BOSTON (May. 28)
The Jewish Big Brothers Association of Boston is marking its 50th anniversary with an expansion of its services for the first time to the black community with referrals for black children being received and assignments to help them underway. Another innovation, according to president Arthur I. Zich, is an experimental Little Sister program in which coeds from local colleges serve as companions to girls in homes where there is a Big Brother-Little Brother relationship in effect.
The JBBA, a constituent of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, has provided service during the past year to an average of 120 boys each month and has 135 volunteer Big Brothers, either as active participants or in the process of evaluation for assignments. Its principal function continues to be providing volunteer Big Brothers for fatherless boys. It also has a court service as an adjunct to its main function. The program includes not only counseling services to the fatherless boys and his mother but also discussion groups for mothers, as well as psychological testing and psychiatric consultation where the need is indicated. The agency also provides financial help for the Little Brothers seeking to advance their education.