On Monday, September 17, 2012, The Honorable Ayanna Pressley, Councilor-At-Large, City of Boston, visited and toured Phoenix House Dorchester Center, located in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Phoenix House Dorchester Center is a long-term residential family substance abuse facility for mothers and their children, providing them with a warm and safe environment on the campus of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children.
Councilor-At-Large Pressley, the first woman of color to serve in the 100-year history of the Boston City Council, recently established a new standing committee within the City Council, the Committee on Women & Healthy Communities. Chaired by Councilor-At-Large Pressley, the committee is primarily concerned with adequate delivery of city services and programming for youth, families, and seniors, with particular focus on girls and women. Some of the issues the committee addresses include substance abuse, domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, bullying, mentoring, hunger and homelessness.
Phoenix House has a mission—and a tradition spanning more than forty years—of leading individuals, families, and communities from disrupted to productive lives. Phoenix House Dorchester Center works in close collaboration with the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. The skilled professional staff is dedicated to helping women overcome substance dependence and build their life-skills and support networks with the ultimate goal of attaining and sustaining stable, drug- and alcohol-free lives for themselves and their children.
Phoenix Families, also located on the campus of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, provides emergency shelter and rehousing services for homeless mothers with small children.