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.