Bernadette Hampton-Jones

Allston/Brighton NSC

“I’ve been blessed to gain all of this experience and knowledge over the years that I almost feel compelled to offer myself up in this way to folks that are still facing these ongoing challenges in their lives. I enjoy seeing the progress people can make once they are able to overcome or at least have a better way to deal with what they are facing.”

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Special honoree and community hero portraits by

Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

Focused on work with children, youth, families and communities, Bernadette Hampton-Jones is currently a Program Manager at New England Community Services (NECS) where she oversees the programmatic operations and supervision of staff providing family stabilization and mentoring services for children and families involved with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). 

Before her work with NECS she was a pillar in Allston-Brighton for many years. Bernadette was the Executive Director of the Presentation School Foundation (PSF) Community Center in Brighton from 2014-2019. During her time at PSF, Bernadette was able to impact change and growth within the community center as well as the overall Allston-Brighton community.  She was instrumental in the development of the Oak Square Farmers Market. Now in its fourth season, the market has created a resource for those families and individuals to access fresh produce and tap into resources in the community while engaging with their neighbors and building and strengthening relationships.  

Bernadette’s work at PSF made the center an integral part of the Brighton community and although she has transitioned from that role to return to her work with children, youth, and families, she has left a lasting impression on so many with whom she has touched. 

When asked about how her work has impacted her, Bernadette said it has made her more compassionate, empathetic and insightful and has opened her eyes to the continued good work that needs to be done in the city.