Cambridge, MA – The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House recently received a $25,000 grant from the DPR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit associated with DPR Construction, as part of the foundation’s mission to support organizations that assist economically disadvantaged youth.
In September 2018, members of DPR’s Boston office partnered with Rebuilding Together to complete key renovations in the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House food pantry and youth center. The food pantry located in the basement of the historic building serves over 4,000 individuals each year.
Renovations to the food pantry were critical to maintain service, and included demolishing and repositioning the counter, building new benches for the waiting area, and replacing and assembling new shelving. Outdated telephone wiring hanging across the ceiling of the food pantry was also removed, refreshing the space.
In the youth center, the DPR team skim-coated the cement block walls of the largest classroom to create a smoother and more polished appearance. Additional patches were made in the other classrooms, and plans have been made for a larger refresh of their cement block walls. In one of the classrooms, an unused sink and cupboards were removed, and the wall patched. Three of the classrooms and the hallway were repainted, adding more color to the space. Additional repair work for the youth center is in the works.
“As an organization, we are very grateful,” said Selvin Chambers, executive director of the Margaret Fuller House. “DPR’s work at our facility has allowed us to provide a safe and healthy space for our young people and the families that we support in the community. They provide much-needed support to the physical structure and helped us open two new rooms on the third floor that had previously been used for storage. The two new rooms will now be used to house our adult enrichment programs.”