We’re Building the Economic Mobility Hub at Rindge Commons
This new, mixed-use development at Alewife, will bring together a state-of-the-art education and job training center, affordable housing, childcare and services available to the entire neighborhood.
We’re addressing the issues families are faced with today.
An exciting opportunity is underway!
Comprehensive Services Under One Roof
Our workforce development and YouthBuild training programs will create new career pathways for adults and youth in the biomed, IT and construction and retail sectors.
The hub is a 5 minute walk from a new, 26-acre life science district and is adjacent to the Alewife MBTA station.
The new hub will annually serve over 2,800 individuals across multiple services and under one roof.
Financial services will assist families with tax prep services, financial counseling and coaching and obtaining earned income tax credits.
In partnership with the City of Cambridge, 10,000 square feet reserved for a high-quality preschool that will serve 68 children.
32,000 will be reserved for the construction of affordable apartments, addressing a critical need in this location.
Creating Career Pathways and Tripling the Impact
The brand new labs and classrooms will double the number of students in our current programs and allow the development of new, accelerated programs to expand our impact.
The first and second floors will house the YouthBuild Woodshop and classrooms. The third floor will include the Biomedical and Information Technology adult career programs spaces. Our tuition-free programs prepare individuals for entry-level jobs in biotechnology and IT support and are designed for people who are looking for a stable, new career with family-sustaining wages and opportunities for growth.
Since 1992, over 600 people have graduated from our programs. 89% of graduates from 2021 have secured in-field employment with average wage gains of $25,000 a year.
Building an Equitable Future
Together with our partners, we’re leading the way in creating equitable communities in Cambridge and beyond with our integrative services, so that everybody can secure a solid economic foundation. By bringing all of our services to one central location, a participant may enter one program and then have exposure and the opportunity to participate in another. We will continue to do what we do best—build homes, careers and futures.
1,500 people live in our affordable homes, with 250 more homes in our pipeline. We assist over 600 people with rental assistance, housing stabilization, homeless prevention, and home improvement.
Support over 130 adults and youth in job training, attainment, and career counseling. 90% of our Biomed and IT training graduates secure in-sector jobs within one year with average salary increase of $25,000.
150 people receive financial coaching to plan and save for their future. 318 people have their tax returns prepared at our Tax Help Clinic, returning over $640,000 to the community in tax refunds and credits.
Will You Support the Economic Mobility Hub at Rindge Commons?
To fund the new Economic Mobility Hub, Just A Start has launched a $4.25M capital campaign to create the build-out of the training and program spaces, including the development of bio and IT training labs and a woodshop for our YouthBuild program.
We welcome generous donors who share our passion for building pathways for families and individuals who will benefit from our services in order to move forward.
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