Mr. Curt Brettin
Since 1899, Boston Rescue Mission, a not for profit Christian organization, has been helping people pursue their dreams of a better life in the Greater Boston area. Located two blocks from the Downtown Crossing subway station, we provide meals, counseling, and other supportive services. The Mission can house up to 30 female and 145 male residents. Residents can enroll in one of several transitional programs. Our goal is to support the recovery, health, faith, and independence of those who have a history of substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, and homelessness.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
Located in an urban setting, the Mission provides programs and services to chronically homeless people on a daily basis. Since the Mission offers wide array of services, the student has the flexibility to custom tailor her or his involvement to meet learning goals in the following job positions: (a) Ministerial Outreach Intern, (b) Assistant Volunteer Coordinator.
The main task of the Ministerial Outreach Intern is to identify ministries with which a fruitful collaborative relationship could exist between our ministry and their organization. Any organization that has potential will be marked for follow up, such as a site visit or extended phone call. Ideally, relationships could be built to help strengthen our numerous direct human service and ministerial programs such as Saturday Morning Outreach, Sunday Community meal, Safe Haven Veterans’ home, Spiritual Mentoring, Fresh Start Coaches, among others.
The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (AVC) position works closely with the Volunteer Coordinator. Tasks include identifying volunteer opportunities at the Mission, reviewing applications, scheduling volunteers, conducting volunteer orientation sessions, and collecting feedback from volunteers. The AVC will also help with the following administrative tasks: update and distribute the weekly volunteer schedule, collect volunteer applications, respond to inquiries from interested parties via email and phone, attend volunteer fairs in the Greater Boston area, compile data and complete monthly reports. Additionally, the AVC will continue ongoing efforts to modernize the Volunteer Database.
In the second semester, student-initiated tasks outside the two outlined above can be explored.
Both positions require good communication skills; necessary computer skills include word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, and knowledge about social media; creativity to communicate in different ways; ability to work independently and in a team environment; ability to form and maintain relationships through teamwork and networking. Multimedia production is a plus. There is the opportunity for training in the use of the Mission’s Donor database.
The Boston Rescue Mission is accessible by the MBTA Red, Orange, and Green Lines.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Bi-weekly meetings with supervisor.
- Number of Students: 1
- Total Compensation: $6000.00
- Type of Compensation: Work Study