Family Friendly Zones

Our CAN agencies will not be hosting Family-Friendly Zones this year.  Instead, the coalition is asking the community to bring the zones home so that the entire community is encompassed by our message.  St. Patrick’s Day is not only a celebration but also a source of childhood memories.  Create vivid, joyous, and proud childhood memories by displaying our message through the St. Patrick’s Day season to make the entire parade route a Family-Friendly Zone for the St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade on Sunday, March 15th.

To expand the Family-Friendly Zone to the entire neighborhood, we ask residents to display our signs on their homes to remind people that South Boston is a community and should be respected.  We also have buttons with the message: “together we CAN celebrate” created by Artists for Humanity.  These free signs and buttons are available at participating coalition agencies including: The South Boston Action Center at 424 West Broadway, The Laboure Center at 275 West Broadway, Julie’s Family Learning Center at 133 Dorchester Street, Medicine Wheel Productions at 110 K Street, Artists for Humanity at 100 West 2nd Street, The South Boston Neighborhood House at 136 H Street, and The Tierney Learning Center at 125 Mercer Street.

We also want to thank Captain Greland and the Boston Police Department for all that they do to keep our community safe!

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training

The South Boston CAN Neighborhood Trauma Response Network invites the community to attend a Psychological First Aid (PFA) & Post-Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) Training.

This two-day training will be October 14 – 15, 2014 and conducted by Dr. Robert Macy of the Boston Children’s Foundation and the International Trauma Center.

  • PTSM is an evidence based series of highly structured community responses following a traumatic incident
  • PTSM targets immediate reduction of traumatic stress response and violence reduction while augmenting coping, resiliency and community bonding
  • PTSM & PFA will give you the tools to conduct violence prevention and intervention strategies

For more information and/or to sign up contact Kay Walsh at 617-308-1154 or