Boston's Higher Ground

We are a community-based, backbone organization that leverages resources to maximize the impact of community programs and services in Boston. We support the collective capacity-building of collaborative organizations and work with others to address and solve problems in our community.  We focus on what we call a "trilogy of disparity" in Roxbury, Dorchester, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more about Higher Ground's focus areas of education, health, and housing below.



We are relentless in the pursuit of our mission and focus on thriving neighborhoods served by excellent schools. Our main areas of focus include:


Higher Ground’s overarching focus is to improve educational outcomes in our community. Since its founding in 2010, Higher Ground has focused on addressing the needs of children and families in its target area in sections of the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods in the heart of Boston. 


We have committed to work together to improve the health and well-being of nearly 1,200 children and their families who attend four Boston schools as well as the children and their families throughout the surrounding neighborhood.


We leverage capacities of schools, housing, health and other service providers to house homeless families with children in Boston schools, reduce family homelessness, improve educational outcomes for the children, and support families to achieve their self-defined social and economic goals.

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More than 60 educators from 4 schools were joined by friends and supporters at Higher Ground's First Annual Educator Appreciation Celebration on Thompson Island, Friday, September 27, 2019. BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius was in attendance.


"The work Higher Ground is doing supporting local schools within a target area is a good model for the city and BPS to consider implementing throughout the city of Boston."

Michael Contompasis

Former BPS Superintendent

Principal Karla Jenkins from the Henry L. Higginson School provides testimony at an Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) meeting on Thursday, May 27, 2021.


Contact Higher Ground

384 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119, USA

(617) 652-8014

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