The Task Force to End Homelessness has developed this web page to help local churches:
* learn about similar ministries other churches are doing
* find out which churches near you are doing a ministry you might like to start
* learn if there are missing ministries in your local area
* collaborate with other churches.
To do this, we have emailed surveys to each church focused on what your congregation is doing about people who do not have homes, are living in poverty, or don't have steady food resources. If your church has not already completed a survey you may do so below. Only one person from each congregation should fill out the survey.
f you have questions about this survey, you may contact the Homelessness Task Team via Karen Methot at email@example.com
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Only ONE survey submission per church, please!
Responses and resources from churches in the Massachusetts Conference, UCC
Below are summaries about hunger and homelessness initiatives from responding churches, by region. If you would like more information on a church's ministry or would like to connect with them, please use the contact information provided.
Old South Church in Boston ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Many in our church work with City Mission Society, Sundays Bread, Casa Myrna, Pine Street In, Rosies, Place, Poor People's United Fund, Allston Brighton Food Pantry, Common Cathedral, and other organizations.
UCC Burlington ~ email@example.com
- Our church works primarily with Burlington Youth and Family Services, and partners with lots of local businesses to sponsor a town-wide non-profit assistance program. How do we move from charity to justice/advocacy?
West Concord Union Church ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We have an active justice ministry including recycling, prison outreach, environmental issues, healing garden and working with developmentally delayed adults. We do not have a homelessness ministry but have just added it to our Justice and Advocacy concerns.
Pilgrim Church Dorchester ~ email@example.com
- Sharing God's House with those in need of help, hope and home. Provide free community lunch every Saturday. Volunteers needed.
The Dover Church ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are a founding member of the Family Promise MetroWest network, and host 3 to 4 times each year, partnering with other churches in town. We participate in Family Promise's fundraising efforts by walking in their annual Walk Away Homelessness walk-a-thon. In addition, our Senior High Youth Group participated last fall in Common Cathedral's CityReach program, which is very powerful. We hope to continue this going forward.
East Congregational Church, UCC, Milton ~ email@example.com
Newton Highlands Congregational Church ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are a support church for Family Promise Metrowest. We also support City Mission Society, Church World Service (with funding and kits), and the Heifer Project. Our congregants have cooked meals and delivered them to shelters, and are now cooking at Rosie's and serving as well as paying for the meals. We conduct regular "bread runs". Can use more help!
Second Church of Newton ~ email@example.com
- The church gives out grocery cards as needed, and cooks for a downtown shelter twice a month. We also collect groceries for the Newton food pantry weekly.
First Congregational Church of Stoneham ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We provide a free meal every Tuesday evening at 5:45 pm, open to the public and anyone who is hungry or would just like to join in conversation and community. Our food pantry is open to Stoneham residents once a month by appointment.
Wellesley Village Church ~ email@example.com
- We work with Family Promise. Our members prepare and serve a dinner one Sunday each month at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for homeless and low-income women and children in Boston. We provide direct service with food pantry and meal program.
First Congregational Church of Winchester ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our church is involved with Outdoor Church in Cambridge (visit several times a year), Lowell Transitional Living Center (meal once a year); food collections for Woburn Council of Social Concern; funds for Mass Coalition for the Homeless; and school supply drives.
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
- We run a 17-bed transitional shelter focused on moving guests into housing. We support the Outdoor Church of Cambridge by making sandwiches once a month. We have a street outreach minister on staff and run a weekly Friday Cafe where housed and unhoused gather in community. Monthly, several members make sandwiches and bring them to folks on the street. Direct ministry is powerful for participants! Volunteers and food are always needed, particularly in cold weather. Visit firstchurchcambridge.org for links to the First Church Shelter and the Friday Cafe.
Brighton Allston Congregastional Church ~ email@example.com
Main Street Congregational Church, Amesbury ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our church supports those in need from our congregation with a meal program when they are sick or in trouble. We support 5 different shelters/weekly meal programs/pantry on our property or within the surrounding communities. We spent five years building homes in Haiti. Other churches should know that any support or attendance to help facilitate a program does not have to be a weekly committment.
West Parish of Andover ~ email@example.com
- Our church supports local agencies through its outreach budget and larger benevolence fund, and has become a valuable resource for four different agencies in the Merrimack Valley. We have a number of church members who serve on local boards.
First Church Danvers ~ RevJennMacy@gmail.com
- At First Church, we are a small but committed group of people who volunteer at the ground level tutoring adults in English and literacy and providing homework help for children in partnership with Wellspring House Inc.
Grove Congregational Church ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- GCC ministries include: the Thrift Shop, selling donated items and clothing to the public. Monies raised fund all the donations made by our missions committee. Weekly Panera Bread pick up and distribution to local food pantries and elderly. The volunteers who run the thrift shop are aging and we need younger people to continue this important work. We are also lacking a youth education coordinator to help involve teens and middle schoolers in missions work. Second Saturday lunch is open to the public. Please Contact Jen Petersen, church secretary.
Iglesia Hispana de la Communidad, Lowell ~ email@example.com
- We volunteer with Under the Oak and Living Waters in Lowell.
Nahant Village Church ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nahant Village is a small membership church guided by Jesus' words: "As you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers and sister, you have done it to me." We have been involved with My Brother's Table in Lynn for many years, serving and supplying food. This has been a rewarding effort to both serve and to learn. We are also involved with Mass Coalition for the Homeless and the Salvation Army Food Pantry.
Tewksbury Congregational ~ email@example.com
- We purchase and distribute Market Basket food gift cards, work with the Tewksbury Food Pantry, House of Hope, Alternative House, Lowell Transitional Living Center and the Place of Promise.
Second Congregational Church of Attleboro ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our primary local outreach programs are a monthly food pantry and a monthly family cafe supper for families with children. A significant amont of our funding goes to groups like the Council of Churches and other agencies that can provide rent and heat assistance
Central UCC, Attleboro Falls ~ email@example.com
- We support financially the Attleboro Area Council of Churches 508-222-2933 of which we are a charter member. They have worked a great collaboration of homeless services in this area. The AACC runs a program called Homes with Heart which provides services and shelter for 26 chronically homeless individuals. There is one family shelter in Attleboro. The Council also arranged a "Warming Station" in one of the Attleboro churches.
Dennis Union Church ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We provide meals on the first Sunday of the month, Days of Hospitality. We work with the Housing Assistance Corp. We are looking to do more...ideas? Joint ventures?
First Congregational Church, Fairhaven ~ email@example.com
- Our church financially supports a meal program, outdoor ministry and Habitat for Humanity. Along with making donations to these causes, we also volunteer to serve meals at Mercy Meals and More, Market Ministries, and hold drives for Mobile Fishes and Loaves, Homes with a Heart, Gifts and Gifts to Give.
North Congregational Church, Fall River ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are involved through education and study, advocacy and action with a food pantry, meal program, housing and homelessness prevention.
Mashpee UCC ~ email@example.com
- Provide direct service with a meal program, and funding for a local food pantry and Habitat for Humanity.
Trinitarian Congregational Church, Norton ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
We work with the Attleboro Area Council of Churches, North Cottage Sober House, New Hope for battered women and their children. We have a sober house adjacent to our church. Some congregants give support to Matthew 25.
Church of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth ~ email@example.com
- Monday Meals provides a free coffee hour and hearty lunch to anyone who needs food and pleasant, warm companionship. The Overnights of Hospitality provides shelter for homeless men of Plymouth during winter months along with other houses of worship. Our church also helps fund and support the local coalition for the homeless, and works with the Plymouth Task Force for the Homeless. Needed: a permanent shelter in Plymouth with showers.
Second Church of Plymouth ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We provide funding and resources for a food pantry and soup kitchen. We could use financial support.
First Congregational Church of Sharon ~ email@example.com
- We are a small congregation. Our congregants support a food pantry and soup kitchen. We work with the town social worker.
First Congregational Church of Wareham ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- The First Congregational Church in Wareham provides a hot breakfast for those in need every Wednesday morning from 7-8:30 a.m., as well as sending breakfast sandwiches to the local senior center. We collect non-perishable food which is donated to Damien's Pantry food bank, and members volunteer at Sharing the Harvest Farm in Westport which grows vegetables to donate to food pantries in Southeastern Massachusetts. We also participate with other churches in the Wareham Area Clergy Assoc. in the "Nights of Hospitality" program which provides shelter and meals to the homeless during the winter months. They would like the opportunity to collaborate more with other churches in existing or new programs, and can use help with connections and publicity.
Promise Church, Weymouth ~ ourpromisechurch.org
- Promise Church provides help to South Shore Friends of the Homeless Christmas program and helps with their everyday needs. We could use help with communication and transportation.
United Congregational Church of Boxborough ~ email@example.com
- Many in our church are involved in an outdoor ministry. Our church provides funding and direct service for a food pantry and meal program.
Union Congregational Church, Groton ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Provide funding/resources and direct service for a food pantry, meal program and outdoor church, and financially support a shelter and temporary housing program.
First Congregational Church of Holliston ~ email@example.com
- First Congregational collaborates with Christ the King Lutheran Church as part of the MetroWest Family Promise Network; with the Salvation Army to provide one evening meal per month; with food pantries that serve the towns in the local area; and with Project Just Because to provide holiday gifts to their clients. Our church has a strong outreach program but is always looking for new ways to serve those in need, not only in the local area, but as part of the church's wider mission. Volunteers to assist with programs are always welcome!
First Congregational Church, Leicester ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- First Congregational works with Worcester Fellowship, Abby's House and Jeremiah's Inn. We provide funding/resources for a food pantry, meal program and a shelter. We also sell Hope for Housing supermarket cards.
South Action Congregational Church ~ email@example.com
- Our church supports A Friend in Need: a program of the church that provides immediate local financial assistance.
Trinity Church Northborough ~ firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
- Trinity provides office space for Friends of Families in Transition, and two of our members sit on the FIT Board. Many are active volunteers. We strongly support Worcester Fellowship financially and as regular lunch providers and participate in ReachOut Worcester, a program run jointly by Worcester Fellowship and the Worcester Area Mission Society. We also regularly head off to summer work camp, often with Cluster 13 Ministries in Camden NY or with Habitat for Humanity. This year, Trinity is focusing on more local service and is working with Matthew 25 in Worcester.
First Congregational Church, UCC, Princeton ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- First Congregational provides funding and direct service with the Worcester Area Mission Society, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Worcester Fellowship.
First Congregational West Brookfield ~ email@example.com
- We strongly recommend involvement with the Dismas House/Family Farm programs - meals there are a gift to all involved, all around the table. Looking for a new way of connecting to Interfaith Hospitality Network. Our Sharing Cupboard Food Pantry is in its 11th year with fantastic leadership and good offerings; our director is happy to speak with others interested in starting a food pantry. We also work with Worcester Area Food Bank to serve other communities, and Worcester Area Mission Society.
Hadwen Park Congregational Worcester ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hadwen Park helps to provide housing, food and other needs for 15 LGBT asylum seekers at any time who are dependent on the LGBT Asylum Task Team and the church. Our church collaborates with Worcester Fellowship, serving lunches and has hosted advent faira together with Fellowship congregants. We operate our own small food pantry, open to the community. Our youth and adults participate in ReachOut Worcester, a program that both teaches about homelessness and helps to serve the population. Donations are always needed and welcome to help feed and house LGBT asylum seekers until they are allowed to work.
United Congregational Church, Worcester ~ email@example.com
- United Congregational Church’s mission ministry for the homeless combines education, direct service and financial assistance for local initiatives. We support a food pantry, Worcester Fellowship, IHN, CMHA, Community Healthlink’s HOAP program and WAMS in their efforts to advocate and end homelessness in the city of Worcester. We are always interested in partnering with other churches both within the denomination and with churches of other faiths in mission initiatives to help the homeless. We are also interested in being part of advocacy efforts. Connections to further these efforts is always helpful.
Worcester Fellowship ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Worcester Fellowship is an outdoor church reaching people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness. Join us for lunch, worship, Bible study and a variety of weekday ministries. Staff will visit other churches to help people learn about homelessness. Lunch and other volunteers are always needed! Fellowship congregants work with HOAP, about 30 suburban Worcester churches, Everyday Miracles, Straight Up Ministries and Worcester Area Mission Society.
Agawam Congregational Church ~ email@example.com
- Our church actively works with families to ensure that they are meeting their immediate needs and beginning to plan for their future. This includes job search support, as well as parenting and life skills coaching. Agawam Housing Authority has been an invaluable resource, as has the Agawam Family and Community Program. We also support a food pantry.
Christ's Community Church, Chicopee ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our congregation is involved with getting a home for a mother recently released from president. We also provide funding for a food pantry, meal service and temporary housing, and provide transportation services. We could use housing for three families.
First Congregational Church of East Longmeadow ~email@example.com
- We provide advocacy for Kensington Elementary School in Springfield: 10-12 tutors and readers weekly to help children, a weekly food pantry at the school, and assistance with other needs as possible (backpacks, winter clothes, etc). We participate once a month cooking and serving with Loaves and Fishes, a long-standing meal program for the homeless in Springfield.
Easthampton Congregational Church ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We operate a food cupboard, soup kitchen, and participate in the Cathedral in the Night outdoor meal and worship service. Interested in our food pantry? Call the church at 423-527-4790.
Lee Congregational ~ email@example.com
- We are involved with Cathedral in the Night, Pittsfield, and Lee Food Pantry. We have provided a weekly community meal for 20 years. Help provide funding for county-wide public transportation.
First Churches of Northampton ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our church works with Eliot Community Human Services to host a homeless resource group. We work closely with the cot shelters and Hampshire Friends of the Homeless, and host weekly worship and a meal at 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Richmond Congregational Church ~ email@example.com
First Congregational Church, Sheffield ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sheffield UCC provides a community-wide food pantry with ecumenical and general community support. Creative ideas for education on cooking and use of fresh produce would be appreciated! We provide ongoing support of local housing non-profit Construct, Inc.; members give both financial and time support.
Foster Memorial, Springfield ~ email@example.com
- Our church provides lunch for volunteers working on Habitat for Humanity houses in our local community; most in the congregation are involved in some way. We also provide funding for a food pantry and meal program.
South Congregational Church, Springfield ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
First Congregational United Church of Christ West Springfield ~ email@example.com
- Our church has a long history and strong commitment to justice, peace, and caring for those in need. We partner with the West Springfield Parish Association and Ecumenical Outreach Team, the West Springfield Parish Cupboard Food Pantry, and the Outreach Team of the West Springfield Public Schools.
First Congregational Church of Amherst ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
- We have volunteers at the Cot Shelter in Northampton. We serve three meals a week through the Not Bread Alone program. We also volunteer at Cathedral in the Night in Northampton. Some in our church are involved with Habitat for Humanity.