2018-2019 Site Placements
The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Milton Massachusetts is a vibrant and diverse family-sized congregation. Milton is a predominately white, middle-class town with significant African American, Haitian, and Asian populations. The parish is racially, economically and socially diverse. Church of our Saviour strongly values shared leadership. Sunday morning worship service is highly participatory with people from all ages engaging in the service. The congregation is in the process of learning how it can become more active and involved in social change within the Milton/Quincy/Boston area.
The Life Together Intern assists the Rector and congregational leadership in three primary areas:1) assisting the congregation in community organizing and relationship building in the Milton/Quincy area, 2) assisting the further development of youth programs and 3) assisting the Rector in further developing visibility and communication, especially an online presence. The Intern has an opportunity to learn what ministry in a small parish is like. The Intern participates in a variety of ways during Sunday and Wednesday worship as a lay Eucharistic minister, preaching, reading, and planning liturgies. Some evening and weekend meetings may be required.
The mission of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center reads "A healthy community supports the health of each and every member. This is what we do and who we are." We are committed to innovative, inclusive ways to support patients regardless of language, immigration status, income, culture, age, gender identity and sexual orientation. We serve a diverse, low-income, medically underserved community with one of the largest Latino populations in Massachusetts. EBNHC is committed to working towards social change through direct service and organizing work. The Community Resource Center helps patients navigate housing insecurity, apply for disability benefits, and connect to food resources, child care, clothing, utility discounts and legal/immigration services.
The Care Navigator Fellow works in our Community Resource Center, connecting individuals and families to concrete services and resources within the community that they have been unable to access on their own. The Fellow predominantly works with immigrants, low-income individuals, and patients with complex medical needs, linking them to needed medical, social service and legal services.Whether it is explaining tenant rights to a family facing eviction, reviewing all available food access programs to an elderly patient experiencing food insecurity, or connecting a recent immigrant with local agencies that can provide free immigration consults, the Fellow provides compassionate, direct services our patients. The Fellow assists with completing applications for public housing, disability, utility and fuel assistance, as well as connecting families with childcare, playgroups, parenting classes, school enrollment, afterschool programs, and summer camps.Additionally, the Fellow takes a lead role in coordinating other community serving agencies services for EBNHC patients onsite and will oversee their operations. These include programs such as: Cradles to Crayons (distributing gently used clothing to children), management of a Fair Food program at the health center (packaging and distributing $2 bag rescued food), and a Red Cross Mobile Food Pantry (distributing food to over 200 patients monthly). The Fellow actively seeks innovative ways to help patients’ access basic needs and look to bring new resources to EBNHC. Strong Spanish language skills are required for this position.
Episcopal City Mission is a faith-rooted organization that seeks to mobilize Episcopal parishes, individuals and resources in partnership with other community organizations for social and structural change. We seek to do this through support for community organizing, mission-related investments in affordable housing, community economic development, and public policy advocacy. ECM has understood from its foundation that its mission is to work with and for those that are left at the margins of society. In the early 1800’s pious Episcopalians sought to reach out to those who were called “street people”, teaching Sunday School to poor children, working with troubled youth, single mothers, sailors, and others that did not feel, and may very well have not been, welcomed into the affluent environment and culture of the Episcopal church. More recently, the mission of ECM has taken the form of a commitment to address the root causes of poverty and oppression by working for structural transformation of society, particularly around racial and economic justice.
The Engagement Fellow will have the opportunity to work with ECM staff to identify parishes with active social justice and community development programs that may be interested in going deeper with their work, and then will facilitate opportunities and network development events to build relationships. The fellow will also have the opportunity to engage in grant review and evaluation; support committees focused on theology, rapid response, and engagement; and work with staff to implement a dynamic communications strategy for the organization.
The Family Van is a mobile health clinic that works to improve health equity using their “Knowledgeable Neighbor” model of care. The “Knowledgeable Neighbor” model of care is a community-based approach that increases access to quality, affordable healthcare; promotes healthy behaviors; expands screening and early detection efforts; and facilitates strategies for appropriate management of existing chronic diseases. The neighborhoods served by the Family Van, including Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury, continue to have the highest rates of preventable diseases and chronic health conditions in Boston. The Family Van operates in a non-hierarchical environment and focuses on leveraging and building their team members’ strengths to achieve their shared goals. Trained staff members on the Family Van live in the communities that they serve and always strive to cultivate a friendly, nonjudgmental, and comfortable atmosphere that invites local residents to seek care.
The Outreach & Communications Coordinator works to raise awareness about our programs and services with external partners and in target communities. They work with our team and volunteers to do community outreach, both in the community and via social media; deliver workshops with staff; and collaborate with other organizations. The fellow executes communications strategies and projects, including creating content for programs for social media presence and overseeing our Twitter feed. They are trained to provide culturally appropriate health education, information, and outreach in community-based settings, assist community members with access to community resources, engage target populations in wellness activities as well as chronic disease self-management and provide outreach to potential and existing clients in the community and at events. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Outreach & Communications Coordinator will collaborate with a wide range of partners and manage volunteers to support the development of programmatic strategies.
I Have a Future, a movement launched out of the Dorchester Bay Youth Force program, is a statewide community of youth organizers and allies building power to win youth jobs and end youth criminalization through transformative leadership development, direct public action, and policy change. We have two campaigns: the campaign to win state funding for youth employment and the campaign to fight the system of youth criminalization. Engaging low income youth of color is at the core of what we do, as they are our primary base. Most of these young people come from primarily POC neighborhoods such as Dorchester and Roxbury. We are committed and attuned to any power dynamics that are supported or created by the structures of our organization. This means a commitment to transparency around decision making. It means having representation of young people on our core organizing team and empowering them with youth led campaigns. It also means a commitment to reflection and feedback. We believe our organization is most effective when all its members are given opportunities to be seen, to be heard and to be an active part of decision making.
The Youth Organizer is an integral part of our staff team, and we are committed to growing and shaping their leadership so that they can add to our organizational capacity in a meaningful way. The role includes the opportunity to train youth leaders to train their peers in the essentials of organizing through our training program, the Youth Leadership Institute; work with one of our community organizers to support their campaigns directly; and support our grassroots fundraising efforts. Experience working with teenagers is preferred. Spanish or Cape Verdean Creole language skills are helpful but not required.
Life Together, a strategic initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, seeks to cultivate the next generation of prayerful and prophetic leaders for the church and the world. We work with young adults aged 21-32 to develop the skills, community support, and spiritual depth and clarity to move toward the sources of their deepest love and deepest heartbreak – through contemplative prayer and prayerful action. We envision the church as a “School of Love,” where people learn to turn away from the “Empire Way” and toward the “Jesus Way.” Life Together is an innovation upon the Micah Project, founded in 1999 by a team of ministers from the Diocese who wanted to see young people more active in the church and justice work, and the Relational Evangelism Project (REP) of 2008-2011. A merger between REP and the Micah Project in 2010 led to a newly visioned program, the Life Together Community.
The Life Together Operations Associate position is currently an Emmaus Fellow role. The Operations Associate is a key member of the Life Together staff team, working for Life Together to expand the operations of the program in the key areas of recruitment, fund development, special events, and communications. In addition to expected Emmaus Fellowship components, the Operations Associate carries out specific projects including supporting LT’s recruitment and interview process for prospective fellows, supporting the Future Fellow Fundraising campaign, designing and carrying out LT’s social media strategy, designing and editing the monthly LT newsletter, and supporting the networking of alumni.
Rooted in the heart of the Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Boston, MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is a ministry of and with the homeless community. Through MANNA we seek not only to welcome men and women across differences of class, wealth, culture, race, and mental ability, but also to empower all people to claim their place as essential members of our community. We all have gifts to give and to receive. We need each other, and this is why we gather each week to serve, to pray, and to create together.
The bulk of the Life Together fellow’s role is the simple (though not always easy) work of making themselves present and available to others as we work, pray and serve together both within the community and in the city at large. Depending on the day, this includes taking a leadership role in the Cathedral’s Sunday Morning homeless gatherings such as the Coffee Klatsch, and general worship; in various ways through our all day Monday programming (including the Monday Eucharist where our fellow will be called on regularly to preach), our writers’ group, and meditation on Tuesdays. This work of being with, of giving and receiving, listening, laughing --and sometimes, terribly, crying – with, has always been, and remains the first and most important work. We also hope, however, for someone who is willing and able to work with folks who have no experience of homelessness themselves, but who seek to join with the men and women of MANNA in order to effect change in our city for all people. As with all members of our staff, some administrative work will also be required.
Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn) is a community, vibrant in Christian faith, that invites all people to discover their identity in Christ as well as to develop their gifts of love and service. We are a mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with support from the New England Synod of the ELCA, Lutheran and Episcopal congregations, and Episcopal City Mission. At this point our programming includes a simple Sunday Eucharist, a Tuesday prayer service during the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, and spiritual support to members and leaders of our partner organizations including the soup kitchen, CityLife/VidaUrbana, MassCOSH, and Casita El Salvador. As we have a strong partnership with the more established congregation of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, we are free to be creative as we learn how God is calling us to be the Church in this place. Our priority is to create spaces where people can have an encounter with Jesus. This certainly happens in the worship setting, but we see at least as much transformation through our community work. People who choose to pray with us are invited into deeper relationship through our discipleship ministries. Our model is informed by liberation theology and takes the Latin American experience seriously. We are still in the early phases of the long process of raising up leaders, but we are encouraged by the excitement that currently energizes our ministry.
Responsibilities include coordinating donations for the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen and managing communications between volunteers and potential donors. The fellow is also present at the soup kitchen in order to help us continue deepening our relationships with the community of guests and volunteers. A more ministry-oriented fellow is invited to coordinate the family and/or children’s activities that are part of our community events. The fellow also has the opportunity, if desired, to preach, plan, and lead worship, plan and lead Bible studies, and provide pastoral care. We hope our fellow will observe or participate in our discernment process around the future of our building as these are important skills for any organizational or ministry leader. Fellows not actively discerning a call to ministry are invited take an active role in the community center side of our ministry, including responsibility for coordinating the schedule of the building and providing policies and procedures to organizations that are new to our building. The fellow works on building community between the groups who use the space by facilitating monthly check-ins with the organizational leaders and planning quarterly events to which members of the various groups are encouraged to share food and build community.
ProGente Connections was founded in 2014 as the MetroWest Mission Hub of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. It was the product of a unique five-year-old cross-cultural and ecumenical partnership between a joint Episcopal-Lutheran parish, a Brazilian Presbyterian Church (PCA), and several other entities. It seeks to open doors of opportunity to the area’s large linguistically, culturally, and economically isolated Brazilian community. The work is urgent, since inter-ethnic tension in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts has merited investigation by the Justice Department, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Anti-Defamation League. It has become more urgent in the last year. Português Plus is our flagship program with two sites in Framingham and Marlborough, Massachusetts. We educate 55 Brazilian-heritage students in Portuguese and Brazilian culture. Adult Portuguese is offered to our board and interested community members. In Spring 2017, we established an English as a Second Language (ESOL) program.
The Life Together fellow is integrated into the duties of our Program Director (supporting our direct service) in any of the areas of our programming in which they have expertise or interest. The fellow also has opportunities to co-lead an organizing team with the Program Director, to address an issue identified by the community gathered, in any one of our areas of programmatic emphasis. We have a variety of projects, and the fellow has opportunities to discern which would be to their interest and feasible. The fellow has the opportunity to learn to build community energy for joint effort in a non-partisan fashion in a highly complex environment. Because of the wide variety of people, backgrounds and political positions of our coalition members, liberal sentiments cannot be assumed, and conservative sentiments cannot be disparaged.
Safe Havens is a multi-religious nonprofit that provides training, resources, and technical assistance to diverse faith leaders and faith communities to strengthen safe and effective responses to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and elder abuse. Safe Havens also provides services to domestic and sexual violence and elder abuse service providers who are responding to the needs of clients who are faithful. Safe Havens has United Methodist roots and is currently interfaith and multi-religious. Most of the faith communities we work with are Christian, Jewish or Muslim, and we serve all faiths and denominations. Safe Havens works locally in the Greater Boston and New England areas as well as nationally. Safe Havens in strongly collaborative, always looking for ways to learn and to “do it better.” We encourage staff, fellows, and interns to take care of themselves and to remember that the work is “a marathon, not a sprint.”
The Life Together fellow will build capacity and strength effectiveness at Safe Havens through five specific project areas: 1) communications, 2) development and fundraising, 3) systems capacity building, 4) programming and volunteer management, and 5) event planning and other project areas as needed. The LT fellow will maintain and expand current communication systems and build outreach to additional target audiences; assist with annual development goals and update and maintain donor database; strengthen Safe Havens’ capacity to expand its effective use of systems/software; support outreach and volunteer engagement strategy that identifies, engages and sustains key volunteer constituencies for the Safe with Faith program; and support Safe Havens’ Impact Award event, trainings, and support the agency in additional ways as needed.
St. James’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts launched its Helping Hand Food Pantry as a congregational all-volunteer ministry in the early 1980’s in the parish hall. Between 1980 and 2010, the ministry grew until it had a congregational oversight Board, a paid part-time Director and a budget for food from the Greater Boston Food Bank to distribute three days a week to up to 100 families. It is the only food pantry in North Cambridge. Our clients – we call them guests – come primarily from the housing projects immediately surrounding the Pantry, though some come from farther away. They are largely immigrants, many speaking Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Creole as their first language. A proportion of them are elderly or disabled and many are families – some of them single-parent families – with children. Some struggle with mental illness or a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness. Because we have operated in direct-service mode, the only members of our guest community who work in our organization are a handful of volunteers who become dedicated to the welfare of our guests and valued members of our team, and who, in some cases, have gone on to remunerative employment partly on the strength of skills they learned working at Helping Hand Food Pantry.
The Life Together fellow is helping the Episcopal congregation of St. James’s Cambridge review its approach to the problem of food insecurity, to decide whether to resume its three-day-a-week, direct-service food pantry when it moves into its new Parish House, or to identify a different approach that would be a more productive and effective use of our resources, more inviting to community partners outside the congregation, and more empowering to those who experience food insecurity. The fellow is also gathering, forming and training a team of St. James’s members to identify the approach, set the goals for, and lead our next chapter of food ministry in the new parish house. The fellow also participates in the worship and fellowship life of the congregation and, with the supervising Rector, does regular weekly practical and spiritual reflection.
Throughout its more than 100 years of existence St. Mary’s has been a neighborhood church where most of its members live in the neighborhood. St. Mary’s is a community centered very much around food. We have Eucharist services twice a week and after each service we gather for a full meal and important time of fellowship. We also operate a food pantry out of our parish hall, and as many of our members put it, St. Mary’s is a place where you’ll never leave hungry. Our purpose is to engage in our faith in ways that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual hunger that exists in our neighborhood. Our current membership is largely Afro-Caribbean, and we celebrate a “family” approach to worship, ministry and life together. We are a community that celebrates its youth, engaging them in the steel band, youth programs, Church School, youth group and throughout our worship and service life. Situated in the heart of Upham’s Corner, we are in the midst of Dorchester’s most significant urban center with many local businesses, community organizations, schools and the Strand Theatre all two blocks away. It remains a residential neighborhood as well, with long-time and new homeowners sharing the neighborhood with renters and people in subsidized housing.
The St. Mary’s fellow supports our Food Pantry Ministry, deepens our connection with local youth, strengthens our outreach efforts, builds bridges throughout the community, and guides community discernment around community development and justice work. The fellow joins our worship community and helps us identify, raise up and form new leaders. There is also ample opportunity to take part in and assume leadership in our worship life as this fits the fellow’s skills and interests. This position is a great fit for any fellow interested in parish life and excited about supporting mission, outreach and justice work. A fellow excited about creating connections, community development, and promoting collaboration in an extremely diverse environment would also be a great fit at St. Mary’s.
St. Stephen’s diverse, multi-generational Christian community centers our life and ministry around a lively and life-giving weekly worship liturgy and Eucharist. Our youth programs and community organizing campaigns make the church a vital and vibrant community resource for people seeking to live out their faith in service and for justice. Our Episcopal congregation was founded in 1846 and has, since then, been a mission church dedicated to the support and accompaniment of new immigrants, young people, and those who live on the margins due to institutionalized racism and systemic poverty. Since 1999, under the leadership of the Rev. Tim Crellin, St. Stephen’s has become a space that is open seven days a week to provide neighborhood young people and families with a safe and loving place to go to celebrate and seek support. Today, our community includes 900 young people and their families in our B-READY and B-SAFE programs and 250 families in our Sunday morning worshipping community (about 100 attend weekly).
St. Stephen’s embraces the original definition of parish, meaning that we see ourselves as the church and center of community life for the ten-block radius around our building in the South End of Boston. The young people and families who participate in the weekday programs mostly have roots in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic; they live in public housing, attend public school, and often have the stresses that come from being surrounded by community violence.
The Christian Education Coordinator grows and develops our church school program, increasing participation, improving lessons, and creating additional links between Sundays and the work of the afterschool program Monday –Friday. This includes supporting community building and relationships with children and families through monthly Tuesday community dinners, monthly Family Adventures, occasional Family Services and Children’s Chapel services, and Sunday School special events. The Coordinator also serves as a Specialist during the B-READY Afterschool programs, and teaches particular skills to the children of our afterschool program.