The Dimock Center, Roxbury
Storytime Crafts is honored to partner with the The Dimock Center. Founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, the Dimock Center heals and uplifts individuals, families, and their community. Operating on a nine-acre campus in Roxbury, The Dimock Center serves communities in Boston and across the state, providing comprehensive, culturally-competent Health and Community Care, Behavioral Health Services, and Child and Family Services to more than 19,000 people annually.
January 29, 2021, Storytime Crafts delivered hygiene kits, baby care packages and 200 books to The Dimock Center for children and families in need. A special thank you to our volunteers for assembling the kits and to Joan Sham for delivering everything to The Dimock.
February 17, 2021, Storytime Crafts delivered 240 teddy bears and baby care packages with early literacy books made possible with the help of our volunteers.
March 11, 2021, Storytime Crafts installed a Little Free Library outside of the Dimock Health Center in Roxbury, donated in partnership with the Wagner Family of Weston. A special thank you to our partners ReadBoston and Lennox Chase.
March 13, 2021, Storytime Crafts created a literacy corner at The Dimock's Ruth Kelley Ummi's House in Roxbury.
Named for a former Dimock Director of Behavioral Health, the Ruth Kelley Ummi’s House (RKUH) is based in a brownstone in Roxbury’s nearby Fort Hill neighborhood. The program provides housing and intensive case management to women and children. They serve previously incarcerated women who are living with multiple health, mental health and substance use issues, including HIV/AIDS and bipolar disorder. They welcome pregnant women and women who are on methadone maintenance. The majority of the children are under the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Families live at RKUH from six to 24 months and continue to receive supportive services for an additional six months once they move to their own homes.
RKUH is a long-term stabilization program. Families enter the program having experienced significant trauma, in some cases dating back to the women’s own childhoods. The program focuses on moving on and moving forward.