Catholic Charities Teen Center receives 5-year, $100,000 award from Cummings Foundation

Monday, June 1, 2020

BOSTON (June 1, 2020)—Catholic Charities of Boston’s Teen Center at St. Peter’s is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The award, totaling $100,000, will be spread out over five years. The Dorchester-based Teen Center was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

Catholic Charities’ Teen Center provides programs and services to approximately 200 teens in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester, focused on academic support and recreational activities.

“I cannot thank Cummings Foundation enough for this very generous award to support the Teen Center’s programs,” said Joao Dos Santos, director of the Catholic Charities Teen Center. “Over the next five years, this financial support will enable our team to continue our important guidance and support services for young people in this vulnerable neighborhood.”

The Cummings $20 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

"We have been impressed, but not surprised, by the myriad ways in which these 130 grant winners are serving their communities, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19," said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation's executive director. ''Their ability to adapt and work with their constituents in new and meaningful ways has an enormous impact in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work."

This year's diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention and food insecurity. The nonprofits are spread across 40 different cities and towns, and most will receive their grants over two to five years.

About Catholic Charities

Guided by the moral and social teaching of the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities operated as a bridge to serve the greater community, regardless of religion, race, gender, age, disability or ethnicity, sharing Catholic values through service, compassion and care. One of the largest social service nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, we serve 175,000 people in four key areas: basic needs, family and youth services, workforce development and immigration services. Catholic Charities exists as the good Samaritan in our society by supporting individuals with basic needs while charting a path to self-sufficiency. To discover more of our work, visit

About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn, and Veterinary School at Tufts, LLC in North Grafton. Additional information is available at