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Executive Director Barbara Kibler Announces Her Retirement

i Apr 7th No Comments by
Dear Friends,
It is a year of transition at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.
After more than 11 years as executive director, Barbara Kibler has announced her retirement. We thank Barbara for her commitment, vision and leadership. Her many accomplishments include dramatically expanded programming, substantial increases in partnerships and funding, significant renovations and improvements to the house, and a more than tripling of the number of people it serves annually. Now in its 113th year, the house serves more than 4,000 families – from toddlers to senior citizens – through a wide range of programs designed to strengthen the community. Needless to say, Barbara is leaving big shoes to fill, but she has graciously agreed to stay on through this period of transition to ensure continuity in services.
With this transition, and the certainty of new challenges ahead, it is a natural opportunity for the board to take some time to assess the House’s role in the community and plan thoughtfully and strategically for the future. As we approach next steps, we will be seeking input from the community and our partners. We will involve community advisors in key decisions to ensure that they are made with the needs of those the House serves in clear view.
If you have any questions about the transition or our plans for the future, please do not hesitate to contact Barbara or any member of the board.
Alan Schwartz
Board President
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House

MIT’s Alternative Spring Break 2015

i Mar 31st No Comments by



We had an incredible week with the volunteers from MIT’s Alternative Spring Break program! These remarkable students chose to spend their spring break with us, helping to finish a lot of key projects. They helped with building shelves, organizing and cleaning, database management work and even a Sweet Soul Supper mailing! They took a special interest in learning about the Port/Area IV neighborhood, about some of the children and older people in the community, and about how small non-profit community centers like the Margaret Fuller House operate. They brought a lot of positive energy and a special enthusiasm to the house that the kids and staff really benefited from. We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors and hope to see them at the Fuller House again soon!


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A Message from the Leaders in Training

i Dec 18th No Comments by

Hi Everyone!

We’re the LITs (Leaders in Training) at the Margaret Fuller House. Specifically, there’s four of us writing this together, and our names are Christelle, Heizy, Mariysa, and Haley. We’re all 13 or 14, and some of us have been coming to the House since we were almost babies (or like 6 years old).








So Mark, our Director, asked us if we could write a little bit about what our experience at the Margaret Fuller House has been like. He wants to try to convince you that it’s worth it to give money to the Fuller House during the holidays. We have to agree! We came up with some questions we thought you might want to know about the Fuller House, and some answers we have to give.

What makes the Margaret Fuller House Special?
It has an old vibe, and is really a family place. It’s a house, and it really feels like a home. It’s also a place where it doesn’t matter about your skin color, or your background. Everyone is welcome here! It doesn’t matter where you come from, it matters where you’re trying to get to. It’s a place where kids and adults can grow together.

What makes kids stay here so long and become leaders in training?
The kids actually want to come here. It has tons of opportunities, like Girls Group and Boys Group, Strong Women Strong Girls, STEAM Team and Leaders in Training. For the kids, it makes doors open for them. Unlike at school, the teachers actually act like they want to be here. If you make one mistake in school, suddenly that’s what you are. At Margaret Fuller House, they are forgiving. Every day is a new day. For LITs like us, it’s the kind of education you don’t really get in school.

Why should strangers give their money to the Margaret Fuller House?

If the strangers were in the same situation that many of the people here are in, they would want people to give to the house too.

If you want to DONATE, please go to: http://www.razoo.com/story/Mfnh-End-Of-Year-Wishes

So this is the first letter we’re writing. Mark asked us to send you one or two more before the holidays. We hope that you’ll really think about what we’ve been saying, and think about giving to the Fuller House!

Peace and Happy Holidays!

Christelle, Haley and Heizy 


Our Neighborhood’s Needs Featured in the Boston Sunday Globe

i Dec 11th No Comments by

The Boston Globe featured our neighborhood- and the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House- on its Sunday front page this weekend. The article, entitled “Area Four Residents Live in the Shadow of the Future,” explores the stark inequalities in our neighborhood:

“As global pharmaceutical companies build new labs, Internet giants Google and Twitter expand, and startups snap up office space at ever-higher rents, families living in the shadow of the innovation economy are flocking to the local food pantry at three times the rate of a decade ago. The waiting list for public housing is double what it was five years ago. The beds in the Salvation Army homeless shelter on Massachusetts Avenue are always full.”

The article goes on to note:

“When executive director Barbara Kibler took over Margaret Fuller 11 years ago, the community center’s food pantry served about 400 people a month. Today, it’s about 1,200. On many days, the line stretches down Eaton Street.”

We have the power to meet the needs of our neighbors; we just need the funds. You’ll hear more from us during the holiday season- specifically, from some of the teens who grew up in the Margaret Fuller House, and so we thank you in advance for your generosity this season.



Turkey Drive 2014!

i Dec 11th No Comments by

Thanks to the support of our neighbors and friends, we raised $7,000 and provided Thanksgiving meals to over 400 local families, a total of 22,000 pounds of food. We really had a successful Turkey Drive and we want to thank all of the fantastic volunteers who worked incredibly hard getting, moving, organizing, and giving out the food (and cleaning up)!!!   It was such an impressive day and we hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving.

Season’s Greetings from the MFNH Family to Yours!

i Oct 30th No Comments by

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Cambridge Event Forecast!

i Jul 17th No Comments by

Wow everyone, there is a LOT to do in the next few days! Check out some of these exciting events taking place in Cambridge:



from 5:30 – 8:30 at University Park and Sidney Street

Eat, drink, and be merry! Tickets to this event support the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House as well as our friends from Cambridge Camping, Food for Free, Transition House, Paine Senior Services, and the Institute for Health and Recovery.

ToC location


salsa in the park

Brought to you by Meta Movements, Cambridge in Motion, and the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs!



Are you a man looking to do something healthy and fun this weekend? Join the Men’s Health League for a trip down the Minuteman Bike Trail!


Polish your resume and practice your interview skills and come on down to the first annual open-air job fair in Harvard Square! (Try saying that three times fast!) Remember to bring plenty of resumes!  Drop off your resume at the Harvard Square Business Association table and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to a Harvard Square eatery.

Brought to you by the Harvard Square Business Association.

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We hope everyone has a safe and happy next few days!

The New Playground Is Here!

i Oct 18th No Comments by

About 200 volunteers gathered in our backyard last Saturday to build a playground for the kids of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and the entire Area IV community. It was a tremendous day.

For seven straight hours, adults from far and wide worked outside, hammering, hauling and pouring concrete.

Indoors, the kids painted panels that spelled out the letters of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.

So many people worked for months to make it happen, and they all deserve our thanks. But our kids would still be playing on a tired pair of monkey bars and a couple of raggedy slides if not for the generous support of Boston Properties, Gillette, and- of course- the national non-profit KaBOOM!

Thanks to you, and hundreds of volunteers, we now have what one of our kids described as “a miracle.”

For more pictures, check out our Facebook page.

Spring 2012 Newsletter

i May 14th No Comments by

Our Spring Newsletter is here!


Click here for the full Spring Newsletter.

Mindfulness Training

i Feb 6th No Comments by

Today (Monday, 2/6) we’re beginning free Mindfulness Trainings at the house!

Click here for more information.