News in Brief

Fuel Assistance Benefit Levels Increased to $2,200

At the urging of ABCD and other Community Action Agencies, more LIHEAP funding is now available to people in need this winter. The maximum benefit level has been increased to $2,200, from $1,600 which will help struggling families, individuals and elders to make it through the harsh winter season. ABCD continues to accept new applications for Fuel Assistance and encourages everyone to explore the potential for assistance.

Residents are urged to see if they meet the guidelines for the increased benefit. The program will run through April 30. 2030.

 Residents of Boston, Brookline or Newton can apply by calling at 617-357-6012. Residents of Malden, Medford, Everett, Winchester, Melrose, Woburn or Stoneham can call 781-322-6284. Visit for information about ABCD’s Fuel Assistance Program including a listing of neighborhood centers.

Application assistance is available in-person by appointment at all ABCD neighborhood centers including:

ABCD Central Office; ABCD Roslindale; Allston/Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center; Brookline Fuel Assistance;  Chinatown; Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center; East Boston; John F. Kennedy Center; Mattapan Family Service Center; Mystic Valley Opportunity Center; Newton Fuel Assistance; North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center; Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service Center; Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center; South Boston Action Center and the South End Neighborhood Service Center.

A Massachusetts-based nonprofit human services organization, ABCD provides disadvantaged residents in the Boston and Mystic Valley areas with the tools, support, and resources they need to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success. Each year, we serve more than 100,000 individuals, elders and families through a broad range of innovative initiatives as well as long-established, proven programs and services. For 60 years, ABCD has been deeply rooted in each neighborhood we serve, empowering individuals and families and supporting them in their quest to live with dignity and achieve their highest potential. For more information, please visit

Cambridge Breast Center Earns National Recognition for Patient Care

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities, has received a three year re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program of the American College of Surgeons.

NAPBC accreditation shows that the Cambridge Breast Center meets the highest national standards for breast care. After a rigorous survey, the center was found to offer comprehensive care, the best available treatment options, a team approach to breast cancer, early detection programs, access to clinical trials, and cancer education and support services. 

“More than a decade ago, the Cambridge Breast Center was the first in Massachusetts to achieve NAPBC certification,” said Siva Vithiananthan, MD, CHA’s chief of surgery. “And as patient care has evolved, CHA has been there every step of the way – giving patients exceptional care and service in a friendly, community setting.”

“Our model brings together surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, social workers, and others to support the patient throughout their journey,” added Amy Moldrem, MD, director of the Cambridge Breast Center. “We are here for our patients and their families, whatever their circumstances, to provide guidance, support, advice and treatment. Whether you need a world-class breast radiologist, a fabulous and caring oncologist, an expert breast reconstructive surgeon, or a program for people at high risk, you’ll find it here. We truly care for you, and about you, in every sense.”

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