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The South Boston Neighborhood House impacts the lives of 2000 individuals each year from infants to nonagenarians. Our focus is families and our five program and service areas, Early Education & Care Preschool, School Age Programs, Education & Career Development, Senior Programs and Family Engagement, are designed to work together to strengthen the fabric of family and community life through education and opportunity.

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One of Boston’s original historic settlement houses, the South Boston Neighborhood House (SBNH) was founded in 1901 with a mission ‘to support family and neighborhood life in South Boston.’ Affectionately known as “the Ollie” after founder, Olivia James, the Neighborhood House has always been known for the deep ties and connections among participants and families that have endured for generations and the historic welcome and investment in South Boston’s immigrant populations and other new residents that continues to this day.

The South Boston Neighborhood House is the oldest continually operating human service agency in South Boston, and the community’s only independent multi-service provider. As an independent and stand-alone agency, South Boston Neighborhood House can be flexible, rapid in our response to community needs and at the forefront of community issues. However, having no parent agency to assist with fundraising and administration also requires our small staff and our Board of Directors to be creatively invested and engaged in agency and community life at every level.