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Faces of IBA

Faces of IBA

IBA has come a long way since it first started back in 1968 and that is not only thanks to our supporters and donors but also because of every single person working with us. IBA employs hardworking, committed individuals who all share the same goal: to empower and engage individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality...

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Community Organizations’ Role in the Equitable Facilitation of COVID-19 Vaccinations

Community Organizations’ Role in the Equitable Facilitation of COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 has shed light on and expanded many longstanding disparities in our society, as low-income individuals and communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. As public health officials work to priori...

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LOS RESIDENTES AQUÍ SOMOS MUY UNIDOS

LOS RESIDENTES AQUÍ SOMOS MUY UNIDOS

En los últimos 50 años, desde la creación de nuestro Programa de Servicios al Residente, IBA ha ayudado a muchos residentes de Villa Victoria asistiéndoles con diferentes necesidades o retos de lenguaje, asuntos legales, alimentación o servicios de salud. En esta ocasión nos sentamos con Jorge Ortíz, quien muy agradecido con IBA, nos compartió un poco de lo que él ha ex...

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“PARA CUALQUIER COSA QUE LOS LLAME, ESTÁN AHÍ”

“PARA CUALQUIER COSA QUE LOS LLAME, ESTÁN AHÍ”

El Programa de Resident Services de IBA, ayuda a los adultos mayores de bajos recursos de Villa Victoria, promoviendo actividades para que se mantengan activos y poniendo a su disposición alimentos saludables. Miguelina de Jesús, quien lleva más de 60 años siendo parte de esta comunidad, estaba siempre presente en todos los eventos y aún ahora no se pierde las actividades que hemos adap...

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Community Power During Trying Times: Coronavirus Updates

Community Power During Trying Times: Coronavirus Updates

* This page will be continually updated as this is a developing situation Para ver esta información en español por favor siga este enlace. Updated Tuesday April 7th, 2020, 4:30pm Q: How does Governor Baker’s orders on COVID-19 impact IB...

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The Impact of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment on Community Stability & Wellbeing

The Impact of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment on Community Stability & Wellbeing

Recent policies regarding immigration in the U.S. have created an environment that threatens the safety and wellbeing of legal and undocumented immigrants. On a national stage, these policies stand to drastically restrict immigration and asylum-seeking. Here, we take a deep dive into how discrimination and confusing policies are affecting immigrant communities. R...

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Behind the Scenes | Linnette Speel

Behind the Scenes | Linnette Speel

“I want IBA to be the biggest and best nonprofit organization in all of Massachusetts,” Linnette Speel, Executive Assistant explains. Having spent the past 4 years as an integral part of Operations, Linnette is responsible for supporting the senior management team, including IBA CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado. In addition, she serves as a liaison between the management teams and external ...

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Behind the Scenes | Janice Nevarez

Behind the Scenes | Janice Nevarez

When it comes to ensuring that everything operates smoothly at IBA, Janice Nevarez makes it happen. As the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, all requests, questions, phone calls, and emails usually come through her first. She’s been with IBA since 2017 and works closely with the facilities manager to get maintenance requests taken care of and to schedule necessary walkthroughs. But, he...

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In the Public Eye & Behind the Scenes: The Leadership of IBA CEO Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado

In the Public Eye & Behind the Scenes: The Leadership of IBA CEO Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado

Whether at resident meetings speaking with the community or on television talking about key issues in affordable housing, our CEO Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado is constantly advocating for inclusive development, economic and educational empowerment, representative leadership, arts programming and more. This month, as we highlight the people that make IBA so special, we wanted to provide you with ...

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Karla Rivera: Interview

Karla Rivera: Interview

One of the talented women performing at Festival Betances this year Karla P. Rivera Lozada. Born in San Germán, Puerto Rico, Karla’s attraction to music has been lifelong, studying at the School of Fine Arts of Bayamón, then the Conservatory of Arts of the Caribbean (CAC) in Old San Juan, and currently the prestigious Berklee College of Music. We sat down to chat with Karla about her ambitions,...

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30 Years Of Living In Villa Victoria

30 Years Of Living In Villa Victoria

Our Resident Services program works to make every resident feel at home in Villa Victoria. From case management to neighborhood events, they build community and empower our residents. We recently spoke with one of our residents to learn more about her experience with IBA. Maria, a longtime Villa Victoria resident, has been living in our neighborhood since 1991 after moving from Guatemal...

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Supporting Our Community Through Resident Services

Supporting Our Community Through Resident Services

IBA has long been committed to providing affordable housing to our community. A key part of this effort has been our Resident Services Program, which helps our residents access support resources. To learn more about our Resident Services Program, we sat down with Senior Program Director, Rafael Medina. 1. How long have you been with IBA? Can you tell us about your time here? ...

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"You’re Not Going to Find a Better Community" - A Mom's Experience With IBA's Preschool

"You’re Not Going to Find a Better Community" - A Mom's Experience With IBA's Preschool

In our second interview with the parents of our preschoolers, we spoke to Catherine, the mother of 3-year-old Louis. After they to Boston from Chicago a year ago, she enrolled her son in IBA's Preschool to immerse him in a more diverse community. Q: What do you think the benefits of the multicultural preschool can be? Catherine: It’s shaping my child’s world in...

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They Have Your Back: Sitting Down With A Preschool Mom

They Have Your Back: Sitting Down With A Preschool Mom

We recently sat down with the Sarah, the mother of one our preschoolers, to talk about IBA's preschool. Her 3-year-old son Eric has been in IBA's Preschool for the last 9 months, and according to Sarah, has grown immeasurably. Q: How did you hear about IBA’s preschool? Sarah: I was having dinner with his dad in the area, and we just walked in, whic...

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Teaching Our Tomorrow: An Interview With IBA's Preschool Staff

Teaching Our Tomorrow: An Interview With IBA's Preschool Staff

Serving children ages 2.9-5.5, IBA’s year-round preschool was the first bilingual program in the state of Massachusetts and is one of the Massachusetts Top 21 School Readiness programs. To learn more about IBA’s Preschool Program and the core values it instills in children, we sat down with Program Manager Joanna Fuentes, who has been with IBA for 19 years, and Education Manager Valerie...

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