Serving the educational, economic,
and social needs of impoverished Boston residents.

For more than two centuries, City Mission has dedicated itself to the needs of the most vulnerable in Boston and founded many of the city’s lasting charitable institutions. With roots that stretch back to 1816, City Mission remains a vibrant and faith-based organization with a focus on preventing family homelessness. Underlying all of our work – from direct service to families on the brink of homelessness to service learning programs that bring people together for cross-cultural education, to our public advocacy centered on combatting poverty and its root causes – are our guiding principles of engagement, education, and empowerment.

City Mission is the oldest multi-service agency in New England and the second oldest in the United States. Founded by members and clergy leaders of Old South Church UCC and Park Street Church in response to the hardships facing Boston residents, it has served the educational, economic, and social needs of impoverished area residents ever since.

Empowering Boston Residents to improve their lives

City Mission is unique. We work for program participants by empowering them to improve their lives. In addition to providing direct services, City Mission also advocates for systemic change in public policy. We work in both the city and suburbs, building bridges across perceived boundaries. Our work includes raising awareness in issues of social justice and providing volunteer and service opportunities.

Guided by our principles of engagementeducation, and empowerment, City Mission’s strategic focus is preventing family homelessness and all our work is designed to serve the most vulnerable people in Boston.

Homelessness Prevention

A Lift Up, Emergency Needs Network

Community Engagement

Coat Boston, Christmas Shop, MLK Day of Learning, Advocacy

Educational Opportunities

Seminarians in the City, Social Justice Internships