UPDATE

Good people! We are so pleased to announce that our #BostonWarm Fundraiser collected over $2,000.00 for our unhoused brothers and sisters in the Boston area. As these frigid temperatures bring storm after storm, we are ever mindful of how blessed we are to have homes, vehicles, and even jobs that keep us warm. We continue to pray and work for a city in which all might know #BostonWarm. Thank you to all those who contributed, those who cooked, and those who helped distribute on Sunday.

If you’d still like to contribute – there is time! Simply make a check out to “Hancock Church” and write “Boston Warm – No Chili” in the memo line.


On October 8, 2014, the bridge connecting Long Island to the mainland of Boston was closed due to safety concerns, shutting down the Long Island shelter and displacing over 700 homeless individuals who called Long Island their home. 

Although the city has provided temporary beds, shelters have continued to be over capacity, resulting in unsanitary conditions. As temperatures fall, the crisis has become urgent. Dozens of faith leaders have come together knowing that action is necessary to ensure safety for our friends on the street.

-“Boston Warm” Website

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From preparing meals and volunteering at Rosie’s Place, to our ministry partnership of almost 150 years with City Mission Society, Hancock has long been in relationship with our brothers and sisters of the commonwealth’s capital. When we were informed of the efforts of Boston Faith Communities to care for the over 700 people displaced by the closing of the Long Island Shelter, Hancock immediately moved to respond. In partnership with the Christian Service Committee, the ministerial staff is coordinating multiple opportunities to respond to this crisis and put our faith into action. There is a form at the bottom of the page that will allow you to register your interest for any of these opportunities.

Boston Warm: Hancock Chili Fundraiser

In anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl, Hancock will be offering “party packs” for the day of the big game. As part of the cost is being underwritten by the Christian Service Committee, all proceeds will go directly to this important cause. The packs will be available forimages a suggested minimum donation of $20 and will include:

  • 1 quart of homemade chili (either vegetarian or meat)
  • Bag of chips
  • 1/2 pint of dip

The party packs will be available immediately after Morning Worship and the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 1. You can order one using the form below. Donations can be made by cash or by check when you pick up your order, or at anytime by sending a check made payable to “Hancock Church” with “Boston Warm” in the memo line. If you’d like to give a donation and not order chili, that is also welcome. If you write a check, indicate “Boston Warm – No Chili” in the memo line. Volunteering at the Day Shelter The “Boston Warm” initiative is also in need of volunteers to help at the Day Shelter. Here are a few things to know about volunteering:

  • Each shift is approximately 4 hours and runs from either 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM or 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
  • Each volunteer will be required to complete a three hour training and background check.
  • To reduce the number of trainings, volunteers are being asked to commit to two shifts.

You can sign up to volunteer on your own by heading directly over to the website and signing up. You can find the sign-up form here. If you would like to try and coordinate with others from Hancock, please register your interest below and Alex will try and help coordinate.

UPDATE: A second Day Shelter has been opened at Emmanuel Church and they are in need of volunteers! Click here to sign up and be sure to let us know if you’re going!

If you would like to donate, but do not want the “party pack” please feel free to do so using the instructions above.