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Organization DBA Ecclesia Ministries common cathedral
common cathedral
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

common cathedral is an outdoor congregation, housed and unhoused,
sharing God’s love through community, pastoral care, creative expression, and worship on Boston Common. We are non-proselytizing and ecumenical. We welcome and support all people.

Mission Statement

common cathedral is an outdoor congregation, housed and unhoused,
sharing God’s love through community, pastoral care, creative expression, and worship on Boston Common. We are non-proselytizing and ecumenical. We welcome and support all people.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $279,000.00
Projected Expense $279,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • BostonWarm
  • CityReach
  • common art
  • common cathedral (Outdoor Worship)
  • Street Outreach

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Overview

Mission Statement

common cathedral is an outdoor congregation, housed and unhoused,
sharing God’s love through community, pastoral care, creative expression, and worship on Boston Common. We are non-proselytizing and ecumenical. We welcome and support all people.

Background Statement

In the summer of 1994, Rev. Deborah W. Little began meeting with unhoused people on the streets of Boston, offering sandwiches, friendship, and referrals. From that simple beginning, common cathedral has evolved into an ecumenical church community that engages unhoused and housed people, service providers, clergy, seminarians, artists, and professionals of all kinds in activities that work to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of unhoused persons in Boston.

Chronically homeless persons, especially those who suffer from severe mental illness and/or addiction disorders, have a hard time escaping homelessness, finding permanent housing, and reintegrating at some level into community. For these individuals, perception of the world has been impaired by substances, by circumstances, and by unsuccessful social experiences. There has been a loss of trust — a basic loss of belief. Reestablishing connection, trust, self-love is important spiritual work that leads to successful outcomes.

Through every program we offer we inspire belief in self through witnessing God’s love for every living being. We build community between housed and unhoused individuals. We facilitate healing, however that looks for each individual. Our spiritual care work in hospitals and jails allows us to maintain and deepen our connection with vulnerable men and women in need.

While we provide a Christian context for our worship and spiritual reflection groups, we are a non-proselytizing ministry, open to broad discussions of belief and belief systems. We welcome absolutely everyone, from whatever faith tradition (including none at all).

We sponsor five core ministries, including:

common cathedral – Sunday afternoon worship on the Boston Common. Our congregants are joined by visiting housed groups, who bring lunch and stay to worship with all.

common art – Wednesday program at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Newbury Street, Boston. Artists from all walks of life come together with staff, visiting groups, and other volunteers, to create, to share, to eat, to rest.

City Reach – happens up to 9 times per year, at Church on the Hill, Bowdoin Street, Boston. Youth and adults from housed groups learn, directly from people who have experienced it, how people manage to live on the streets of Boston.

Street Ministry – our ministers go where people are – on the streets, to hospitals, to jail – to offer a kind word, practical assistance, Bible Study, pastoral care.

 
BostonWarm - Day shelter at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Newbury St. in Boston is open two days a week from September through May. Over the summer the day shelter is open one day a week at Old South Church at Copley Square in Boston. Community members show up for a safe, warm space to rest, eat a meal, drink a hot cup of coffee, and connect with others.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
1) Program. Thanks to creativity, grit and generosity, our mission is upheld each year.
   a. common cathedral’s outdoor church happens every Sunday. Volunteers (Board members, visiting congregations, friends old and new) work hard to support our staff.
   b. common art happens every Wednesday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. We offer art supplies, spiritual/practical support, scarves, hats, hand warmers, toiletries, hot meals and a place to rest.
   c. City Reach happens up to 9 times per year. Housed visitors join our clergy and community to learn how people manage on the streets. Donated clothing helps up to 300 homeless Bostonians per event.
   d. BostonWarm hosts over 70 guests two days per week from September through May and one day per week during the summer.
   e. Street Ministry. Our staff goes where people are (on the streets, in hospital, in jail).
 
2) The Board of Directors works to:
   a. Clearly communicate our organization’s goals
   b. Review and clarify all operating policies and procedures
   c. Promptly, personally acknowledge all donor giving (materials, time, money)
   d. Build understanding between Board and Staff
   e. Increase Board volunteerism
 
 
Goals 2016-2017
1) Continue to support the men and women who encounter homelessness by creating a caring and welcoming community.
2) Continue to grow our board in numbers and diversity. We now have five Episcopalians, one non-denominational Christian, one Presbyterian, one Lutheran and two Congregationalist (UCC) on the Board. Over the next year we would like to add new Board members from additional faith traditions. We are serious when we say we welcome all people, and we believe that should be reflected in faith diversity among our Board.
3) Relationship development. We will grow our donor base, and deepen existing relationships with our long-term supporters.
 

Needs Statement

1) Staff and Volunteers. In order to carry out our programs in the best way possible, we need to add additional interns and other volunteers to support each of our core programs.

2) Board membership. As discussed above, we need to grow our volunteer Board.

3) Funding. We are an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend wholly on donations and grants to pay our wonderful staff and to cover supplies, travel costs, and emergency funds for members of our community. Our annual budget is in the neighborhood of approximately $250,000, which covers salaries, benefits, supplies, travel and emergency funds.


CEO Statement

This year when someone asked a community member why he or she keeps coming to common art or common cathedral they said… “I came for the art but I stayed for the love."

For 20 years, common cathedral has been building and forming an intentional spiritual community with the unhoused of Boston. Through street ministry, art programs, prayer and worship our non-proselytizing community has found faith, self-confidence and a much-needed network of supporters. common cathedral’s success of building relationships and transforming lives has been replicated in over 100 locations across the United States.

Board Chair Statement

I have had the privilege of serving on the board of Ecclesia Ministries common cathedral since 2007, and as chair since 2010.
 
In 2007, the board was continuing to experience the process of transition from an informal support team for the founder of the ministry into a governing board of directors of the 501(c)3 organization. All the board members at that time knew the founder personally. At the time, the new Executive Director was seeking to chart a course which involved expanding into substantially larger areas of related development. Over time, it became clear to me that the board wanted to engage in the core mission of offering spiritual support and presence in community with unhoused men and women as effectively as possible rather than move into areas of development for which we did not have the necessary infrastructure.
 
As of 2014, I believe the transition to being a true Board of Directors has advanced considerably. Only one of the current board members has a personal relationship with the founder. The board meets monthly with additional sub-committee meetings as needed. The staff is a team which is focused on and successful in addressing the core objectives. A new Executive Director has joined the team following an eight month search process. She brings enormous gifts to the organization in achieving our goals. With new clarity of roles in place, the board is ready to expand and deepen its skill sets.
 
What drew me to this work still does - spiritual presence with unhoused men and women, so easily marginalized by society at large and treated as of little value. In the recent interim period, I have gotten to know some of the community members better and feel privileged to stand with them as much as I can. I have watched our board members give sacrificially of their time and skills to establish a strong base for the future. It is inspiring work which offers deep spiritual rewards for those who engage in it and who offer material support for it. I continue to feel privileged to be invited to offer what I can to its work.
 
Rev. Stephen Voysey
Chair, Ecclesia Ministries Board of Directors

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Downtown
Boston - Downtown / Government Center / Boston Common / Copley Square/South Station
Youth from all over New England in our service learning opportunities

Organization Categories

  1. Religion- Related - Christianity
  2. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

BostonWarm

In October 2014 Boston’s Long Island Bridge - the city's only access to its largest homeless shelter and to private detox centers – was condemned. Its closure abruptly displaced more than 700 persons. Whether these vulnerable individuals were soon sheltered elsewhere or moved to the streets, the experience was traumatic. Many are still struggling to recover.

In response to this crisis, a coalition of religious leaders established two BostonWarm Day Centers, which opened in January 2015 to provide critical practical, personal and nonjudgmental support for hundreds of our unhoused neighbors during that record breaking winter.

On October 5th 2015, management of this center transferred to common cathedral. Participation has been strong and continues to grow, now numbering approximately 70 guests per day. In addition to the stable community that has developed since the inception of the day shelters, we continue to welcome people into our community, including those who are newly unhoused.

Budget  $50,400.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Other Economic Level
Program Short-Term Success 
Boston Warm has become a critical part of how we provide for our community. It is a safe space where street involved people can come and receive the respect and love all people deserve.
Program Long-Term Success  BostonWarm finds success in the ability to reach more and more unhoused individuals in Boston.  We provide hospitality to all with no judgements or requirements.  BostonWarm is an alternative to the shelter system and works to create a safe and supportive community where all feel they are important.
Program Success Monitored By  BostonWarm has seen our success in the numbers of people attending.  Each day we open over 75 people attend.  They may come in for a cup of coffee, a good conversation or to be seen as their best selves.  We are continually trying to assess how people are finding us. Currently people find us by "word of mouth" and are often brought to us by friends.
Examples of Program Success 
We met Dan in late November. He was quite and came in to BostonWarm for a cup of coffee.  Slowly he opened up and began talking about his situation and how he ended up on the streets.   As his relationship with our staff developed he found confidence, started helping out and even asked a volunteer to assist him with his housing paperwork.
While getting housing for our community is not our goal providing them a safe place to be welcomed and find their voice again is our goal. 

CityReach

City Reach is a 24-hr. immersion program, offered up to 9 times/year, to up to 70 persons/event, educating youth and adults about homelessness in Boston. Three distinct communities: housed participants, City Reach staff, and chronically unhoused persons, benefit. City Reach is not “scared straight” and does not use shame or guilt to create change. We enable people with houses to learn from those who have had none. Our employees attend, supervise, and facilitate every event, assisted by 12-20 staff who have been chronically unhoused. Perspectives are shared based on personal experience. Learning happens through stories, walking tours, worship, discussions, reflections, and outreach. Participants build connections with individuals, instead of forming a generic caricature of “the homeless." City Reach empowers, validates and honors experience, giving purpose, leadership, dignity. Outreach at each event includes donating clothing and food to help up to 300 chronically unhoused Bostonians. 
Budget  $62,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the 24 hours,  unhoused and housed participants are able to work together to learn about homelessness in Boston -- and, by providing food and clothing, provide material support to many additional unhoused Bostonians.  
Program Long-Term Success 
The City Reach groups have different long-term goals but share an idealized one.
  • Participants: rethink stereotypes about unhoused persons. 
  • Staff: build the self-esteem for self-care in important ways.
  • Chronically Homeless guests: remember that they are loved and important. 
  • All: understand they are connected through the broader kingdom of God.
Example:
  • C., tucked into the ATM vestibule, says a prayer for S. and M. He falls asleep laughing, wearing the Harvard University hoodie that took the 3 of them 10 minutes to find and another 10 minutes to laugh about. He hopes to see them again.
  • M., tucked into his tiny apartment after 20 years on the street, says a prayer for C. and S. He falls asleep, proud that he spoke honestly and that he helped guests feel welcome. He hopes to see them again.
  • S., in her Newton home, says a prayer for C. and M. She falls asleep, not ashamed of her comfortable bed, but imagining how she can change the world after a good night’s sleep. S. hopes to see them again.
 
Program Success Monitored By  Feedback forms are completed by CityReach participants and used to make program improvements and innovations.  
Examples of Program Success  Please visit our website to see testimony from CityReach participants and how the experience impacted their lives. http://www.ecclesia-ministries.org/cityreach.html#essay



common art

common art is a place where beauty is made, and where all are welcome to renew themselves in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. With guidance from professional artists in residence, common art is not a place of 'make-work' but of real beauty making – and all are invited share in it. common cathedral has maintained common art as an open art studio for poor and unhoused people since 1996. Many participants have been able to earn much needed income through the sale of their work - a process facilitated by our clergy and staff. Others have found that art-making helps them to express that which is harder to get at with words, but is a portal to the kind of self-encounter that often leads to a vital spiritual experience, one from which belief in life’s value can take root. common cathedral provides all the art materials, and the quality artistic and pastoral support which ensures each participant's potential is nurtured and encouraged.
Budget  $62,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Homeless Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  All program participants are expressing themselves through art, participating in art shows, and are part of a mutually supportive community. Our short term successes are seen in meals shared, clean up executed in collaboration, creation of original art constantly and consistently in flow. There is also accountability and support provided for those battling addiction & mental illness.
Program Long-Term Success  Through leadership and self expression community members gain self-confidence and experience God's grace.   For many common art members, art is a way of life. For others, its a new discovery. But for all, art is passion, expressing and affirming life itself, a defiant or gentle "yes" in the face of stigma and the constant struggle with poverty and homelessness. Ultimate changes due to this program will be the development of a safe and creative culture.
Program Success Monitored By  common art is a well loved program, with a large volunteer base and a group of artists who have participated over many years. One long-time common art participant recently put it this way: "I came for the art - but I stay for the love."
Examples of Program Success 
 Please visit our Common Art Facebook page for examples.

common cathedral (Outdoor Worship)

common cathedral is the heart of Ecclesia Ministries. It is our church -- and it takes place outdoors on the Boston Common at 1pm every Sunday, regardless of the weather.  Anywhere from 30-70 people gather for worship each week at the Brewer Fountain. Our congregation is open to all, housed or unhoused. While most of our congregation is unhoused, our church is also home to housed individuals who live nearby.  Most weeks, members from housed congregations from across New England join us as well. Together we sing and pray, reflect on the Gospel and break bread. This diverse and supportive spiritual community helps build the strength and hope necessary to soften hearts, counter despair, and make positive choices.
Budget  $62,500.00
Category  Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Homeless People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Other Health/Disability
Program Short-Term Success 
Examples of "short term" success:  
 
J. brings his brother, B., to worship. They haven’t seen each other in 10 years and J. wants to introduce his brother to his church family.

F. got housing and continues to come and help set up worship.

C. shakes the hand of someone from the visiting congregation.  It’s one of the few positive human contacts he will have all week.

L. comes to tell the Pastors that S. is in the hospital.  L. says that he "doesn't like God or Churches, but I thought you should know."  L. felt welcome and needed.

These acts of dignity do not come easily or quickly to our congregation.  Chronically homeless individuals have been systemically disempowered for years.  At common cathedral people can express the goodness within them and practice sharing that goodness with others.

When a person believes that they are important, cared about, and loved - then they will start to love themselves.  

 
Program Long-Term Success 

The primary challenge for chronically unhoused individuals is they stop caring about themselves.  To survive on the street for decades, it is easier to believe projected stereotypes (that you are unlovable and unimportant) than to fight them.  Homelessness takes a terrible toll on a person’s self-esteem and self-worth.

We live into our inclusive Christian faith, knowing everyone is loved by God.  We remind our congregation they are loved and worthy of love today!  Right now.  Before they get housing. Before they get sober.  Before they leave their abusive relationship.  Even before they love themselves, they are loved by God (and by us).

Our long-term goal is to help 100% of our community know this.  Which is not easy.  Though you can believe that you are loved while singing in our choir on Sunday afternoon, remembering that is hard when someone is kicking you awake at 4am, or someone crosses the street so they don’t come too close, or your family doesn't answer your phone calls.

Program Success Monitored By  We monitor our program successes by the stability of our membership (among housed as well as unhoused persons). Some members of our outdoor church have been community members for many years. Some of our most loyal supporters, volunteers and donors have been in place for a very long time. Over 90% of our visiting housed groups have volunteered with us for years.
Examples of Program Success  People come back, week after week. Over time individuals develop a trusting relationship with program leaders -- and assume increasing degrees of leadership within the programs.  Members of visiting housed congregations participate in the service, and are so moved by what they see and hear that they volunteer, again and again.

We also share successes from our community themselves. 
 
"I came upon this place by accident. It was a beautiful day… a lot of people were around the cross singing. Someone invited me to join them. I hesitated for a moment and then said, “why not?” I saw a few people I have known on the street and they seemed to be the ones doing the right things. This spoke to me. We are a community. We are a sanctuary inside or outside. We are all connected…This community has given me the ability to be more compassionate. God loves us no matter who we are!" – H, common cathedral member

Street Outreach

Street Outreach is often the way we first meet those in need. common cathedral pastors spend hours each week with un-housed men and women on the streets. We are often able to direct people to resources that will meet immediate needs such as food, blankets, and emergency medical referrals. We also work closely with medical, mental health and housing outreach workers to better serve these needs in the long term. The main thing we do during street ministry, however, is accompany those in pain. Sitting, listening to the stories they choose to share, builds trust that leads to healing. Our pastors also visit hospitalized members of the communities, accompany common cathedral members to court, medical appointments, and meetings with other agencies to access social services and housing.
 
 
 
 
Budget  $62,500.00
Category  Religion, General/Other Religion, General/Other
Population Served Homeless Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of each week our ministers and lay staff have met and prayed with several if not all of our un-housed community.
Program Long-Term Success 

Throughout the city of Boston, indoors and out, our pastors go where people are, just as Jesus did. Providing a listening ear, a granola bar, a cross, a hug. Just to make sure people know that they, too, are children of God, worthy of love. Our success in the program is our ability to be present to unhoused persons in Boston who are looking for support and a community.

Program Success Monitored By 
Our ministers and lay staff work weekly as a team to locate each community member and follow up with how they are doing. An example of how this looks is as follows.
 
Usually, the relationship between a homeless person's self esteem and their ability to survive (and thrive!) on the street is a subtle connection. In harsh New England winters, there is no subtlelty. Before a 2013 blizzard, Pastor Mary was concerned for members of the congregation who regularly sleep outdoors. She knew most people's survival routines when a storm forced them to find indoor shelter. A few individuals, however, were in a pit of despair and Pastor Mary feared their self-loathing would prevent them from making healthy choices that would keep them alive through the coming storm. Pastor Mary wanted the congregation to know they were important, worthy of warmth, and love, and life! If they couldn't remember for themselves, it was our job to remind them.
Examples of Program Success 

An example of our Street Ministry's success was when Mary set out to find people before the big blizzard of 2013. Here's what happened:

  • At the train station's weekly Bible Study, "A" confirmed that "B" would be staying with them.  Safe indoors.
  • "C", who fears going to the shelter after being attack by a violent ex-boyfriend, replies to Mary's text and confirms she is staying at the airport. 
  • In the subway, "D" wouldn't reveal his plan, but promises he would "stay safe". 
  • "E" calls out to Pastor Mary from across the street and says he will be staying in at South Station all night. 
  • "F" meets Mary on Boston Common. He gives her a big hug and says, "Don't worry. I'll be okay. Now you get inside. It's cold out here." 
The community has taken care of themselves long before we showed up. The difference is that: A,B,C,D… know that someone else cares if they make it through the night.  So they DO make it through the night. 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Individually all of our projects are making a difference in the lives of the unhoused in Boston, but together they are building an intentional spiritual community for both housed and unhoused individuals. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amanda Yannaco Grant-Rose MSW, M.Ed.
CEO Term Start Aug 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Work Experience:
  • Director of Marketing and Programs at Lift Up Africa, 2010-2014, Massachusetts, Kenya and Tanzania 
  • Mental Health Specialist at Chester County Intermediate Unit, 2008-2009, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sebastian Kolowa University College (SEKUCo), Director of Special Education, 2007-2008, Magamba, Tanzania           
Education: 
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 2010 Master of Education; International Education Policy 
  • University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia, PA, May 2007 Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) 
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, May 2003 Bachelor of Arts in Special Education
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
The Rev. Dr. Deborah W. Little-Wyman June 1994 June 2001

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Pastor Mary Jane Eaton Associate Pastor
Co-Founder and Co-Pastor of Worcester Fellowship
MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School
Pastor Laura Shatzer Pastor of Street Ministry and Chaplain
Bachelor's degree from Carleton College (Northfield, MN)
M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School
 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Christenson Award Old South Church in Boston 2013

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) 2008
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --

Collaborations

St. Paul's Cathedral, Boston
Church on the Hill, Boston
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Boston
St. Cecilia RC Parish, Boston

Community Servings
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless 
Adelynrood Retreat Center
Society of St. John the Evangelist
Father Bill's / Mainspring, Quincy 
many other congregations of numerous denominations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

--

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair The Rev. Stephen O. Voysey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rector, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Weston, MA
Board Chair Term Dec 2009 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr John Carroll Jr. Community Member Voting
Ms Wendy Fasciano Director of Association Financial Services of New England, LLC Voting
The Rev. Julian Fredie Retired Vice-President, Staples Corporation, Braintree, MA Voting
Mr. Henry Gunderson Community Member Voting
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Boston, MA Voting
Rev. Dr. Adam Hearlson Andover Newton Theological School Voting
Dr. Debra Leonard Retired Neurobiologist; Volunteer Voting
The Rev. Robin Lutjohann Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA Voting
Mr. Bobby Outterson-Murphy Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill MA Voting
The Rev. Stephen O. Voysey Rector, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Weston, MA Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Human Resources / Personnel

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Two members of our Board of Directors were, when they became Board members, unhoused members of the common cathedral community. These leaders continue to serve an important role, representing the interests of the community before housed members of the Board, as well as explaining the decisions of the full Board to members of the community.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $279,000.00
Projected Expense $279,000.00
Form 990s --
Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $311,431 $260,100 $212,053
Total Expenses $238,792 $154,878 $218,733

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$53,036 $48,667 $16,194
Government Contributions $0 $0 $1,000
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- $1,000
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $118,872 $73,557 $105,225
Indirect Public Support -- -- $6
Earned Revenue $44,458 $38,478 $34,115
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $2,878 -- --
Revenue In-Kind $200 $5,961 --
Other $91,987 $93,437 $55,513

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $171,117 $105,683 $141,260
Administration Expense $47,482 $42,480 $66,618
Fundraising Expense $20,193 $6,715 $10,855
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.30 1.68 0.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 68% 65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 5% 9%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $776,934 $724,233 $578,025
Current Assets $269,697 $160,775 $93,450
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $12,664 $8,000 $14,122
Total Net Assets $764,270 $716,233 $563,903

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $507,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 21.30 20.10 6.62

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Ecclesia Ministries, Inc. is a church, and therefore is not required by the IRS to file annual 990 forms.  For this same reason, Ecclesia Ministries, Inc. is not required to complete an annual financial audit.  We do contract a consultant to inspect Ecclesia's financial records in accordance with the audit guidelines of the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs. 
 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization. Ecclesia Ministries Inc. is not required to file an annual return (Form 990) with the IRS because it is a church, as such, no Form 990s are posted above. Please note the Other revenue category above for fiscal years 2015, 2014 and 2013 reflects revenue from Congregations. 

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Each December the city conducts a census to determine the number of homeless persons living in Boston. On February 25, 2015, 600 chronically homeless individuals were counted. This is an increase of more than 100 persons since the last count in 2013. This is the target population for our ministry.
 
We provide first and foremost the witness of God’s love for everyone, and then through a supportive and safe community, we provide opportunities for unhoused and low-income men and women to gain real, and unique, leadership experiences.
 
We have seen first hand how our ministry can help persons, who face many obstacles (e.g. mental illness, addictions, physical disabilities, isolation) grow into their full potential. The success of this looks different for each person. For one, that might mean seeking helpfulness – by being a “Pillar of Peace” – to the needs of the greater community. For another, it might mean seeking sobriety. For another, being part of a supportive and non-judgmental community can give the confidence needed to rebuild bridges to relationship that once were believed burned beyond recovery.  For another, being a dependable common cathedral volunteer creates the confidence and credentials to obtain a paying job. For another, learning how to market and sell original artwork allows one to move one step closer to financial independence. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

common cathedral believes that to build an intentional community with unhoused persons in Boston, unhoused persons themselves should be in leadership. Our successes have been possible because at every level of our organization unhoused individuals are involved in the planning and development of our programs.

It is this dynamic leadership approach which has identified and created ways for any unhoused individual to be a part of our community.

Opportunities include:

• Just being present with our staff, ministers, volunteers and community.

• participating one on one with our pastoral staff talking, praying or just being together.

• Bible studies on the Common or at South Station for anyone to attend.

• Community members are always given the opportunity to reflect on the week's scripture and pray for their community.

• Participating at any of our weekly or monthly programs from common art to common cathedral to City Reach.

• Leadership team opportunities are dependably available at common art and common cathedral

• Over the past several months, we have been interviewing prospective candidates for the positions of Associate Street Minister and Chaplain. Part of our extensive interview process invited community members, with volunteers and staff, to “meet and greet” each candidate, each of whom then participated in an extensive Q&A. Participation in these sessions was very impressive, both in terms of numbers in attendance (up to 25 per session) as well as in the questions asked and sentiments shared. The sense of pride, and of ownership, within this shared community is palpable.


• Two members of our Board of Directors were, when they became Board members, unhoused members of the common cathedral community. These leaders continue to serve an important role, representing the interests of the community before housed members of the Board, as well as explaining the decisions of the full Board to members of the community.

 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The successes of our communities and our organization are due to the dedication of our staff, board and volunteers. These individuals have stood with and prayed with people that the rest of society walks by. They know that the sandwich they are giving is not going to change a life but the connection they build just might. 

Throughout the city of Boston, indoors and out, our pastors go where people are, just as Jesus did. Providing a listening ear, a granola bar, a cross, a hug. Just to make sure people know that they, too, are children of God, worthy of love. Our staff also provide indoor pastoral care – at each of our core ministries (including a Thursday morning Bible Study at South Station), at MGH, and at “Friday Flicks,” (a movie program sponsored by Church on the Hill in Boston).

And our programs would, quite simply, not be sustainable without the regular volunteer support offered by an abundance of partner congregations.

o    45-50 housed groups per year bring lunch and join us for worship on the Boston Common

o   30-35 housed groups per season join us for City Reach, donating clothing and providing financial support.

o   Youth groups and others provide volunteer support each week at common art.

o   One of our long-time partners sponsors twice yearly get-togethers between their congregation and ours

o   Our dedicated longtime volunteer coordinator for Sunday lunch, as well as one of our fundraiser coordinators, both offered their help after participating in City Reach with their own children.
 
 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We serve a statistically small, transient, very needy population. As such, we cannot carry out massive statistical analyses to quantitate population trends or quantify “success.” What we can do, however, is notice -- and share -- how our message of God’s love translates and grows within our shared communities.  This is what transforms lives for a population that believes they are unloved, unheard and unsuccessful. We listen, we pray and we share in their successes. 

Sometime it is the individual story that best shows our success:

John, a community member for some time, was not interested in sharing his story. Believing that no one cared, he was quiet and never responded when our associate pastor, Mary, reached out to see how he was doing. It took time for Mary to build a relationship with John, for him to have success in an art show, and to know that Mary would pick up the phone when he called. This newly understood representation of God’s love has created a rich and deep relationship. John is now open and when Mary asks how he is doing he not only shares but asks Mary how she is doing.
 
We are also able to tell our success through the number of participants that meet at one or all of our programs. When we started our ministry 20 years ago 5 people met on the Common one Sunday for worship. Now, over 100 individuals, housed and unhoused, are present at any or all of our programs each week.    



5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Our goal is to be there, for as long as it takes, to help anyone who needs it, to understand that God loves them, we love them, and they deserve to love themselves too. Right now.