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New learning center opens its doors on Norfolk Street in Dorchester

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 6, 2013 04:12 PM

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(Image courtesy Operation PEACE)


From left to right: Rico Gilberti of Wingate, David O'Donnell, Dean Siflinger of Wingate, Sarah Noriega, program director at Operation P.E.A.C.E. Dorchester, Marilyn Forman of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Organization, Mark Schuster and Candice Branca of Wingate.


With the opening of a new center in Codman Square, Operation P.E.A.C.E., an education and youth enrichment non-profit, hopes to increase its impact in Boston.

The new center, located in the Noral Apartments at 15 Norfolk St., includes a school-age education center, cooking space, arts and crafts area, children’s reading library, and computer lab, according to a release from the organization.

“We are excited about offering our programs to more Boston families with our second location and look forward to enriching family and community life in the Dorchester neighborhood,” David O’Donnell, executive director of Operation P.E.A.C.E., said in a statement. “Our free learning programs are available to the whole community with courses for children and adults, unemployed residents, new English speakers and senior citizens.”

Wingate Companies, a real-estate firm and long-time support of Operation P.E.A.C.E., also contributed funds for the new center.

“We are grateful to all those who joined together to make this center a reality,” said Mark Schuster, principal of Wingate Companies, said in a statment “Based on the warm welcome we have received from the Dorchester community, we are confident Operation P.E.A.C.E. Dorchester will become a vibrant neighborhood resource for local families to learn key life skills.”

Founded in 1995 in Atlanta, GA, Operation P.E.A.C.E., which stands for Partnerships in Education and Community Enrichment, opened its first Boston location in the Fenway area in 2001.

“We welcome a great program with proven success to the Codman Square neighborhood,” Representative Russell Holmes said in a statement. “Operation P.E.A.C.E. brings a much-needed resource that will fill the void of afterschool, computer lab and ESL training, not only to Wingate residents but the entire community.”

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