Old South Gives over $160,000 in Grants

For more than 350 years, Old South Church has called the city of Boston our home. We are proud to be connected to the fabric of the city, and do our best to serve our community and the broader world, including through financial support. Each year, the Christian Service & Outreach Committee disperses over $100,000 out of the church’s operating budget to nonprofits serving their communities.

We are thrilled to announce that last month, Old South Church in Boston gave over $160,000 in grants to more than a dozen organizations to support their incredible work:

  • $21,485 to The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, helping provide medical care to the most vulnerable people in the world, children living in an active war zone. 
  • $20,000 to Justice 4 Housing. J4H does outstanding work at the intersection of housing access and criminal justice.
  • $20,000 to common cathedral, a long-standing grantee ministering on the Boston Common each week to those with and without housing.
  • $30,000 to New Roots AME from our newly established City Mission Fund to support their continued vibrant ministry in Dorchester.
  • $12,000 to Legacy Lives On, giving them the Duane Day Award for their important restorative justice work.
  • $3,277 to the Boston Higher Ed Resource Center, giving them the Christenson Award. Boston HERC is a nonprofit supporting BPS students to thrive academically and reach college. 
  • $20,000 to Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, an organization supporting food access and community gathering in Mattapan. 
  • $20,000 to Father’s Uplift, the country's first mental health and substance abuse treatment facility for fathers and families.
  • $10,000 to IFSI-USA.  IFSI is working at the forefront of the migration/housing crisis in the Boston area, particularly for the Haitian community. This gift will enable them to flexibly support those that need it. 
  • $1,500 to purchase gift cards for those who volunteered this year with Faith Leaders for Housing Justice in weekly clean-ups at Mass and Cass as part of their year-end celebration event.
  • $5,000 to Women's Lunch Place, doing critical work for women and families experiencing homelessness with extensive day programs
  • $5,000 to Rosie's Place, a nighttime shelter for women experiencing homelessness, founded by an Old south member in 1974 as the first shelter for women in the country. 
  • $2,000 to Victory Programs to support their substance abuse recovery work throughout the area

Each of these organizations are meeting the needs of community members with grace, courage, and endurance in the face of ongoing challenges. We are grateful to the organizations for their continued efforts and to the Old South donors, past and present, who have made these grants a reality.

These funds were made possible through a combination of the Outreach Committee, the Micah Mission Fund, funds from City Mission Boston, and donations from the congregation.

The Micah Mission Fund is a special fund created as part of Old South’s 350th anniversary initiative to do justice in the world. Its name originates from Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

With hope and conviction for a brighter future,

Christian Service and Outreach Committee

Virginia Berman (co-chair)
Philip Dearing (co-chair)
Toby Bottorf
Paul Brouillette
Carolyn Clark
Amy Cleaveland-Hudson
Sara Donohue
Kathy Hassinger
Erica Meyer

Micah Mission Fund

Philip Dearing (Convenor)
Carolyn Arrington
Toby Bottorf
Paul Brouillette
Pam Roberts
Bradford Swing