdelgadir Ibrahim. en español abajo From childhood, Abdelgadir Ibrahim embraced the responsibility of creating financial security for his extended family. Brought up by his father after his mom’s death, he started a grocery store at the age of 22. [...]

By |2023-12-07T14:01:53-05:00February 3rd, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Abdelgadir Ibrahim

People of JPNDC: Jade Wilkins

en español abajo. When Jade Wilkins moved to Boston nine years ago, she looked around and recognized a gap she could fill by creating an inclusive, community-centered holistic wellness small business. She had over a decade specializing in both business and fitness, having worked as wellness director at a Connecticut YMCA and also run [...]

By |2022-12-06T14:30:53-05:00November 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Jade Wilkins

People of JPNDC: Willie Mitchell

En español abajo. 'Like a lion protecting its cub from the alligators,' Willie Mitchell turns his passion to protecting the younger generation of Jackson Square Much to his surprise, Willie Mitchell is spending his retirement years only two blocks from where he lived as a teen in the Bromley-Heath public housing development. “Retired” isn’t [...]

By |2022-07-19T10:17:06-04:00July 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Willie Mitchell

People of JPNDC: De Jesús Family

After two decades of renting in Boston, Yoelis and Abner dreamed of owning their own home. Most of all, they dreamed of finding that home in a safe, welcoming neighborhood where their growing family could plant roots. Four years ago, frustrated and discouraged by their lack of options in one of the country’s most [...]

By |2022-03-08T09:09:47-05:00March 8th, 2022|Housing, People of JPNDC|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: De Jesús Family

People of JPNDC: Los Magicos & LV Home Improvement

Magic seems to follow Harlen wherever he goes. He earned his nickname, “La Magia” (The Magic), because of his skills as a barber, but the enchantment hasn’t stopped there. Today Harlen and his wife, Argentina, own two businesses that have thrived and grown during the pandemic. Before they emigrated from the Dominican Republic in [...]

By |2022-02-23T09:49:49-05:00February 22nd, 2022|People of JPNDC, Small Business Services|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Los Magicos & LV Home Improvement

People of JPNDC: Fabio

By the age of 73, everyone’s life has taken a few twists and turns. But COVID-19 has been a twist that too many people are struggling to navigate. For Fabio, it felt like the life in Boston that he had spent decades building was falling apart. After moving from his home country of Costa [...]

By |2022-02-23T10:23:07-05:00September 13th, 2021|Family Prosperity, People of JPNDC|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Fabio

People of JPNDC: Yvette

Five years ago, Yvette was discouraged. She had a job in Boston, but was commuting from Rhode Island because it was impossible to find an apartment she could afford. Then, amazingly, Yvette and her daughter were selected in a lottery to live at JPNDC’s 75 Amory Avenue Apartments--out of more than 3,000 households who [...]

By |2021-12-15T16:35:58-05:00August 3rd, 2021|Family Prosperity, People of JPNDC|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: Yvette

People of JPNDC: NHK Electrical Contracting

When Marquita and her husband took over his uncle’s business in 2004, they were eager to get to work growing NHK Electrical Contracting. But after 10 years of hard work, long days, and a variety of marketing efforts, they felt stuck in the same place where they had started. “It was hard to get [...]

By |2022-02-22T16:02:13-05:00July 22nd, 2021|People of JPNDC, Small Business Services|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: NHK Electrical Contracting

People of JPNDC: New Chapter Home Improvement

As a child, Vicki Gray loved watching how carpenters and other contractors fixed things. “I realized I was handy,” she says. So even after beginning a career in healthcare administration, she harbored the dream of owning her own home repair business. Vicki pursued her dream and started New Chapter Home Improvement, offering commercial and [...]

By |2021-04-26T14:40:58-04:00April 26th, 2021|People of JPNDC, Small Business Services|Comments Off on People of JPNDC: New Chapter Home Improvement