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March 2, 2021
Future Chefs’ New Home; Thrive, Animal Rescue League Expand

January 19, 2021 — Collaboration with city leads to new home for Future Chefs. Thrive Support & Advocacy expands to Worcester area. Animal Rescue League of Boston enlarging its Dedham presence.

Collaboration with City Leads to New Home for Future Chefs

Future Chefs , a Boston nonprofit that helps young people prepare for culinary and related careers, will get a new home as part of an innovative mixed-income, mixed-use housing development in Grove Hall neighborhood of the city.

The move into The Clarion, will give the nonprofit 5,750 square feet of space on the ground floor of a building being developed by The Community Builders.

“We’re thrilled to be working once again with the City of Boston and The Community Builders on cutting edge affordable housing that will help provide opportunities for the city’s youth through the Future Chefs program,” said Clark Ziegler, executive director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, a nonprofit that supports and finances affordable housing by working with state government.

Toni Elka, who founded Future Chefs 2008 and now serves as its executive director, said, "We are excited to bring our values into focus in this beautiful new facility. We believe that every young person should be able to imagine a purposeful, joyful life. This collaboration gives Future Chefs a warm and inviting home to create food-centric, youth development magic with our neighbors for years to come.”

Thrive Support & Advocacy Expands to Worcester Area

Thrive Support & Advocacy, a Marlborough nonprofit that provides services to youth and adults with developmental disabilities, recently announced it expanded its family support services earlier this month to the city of Worcester and seven surrounding towns.

The expansion, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, will ultimately enable the organize to serve more than 600 families.

Sean Rose, president and CEO of Thrive, said, “From day one, our participants and their families have been at the forefront of all that we do and expanding our community will not change that focus. Thrive’s presence in Metrowest will remain strong as we continue to provide supports for Adult Companion-Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and non-ASD, One-on-One Respite, Group Respite, and DESE.”

Animal Rescue League of Boston Enlarging Its Dedham Presence

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), a Boston-based nonprofit that works to enhance animal welfare, is expanding its Dedham presence with a new, 22,500-square-foot building, due for completion this fall.

Edward Schettino, installed last month as ARL president and CEO, said the expansion, will “increase our efficiencies throughout the organization and strengthen the outcomes for the animals and communities we serve throughout Massachusetts,” The Boston Globe reported. “We are very excited about this.. We’ve labeled it a foundation for the future.”

The new site will include a garage for mobile medical outreach efforts, a training center for animals and their caregivers; and new office space that will enable the league to centralize its program managers in one location, according to The Globe. Ground was broken for the facility in September.

ARL launched in 1899 in Boston, and acquired the Dedham site in 1907. Today, it also operates a site in Brewster. It developed several responses to the coronavirus pandemic, including temporary housing for pets whose families are facing eviction.

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