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Adrian Walker

Jamaica Plain fight has Home in bind

Joan Wallace-Benjamin is not a person who goes looking for controversy. Yet here she is mired in one, and it shows no sign of quick resolution.

Wallace-Benjamin is head of the Home for Little Wanderers. Its Dickensian name reflects its status as perhaps America’s oldest social service agency. The Home serves 7,000 families a year, all of them with children struggling with behavioral or developmental issues. Since 1914, a lot of this service was provided from a bucolic setting in Jamaica Plain overlooking the Jamaicaway.

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