August 1, 2011  |  In the News

The Barr Foundation Interviews FII–Boston’s Jesús Gerena

In the fall of 2009, FII came to Boston – with support from Barr and other local funders attracted by its potential for the City. Jesus Gerena, formerly of the Hyde Square Task Force, was tapped to lead the effort. In June 2010, FII Boston launched with 35 families. Within six months, those families saw an average increase in household income of 13% and a 29% increase in savings – and they were making progress on a host of other self-defined goals. In June, Melinda Marble, Barr’s Deputy Director, and Stefan Lanfer, Knowledge Officer, sat down to talk with Jesus about what drew him to FII, how it works, and how it is unfolding in Boston.

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