Boston Homelessness Ministries & Organizations

Boston Homelessness Ministries & Organizations


Since 1990, Starlight Ministries has equipped individuals to build life-changing relationships with people affected by homelessness. Starlight trains individuals and groups in classroom settings as well as hands-on ministry venues. These opportunities provide the Church and those struggling with homelessness with effective tools for building communities where all can experience personal transformation through Jesus Christ.

Starlight develops church-community collaborations, so that each church community can find their unique contribution, and no one church is overburdened.


Boston Rescue Mission

39 Kingston House, Boston. Phone - (617) 338-9000

The Boston Rescue Mission continues to aid the homeless and poor of Greater Boston to self-sufficiency by assisting women and men in confronting and overcoming the root causes of their homelessness. To this end, the Mission provides basic life necessities such as food and shelter as well as social service programs. The goal is to provide the homeless and poor with the support, training, and resources necessary to sustain independent living for a lifetime. In addition to providing basic housing and meals, Boston Rescue Mission has a Residential Recovery Program, a Sober Living Program, an outpatient counseling center, Bible studies, and spiritual mentoring.

The Mission has many opportunities for individuals and small groups (2 to 6) of volunteers preparing and serving meals daily and on Sunday afternoons, doing maintenance, cleaning, laundry, office & computer work, manning the front desk, driving & pick-up with vans, and Saturday outreach (with food) and prayer on the Boston Common.


Home With Friends

Home With Friends is a collaborative Christian ministry which seeks to educate, encourage, and equip local churches to minister to families that are homeless by offering training, support

and mentoring opportunities. The three groups which collaborate with the Home With Friends program are Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore, Sanger Center for Compassion, and Starlight Ministries of Emmanuel Gospel Center. Lora Wooster and Sara Mitchell train and work with church teams of 8-12 people who develop a long-term (1-2 year) mentoring friendship with a family in transition, help with a rental subsidy, and offer the family their time, talents, encouragement and ongoing friendship.

If you or your church would like to get involved, call Lora Wooster at 617-939-3709 or Sara Mitchell at 617-262-4567.

Other organizations

Boston's Emergency Shelter Commission   

The Emergency Shelter Commission's mission is to coordinate the City's efforts to prevent and end homelessness and hunger through proactive planning, policy analysis, program development and advocacy with our city, state, federal and community partner agencies. The Commission's goal is to eradicate hunger and homelessness by seeking systemic solutions to these challenging socio-economic problems. The ESC coordinates a safety net of services and provides information and referral to homeless and hungry citizens in need.


Boston Health Care for the Homeless

This pioneering organization’s “mission is to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area. The integrated care model at BHCHP unites physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, case managers and behavioral health professionals in close collaboration. They follow patients in a variety of settings - on the streets, at the Barbara McInnis House, in our shelter-based clinics, in the hospitals and in housing - providing regular contact and uninterrupted care.”


Boston Public Health Commission

"The mission of the Boston Public Health Commission's Homeless Services Bureau is to improve the quality of life of Boston's homeless citizen's by providing emergency shelter, social services, and housing search services." - from the Homeless Services Bureau Mission Statement.  Directory of Emergency Shelters 


Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge offers a comprehensive range of services for youth ages 14 to 24 in a positive and safe environment. These programs for homeless, runaway, and high-risk youth include street outreach and the Mobile Medical Van, counseling, a drop in center, education, and some residential programs.


Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness

The mission of the ICHH is to provide the forum where new strategies in support of affordable housing development and to address the issues of homelessness among all populations are formulated. These new strategies will enhance the coordination and prioritization of housing resources and services of all types in support of vulnerable populations in the Commonwealth.


Pine Street Inn

Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services, including permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to more than 1,900 homeless men and women each day. The food services training program trains 100 men and women each year for jobs in the food services industry.


Rosie’s Place

889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA

Rosie’s Place offers three meals a day, a food pantry, and emergency shelter for women. The advocacy staff assist with housing, educational and employment opportunities, clothing, wellness care, transportation and emergency funds for eviction prevention and medications. It is located at 02118.  Volunteers are welcome.


St. Francis House

39 Boylston Street / Boston, Massachusetts 02116

St. Francis House is a day shelter offering a variety of services for people who are homeless. It has many volunteer opportunities. In addition to a medical clinic and counseling services, St. Francis House offers the Moving Ahead Program (MAP) which is a 14-week job- and life-skills training program   The Next Step Housing Program in their building provides single-occupancy rooms for 56 single, low-income men and women.


Women’s Lunch Place

Located on the lower level of the Church of the Covenant at 67 Newbury Street, The Women’s Lunch Place is open from Monday through Saturday from 7:00am until 2:00pm. A continental style breakfast is available from 8:00am – 10:00am, and lunch is served restaurant style at 12:00pm.  In addition to meals, classes are offered on a variety of topics including literacy, computer skills, housing and legal issues, employment, financial literacy, nutrition, and stress reduction. Health care, counseling, clothing, and personal care items are available as well.