CityReach gives young people from any denomination the opportunity to
learn first hand about homelessness in Boston from people who have
experienced it. Participants join CityReach staff in street ministry,
offering hospitality, food and clothing, followed by times of sharing
CityReach is an overnight urban outreach program begun in March 1996 for youth (with accompanying adults), young adults, and college students from churches of any denomination. The program gives these young people the opportunity to learn first hand about homelessness from people who have experienced it. During the 20 hour session, participants join CityReach staff in street ministry and offer hospitality, food and clothing. This is followed by times of sharing and reflection.
The program starts on Friday evening and ends on the following Saturday afternoon. Participants arrive at 7 p.m. Friday night, and are addressed by staff who are experiencing, or have experienced, homelessness. They walk through the city guided by members of common cathedral and end the evening with a simple worship service. Participants sleep at a local church. On Saturday morning participants offer clothing that they have collected and a simple meal to unhoused guests who come to "shop" for clothing from among the donated items. Participants form teams for street outreach, taking sandwiches and clothes to people at South Station, Copley Square, Boston's waterfront and other sites. All then eat lunch and reflect together about their experiences in light of the Gospel, write a prayer, and talk about next steps for them personally and/or as a group. Housed participants prepare to present their experiences to their home congregations.
CityReach, offered up to 8 times per academic year, is recommended for participants 14 years of age and older. For more information please read our informational packet or email Tonika@commoncathedral.org. If you would like to register please use our registration form and here is our detailed information packet.
2017-2018 Calendar & Orientation Dates
- November 10th-11th 2017(Orientation: Thursday, Oct 19, 7pm)
- December 15th - 16th 2017(Orientation: Tuesday, Nov 21, 7pm)
- January 19th -20th 2018(Orientation: Thursday, Dec 28, 7pm)
- February 9th - 10th 2018 (Orientation: Thursday, Jan 18, 7pm)
- March 9th -10th 2018(Orientation: Thursday, Feb 15, 7pm)
- April 27th -28th 2018(Orientation: Thursday, April 5, 7pm)
- May 11th - 12th 2018(Orientation: Thursday, April 19, 7pm)