Children from ABCD Malden & Everett Head Start at the 50th Anniversary Head Start celebration.
This year ABCD was asked by the state and federal governments to step in and provide services to thousands of low-income families left behind in the Mystic Valley area when a Malden-based organization suffered financial difficulties and closed. ABCD put people and resources on the ground in the affected communities to provide Fuel Assistance, Housing Services & Homelessness Assistance and Head Start programs. More than 6,000 residents of Malden, Everett, Medford, Melrose, Woburn, Winchester and Stoneham received help with heating needs in a bitter cold, blizzard-battered winter. In addition, 53 households in Malden, Everett and Chelsea were assisted with housing services. ABCD Head Start established sites in Malden and Everett to provide Head Start with comprehensive services for the area’s low-income pre-school children and families. Recently ABCD was designated by the federal government as the official community action organization for the area.