Homelessness can be prevented when the community is engaged in standing up against it and lending a hand to those facing it. We look to engage the broader community of churches through a number of service and learning opportunities. City Mission creates and nurtures connections across disparate groups to broaden understanding and create meaningful, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationships. We partner with schools and other organizations that serve marginalized people in our community to help prevent family homelessness.
Click below to learn more about our various educational opportunities:
Coat Boston: With a generous grant from Citizen’s Bank, we work with churches, businesses and individuals to give brand-new coats to Boston’s public school students. In 2016, we were able to collect 1,500 coats for those in need!
Christmas Shop: Churches and organizations organize gift drives and donate their time preparing gifts to go to our Homelessness Prevention participants and our Coat Boston elementary schools. In 2016, we received and distributed over 5,000 gifts.
MLK Day of Learning: In honor of the civil rights leader, we host a day of learning about race and racism that is designed to empower participants. Dr. King knew that it took courage for people to engage in dialogue that identifies the conditions that separate people from one another, and to identify the conditions that build understanding and unity.
Advocacy: Preventing family homelessness starts with systematic change, which is why City Mission participates in advocacy with other organizations working on anti-poverty campaigns. City Mission staff partners with many Massachusetts agencies working to pass legislation that will prevent family homelessness. We participate in lobby days on Beacon Hill, email our constituents regarding legislative updates, and share information through webinars and workshops.