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The best thing a teacher can hear: Argentina Ulloa

‘Mi hijo está en lo más alto de su clase.’ Para una educadora—y para JPNDC—esa noticia hace que todo valga la pena. Argentina Ulloa es una de las 45 educadoras en el hogar, dueños de negocios con licencia independientes, en el sistema de cuidado infantil familiar de JPNDC. Juntos, atienden a 250 niños de [...]

By |2019-12-12T16:25:53-05:00November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|17 Comments

Wise Words from Women Entrepreneurs in JP

Is Instagram a great marketing tool? What if I can't get a loan? Do I really need to plan? Carina Lopez (right) with Marie Michl of JPNDC Voices of experience answered these and other questions on March 21st, when five small business owners and experts formed a panel at the #SheMeansBusiness pop-up [...]

By |2019-04-10T14:10:18-04:00April 9th, 2019|JP and Me|Comments Off on Wise Words from Women Entrepreneurs in JP

JP & Anne St. Juste

“I saw kids running around outside when they should have been in school. I thought, what is this? And so, I wanted to do something about it.” Sometimes JPNDC's work goes to unexpected places. Anne St. Juste took a business class at JPNDC to strengthen her non-profit. Now she's doing more than ever to [...]

By |2019-02-20T16:18:52-05:00February 20th, 2019|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Anne St. Juste

JP & Arnold Johnson

“It’s not just banging nails. It’s engineering. It’s architecture. We need young people to realize they can make a good living.” Boston is in a building boom. Did you know most of the workers on the city’s construction sites today are neither Boston residents nor people of color (who make up at least 53% of [...]

By |2018-09-10T15:14:59-04:00September 10th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Arnold Johnson

JP & Michael Mulcahy

Michael Mulcahy, 1928-2018 In this post we celebrate the life of Michael Mulcahy, a pillar of the neighborhood for more than 50 years. First, in a 2007 interview, Michael reminisces about JP in the 1960s, living two blocks from the Haffenreffer Brewery, and facing down some bigots who opposed JPNDC in the early days. Michael would [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20-04:00August 10th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Michael Mulcahy

JP & Coco Verde Vegan

“You won't believe you're eating something that's vegan.” Vegan Dominican food? That’s right, and it’s being made here in JP. Today we’re speaking with Cecilia Flores and Ivannoe Rodriguez Sierra, owners of the brand-new catering business Coco Verde Vegan (, about creating delicious recipes based on traditional dishes (and new ones), helping people get healthier, [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20-04:00July 18th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Coco Verde Vegan

JP & Joe Vallely

“Serving on the board has been so fulfilling and has given me a wonderful opportunity to serve people seeking decent, affordable housing and jobs that pay a respectable wage.” JP resident and activist Joe Vallely joined the JPNDC board in 1993 and served for 25 years. At our Annual Meeting on June 7, we were [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20-04:00June 13th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Joe Vallely

JP & Gabriela Mendoza, Esq.

“My mom says I decided to become a lawyer because I’m always arguing,” says Gabriela Mendoza. “But I argue because I’m defending other people! And because I want to make a difference and help people.” On June 7th, because of her work helping local businesses avoid displacement, Gabriela will be one of the individuals and [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20-04:00May 22nd, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Gabriela Mendoza, Esq.

JP & City Life/Vida Urbana

Did you know that a JP organization is a national leader in the anti-displacement movement? City Life/Vida Urbana is celebrating its 45th anniversary on May 19 with a party and multi-media art exhibit that will shine a light on victories by working-class people to stay in their homes and advance racial, social and economic justice. [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20-04:00May 3rd, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & City Life/Vida Urbana