On Friday February 28th, 2014 Hyde Square Task Force purchased the majestic Blessed Sacrament Church building, located on the Blessed Sacrament Campus on Centre Street in the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. The process of reclaiming the Church for community purposes and negotiating the sales agreement took over two years, however it was well worth it. This process required the participation, support, and encouragement of many people. Thank you.
On Saturday, March 29th, 2014 HSTF opened the long-shut doors to the Blessed Sacrament Church to host guests from the National Summit on Creative Youth Development, presented by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh, Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo, State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development Sheila Dillon, and other local city officials. The church was closed about a decade ago and this was the first time since then that the public has had the chance to tour the magnificent space. HSTF was delighted to offer this rare opportunity to see inside this community treasure to visitors from around the country, public officials, and neighbors. As a part of this celebration, HSTF youth leaders presented an Afro-Latin drumming sequence inside the church’s sanctuary.
This architectural icon, which has been a significant part of Jamaica Plain’s history, will come to life once again providing people from all neighborhoods and backgrounds a place to gather to enjoy arts, cultural and civic events, and activities.
Hyde Square Task Force’s Campus Project, which also includes facility improvements and system upgrades in our Youth Community Development Center, will be a significant undertaking. It will require partnerships, community input and engagement, advice and counsel, and generous financial support. We are counting on you, our friends, colleagues, and funders to join us in creating a cultural and civic centerpiece for Boston’s Latin Quarter.
You will hear more about these plans in the coming weeks and months as we expand our community outreach, select architects and create plans, intensify our fundraising efforts, and announce activities for this year. For more information, contact Ken Tangvik.