ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting stable, vibrant communities by offering a wide array of services including GED education programs, foreclosure prevention counseling and assistance, free and low-cost senior home repair, and public policy advocacy.
Please use the links above to learn more about who we are and what we do to help our neighbors each day. To the right, you’ll find links to recent updates and ESAC news as well as a calendar of upcoming events. Our success depends on the generous support of people like you, so please consider clicking that donate link on the right to help.
In case your taste buds need some inspiration, here’s the early partial list of some of the restaurants that will be joining at the Taste of Jamaica Plain this year:
- Aurum Restaurant
- Bella Luna Restaurant
- Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
- Bukhara Indian Bistro
- Centre Street Sanctuary
- The Dogwood Cafe
- Fiore’s Bakery
- Gondres Bakery
- Himalayan Bistro
- Grass Fed
- J.P. Licks
- Latino Restaurant
- Mangia Neapolitan Restaurant
- Masona Grill
- Redd’s in Rozzie
- Ten Tables
- Ula Cafe
- Vee Vee
- West on Centre
- Wok ‘n Talk
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WE CAN HELP!!!
- Budgeting counseling and consumer education
- Debt reduction strategies
- Loan Modifications
Our services are free and confidential by HUD certified housing counselors. Call ESAC’s Sustainable Home Ownership Center at: 617-524-2555
- The City of Boston, Martin Walsh, Mayor
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley
The clients, staff, and Board of ESAC would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our supporters who made the 18th annual Taste of Jamaica Plain a success this year. Without the support of everyone – restaurants who donated their time and delicious food, people who donated items to the silent auction, sponsors who contributed to the event, attendees who bought tickets and bid on silent auction items, and volunteers who helped it all go off without a hitch – our annual fundraiser would not have been as successful as it was this year. The Taste was held at The Elk’s Lodge in West Roxbury on Thursday evening, November 21, 2013. Your donations help us to continue in our important work of providing our programs to those who really need it. We’re looking forward to helping many people in 2014 thanks to your support and we can’t wait to see everyone at the 19th annual Taste.
Again, thank you all for your support. We can’t make our mission a reality without your help.
Thank you to the restaurants who supplied the incredible food:
Amir’s Natural Foods, Bella Luna Restaurant, The Boston Beer Company, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Centre Street Sanctuary, Eugene O’Neill’s, Masona Grill, Fiore’s Bakery, Gondres Bakery, Haley House Bakery & Café, Himalayan Bistro, J. P. Lick’s, J. P. Seafood Café, Simpli Bar & Bites, Ten Tables, Ula Café, Vee Vee, West on Centre, Wok ‘N Talk
Thank you to our event sponsors:
ASAP Environmental, Inc., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Beer Company, Boston Private Bank, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Brookline Bank, Brookside Community Health Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Jamaica Hill Realty, Klein Kavanagh Costello, LLP, MASS Housing, NE Kelly & Associates, LLC, Umbereen S. Nehal, M.D., Overture Partners, LLC, Partners Healthcare, Alan Sharaf & Carolynn Levy, SKM Title & Closing Services, P.C., Rogerson Communities, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Vargas & Vargas Insurance Agency and Andrew M. Zuroff, CPA, P.C.
Thank you to our supporters:
ABC Construction, Leon Bethune & Raquel Rosenblatt, Edith Buhs & Peter Thompson Anne Connolly, Richard & Nancy Hackel, Emily Morris Litonjua, Mt. Washington Bank, Project Right, Inc., Paul Shoemaker, Urban Edge and all who purchased tickets and Silent Auction items!
What people are saying about ESAC
“The people at ESAC really wanted to help me, and made me want to help myself. Now I can be confident in what I can do for my daughter. I can look forward instead of just waiting for something to happen.”
– DeSean Martin, GED Plus graduate
“It’s been a blessing. I don’t have kids, I never married. I’m living on Social Security. ESAC helps me to stay in my home — they are wonderful.”
– Madeline Forman, ESAC Senior Home Repair client
“ESAC performs a critically needed service to modest-income families at risk of losing their homes and I am not aware of any other entity that does what ESAC does. I can confidently refer individuals to ESAC knowing that if anyone can save their homes, ESAC can.”
– Attorney Janet Werkman
“ESAC has consistently delivered high quality counseling and has been a leader in developing foreclosure prevention services. What makes ESAC stand out is the consistent level of success they have achieved.”
– Attorney Gary Klein
“The bottom line is this. If it had not been for ESAC we would have been another statistic in the foreclosure statistic. We have our home because of ESAC period.”
– Deborah and Joseph Briggs, Homeowners