CSR's founders were a dedicated group of activists who saw the need for community-based services for residents of Roxbury and its adjoining neighborhoods. Today, the agency services a diverse mix of families and individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. CSR is the largest minority-administered agency in Greater Boston, with deep roots in the neighborhoods of Boston and an increasing capacity to serve communities statewide.
For more than 44 years, CSR has provided services to children in the care or custody of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to their families. CSR began with the understanding that too many families and children of every race, ethnic and linguistic background found themselves trapped in systems which they did not trust, and therefore could not use effectively to meet their needs. CSR's approach was to place the family at the center of the system—concentrating on building a network of professional and community supports that could nurture trusting relationships, communicate respect, and teach the skills of empowerment. In the early 1990's CSR added services for youth, and emergency and transitional housing services for homeless families and adults.