Discrimination Charge; Affordable Office Space; Name Change

October 15, 2019 — Work Inc. alleges discrimination by Greenway Conservancy... Enroot selling building to ensure affordable space for Cambridge nonprofits... Wayside Inn changes name, appoints nonprofit director.

Work Inc. Alleges Discrimination by Greenway Conservancy

WORK Inc., a Boston nonprofit that provides vocational services to adults with disabilities, last week filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, claiming that the Greenway Conservancy, a nonprofit that maintains a mile-long ribbon of parks and green space in downtown Boston, discriminated against it when it cut its relationship with Work Inc.

WORK Inc. said the Conservancy, which supervises the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston, “unlawfully severed its longstanding relationship with WORK Inc. on the basis of WORK Inc.’s association with and support of disabled persons and workers,” according to a report in The Boston Globe.

WORK Inc. had maintained the Greenway for the last 10 years until Oct. 1 when it was replaced by a for-profit company from Kentucky.

“While we have not yet reviewed the complaint to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is an organization that does not tolerate discrimination,’’ the group said in a statement, according to The Globe. “WORK Inc.’s allegations are false and misrepresent their working relationship with the conservancy and our process.”—’

WORK Inc. serves 1,200 people with physical, psychological, and developmental challenges, providing workers with disabilities to maintain federal buildings such as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Enroot Selling Building to Ensure Affordable Space for Cambridge Nonprofits

Enroot, a Cambridge nonprofit that provides academic, leadership, and related services to students, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority last week finalized the purchase and sale of a building that will ensure continued affordable office space for local nonprofits.

Enroot, formerly Cambridge Community Services, has owned and operated the building since 1965. Today, the converted townhouse building on Bishop Allen Drive in Central Square is home to 11 nonprofits with more than 100 staff.

Escalating prices of commercial real estate in Cambridge and beyond are causing the displacement of nonprofit agencies.

The process to the sale began last fall when the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF), a building tenant, joined with other building tenants, civic leaders, and community advocates in asking Enroot to delay its sale process to allow the Foundation and tenants time to explore solutions for preserving the property for nonprofit use.

The CRA plans to preserve the property for existing tenants and also pursue the establishment of a nonprofit center that could provide additional benefits for other nonprofit programs throughout Cambridge, according to CCF.

The Bishop Allen Drive property will provide below-market rent, shared meeting rooms, and opportunities for peer learning. Benefits will also be provided nonprofits that are not located in the building, which may include a mailing address, low cost meeting space, or low-cost use of copying and printing.

Wayside Inn Changes Name, Appoints Nonprofit Director

The Wayside Inn, a Sudbury nonprofit, recently announced it has changed its name to The Wayside Inn Foundation (TWIF) to strengthen its identity as a nonprofit organization entrusted with the preservation of more than 100 acres and nine historic buildings, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, the oldest Inn still operating in the United States.

It also named Sally Purrington Hild as its first director of nonprofit programs and affairs, according to the Framingham Source.

The Wayside Inn is much more than a restaurant," said Gary Christelis, president of the foundation. "Longfellow's Wayside Inn is beloved and will continue to operate under its iconic name, but the trustees all agree that many parts of our site and resources are underutilized and that our programming potential is untapped. Sally will lead our efforts at TWIF toward growth."

Hild most recently held the position of executive director for the Sudbury Historical Society and led its efforts to build the Sudbury History Center at the Loring Parsonage, according to the Source, and earlier was executive director of the Cambridge Historical Society. She earned a Master of Arts degree in historic preservation from Boston University.