The Outreach Committee provides funding to a well-rounded slate of non-profit organizations addressing the needs of the homeless, hungry, underprivileged and disabled persons in our area. Funding for these financial grants comes from the proceeds of the Church Service League’s Christmas Market.
Hearth (formerly the Committee to End Elder Homelessness)
This group provides seed money to rehabilitate apartment buildings and housing in the Brookline and Boston area to provide housing for low-income seniors.
Ecclesia Ministries was founded in 1994 by Rev. Deborah Little, with the support of the diocese to provide outreach to the homeless. Ecclesia operates the Common Cathedral that provides pastoral counseling to the homeless on the streets of downtown Boston. In addition to pastoral care, Ecclesia Ministries provides access to social services, medical care and counseling. Ecclesia is often the recipient of our ongoing collections of clothing, bags, and toiletries.
Founded with Diocesan support by John Finley IV in 1997 on the model of Nativity Prep, Epiphany is an independent, tuition-free, middle school for children of low-income families from Boston neighborhoods. It admits children of diverse faiths, races, cultures, and cognitive profiles, believing in the Episcopal tradition that we find God in and through each other's presence. The Redeemer has put together gift baskets for the teachers at Christmas.
We provide grants to the following food pantries:
In additional to regular financial grants, the Redeemer has given contributions from the Thanksgiving canned food collection to one of these local food pantries.
Home Start, Inc. was established in 1994 to help homeless people acquire their own permanent housing by making safe and cost-effective housing available.
TEEP is a tuition-free, out-of-school time program for Boston Public middle and high school students (7th-12th grades). Our mission is to create a safe community where every member is inspired to discover, empowered to engage, and individually affirmed.
St. Stephen’s Church
St. Stephen’s Church on Shawmut Avenue in Boston is an Episcopal parish committed to rebuilding, growing, and becoming a vibrant and relevant force in its community. Through innovative partnerships with resourceful parishes like Church of the Redeemer, St. Stephen’s now offers an after-school program, a summer day camp (B-SAFE), a food pantry, and a series of lunches to its parishioners and neighbors. Our Outreach grants have been used to support St. Stephen’s after-school and summer enrichment programs, serving children from the congregation and community.
As part of our partnership with St. Stephen’s, the Redeemer often collects Christmas gifts for the children of the parish or the after-school program, organizes and funds a Christmas party for the children, donates food to the food pantry and hosts lunches for the summer day camp counselors.
Photo on the right: The Redeemer 2nd and 3rd grade class visits the Centre Street Food Pantry on a Sunday morning in April 2013 to stock shelves and deliver cereal.