Founded in 1964, RMSC is a leader in service delivery. Throughout our 50-year history we have balanced addressing issues of national concern, including homelessness, education, mental health and urban revitalization.
As we move into our sixth decade, we want to enhance and extend services within our core areas – and even venture into new areas – while remaining affordable and accessible.
Our services are designed to strengthen and empower participants, who will in turn build resilient and empowered communities.
We strive for accessibility, making certain that our services are available to all who need them.
At first, RMSC functioned on a case-by-case basis, with an emphasis on serving families. The organization provided case work, employment, housing, legal, and mental health services. Specific programs included a summer camp, reading lab, counseling, and housing for the homeless.
While continuing to offer these services, RMSC broadened its scope in the late 1960s. It organized block associations to focus on neighborhood improvement. It also led the way in education reform. As a founding member of the Task Force on Children Out of School (now Massachusetts Advocates for Children), RMSC fought for the passage of Chapter 766 (1975), which “guarantees the right of young people with special needs to an educational program best suited to their needs.” The Task Force also had a direct impact on the passage of the nation’s first bi-lingual education law (1971).
RMSC became known as a hub of social activism. Many staff members went on to become leaders in Boston and beyond. RMSC also played a pivotal role in forming La Alianza Hispania, a multi-service center devoted to Roxbury’s Latino population. In 1974, RMSC collaborated with other community organizations to aid parents and students during the violent aftermath of federally ordered desegregation of the Boston Public School System.
In the 2000s, RMSC re-evaluated its approach, returning to its original philosophy of focusing on the specific needs of children and families. It now runs three facilities, each concentrating on a different area of service: education, behavioral health, and housing. These three areas of service are vitally interconnected.
In the near future, we hope to add an arts component to our education programming. Encouraging creativity and self-expression will enhance social development of our young participants.
Shirley Good, Administrative Healthcare Assistant
Aida Hampton, IHT Coordinator
Carole Montgomery, Executive Director
Dr. Patricia Zamor, Clinical Director
Board of Trustees
Carole Montgomery, President
Paulette M. Jones, Vice President
Vicentè Vina, Treasurer
Helen Credle, Clerk/Secretary
Clinical Services Team
Nia Sue Mitchum
The Boston Foundation
Boston Public Health Commission
Facing Cancer Together
Higginson/Lewis K-8 School
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP)
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
Neighborhood Health Plan
Timothy Smith Network