At Citylife we recognize that mercy is an essential, non-negotiable component of the Christian life. If we are recipients of the gospel – a story of mercy – then it is only natural for us to respond in mercy with our everyday lives.
Mercy Ministry’s vision is for every individual and the church to cultivate a lifestyle of mercy. Mercy is not simply an add-on in life, but it is a natural outpouring of faith in Christ. The end goal of mercy is for individuals and communities to be reconciled in their relationships with God, oneself, one another, and creation.
The Citylife Mercy Helpline is for church members and attendees to request practical and financial help from the Diaconate in time of need. Call (617) 855-9491 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respite care is the provision of short-term relief to individuals caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home. Training will be made available.
CHURCH / SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
Citylife is committed to giving back to our city by developing a long term relationship with one of the strongest institutions in Boston – the school system. We are currently building strong bonds with the James W. Hennigan school in Jamaica Plain. To learn more or volunteer, contact Lauren.
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.
Rosie’s Place provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
Harrington House is a 1:3 group home designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for youth who are transitioning to a less restrictive setting. While providing a structured, home-like living environment, children engage with the community through school attendance, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
Hyde Square Task Force develops the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community.
For many the cost of market-rate housing is a barrier; for others, the difficulty of managing daily life on their own in the face of ill health, old age, or disability makes most housing options unworkable. In response to this need, the Paul Sullivan Housing and our Department of Mental Health houses offers permanent, affordable housing with on-site support staff.
Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents are referred to Room to Grow by a network of prenatal programs assisting low-income families.
Director of Mercy Ministry
Lauren hails from Pennsylvania Dutch farm country but has been learning how to pretend to belong in a city for ten years. She first came to Boston to study International Relations at Boston University. After graduating, she spent two years doing ministry in the Middle East before returning to Boston to continue in full time ministry. She is passionate about helping others cross cultural, economic, and social divides to find common ground through Jesus Christ. Lauren loves laughing, the Philadelphia Eagles, music, baking, presidential history, and ice cream. She invites anyone to have a good laugh or a chat about Abe Lincoln over coffee and baked goods any day.