We're blessed by our supporters in so many ways...sometimes with kind words, like these from Marge and Jack:
Thanks for your thanks. We have been regular contributors to Boston Rescue Mission for many years. I remember vividly what first convinced us of the value of your Mission. It was an invitation to come to the BRM facility and see how our contributed dollars are being put to work.
Seeing the rooms, the beds and the other facilities and hearing how they are used on a regular basis made us realize how important our dollars were to helping the unfortunate among us. We intend to continue our contributions and we wish you well in your mission.
It's faithful givers like Marge and Jack that reach those in the greatest need. And please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a personal tour of our downtown headquarters. We'll be glad to show you around!
For the last several years, the Mission has received a generous award from Citizen's Energy to assist with winter heating costs for the Mission's Kingston Street and Humboldt Avenue programming locations. Every year, we're grateful to this nonprofit organization with a simple mission: make basic needs more accessible and affordable to low-income families.
But there's something else that founder Joseph Kennedy II, his wife Beth, and the Citizen's Energy staff do for agencies like the Mission. Each month, they visit a different agency to serve a meal to residents and guests. During holy week in April, a Citizen's Energy crew came by to serve steak, lobster, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and cake for dessert! What a treat for guests to eat whole lobsters with warm butter among friends!
We're so grateful to Citizen's Energy for going above and beyond the organizational mission to provide a wonderful meal for our guests and others who have few chances to eat such a feast!
A loving brother and friend to all he met, Brian touched the lives of many people inside and outside of the Mission.
From Brian's obituary:
MURDOCH, Father Brian J.P. April 3, 1954–October 16, 2016.
In a very short two years, Father Brian Murdoch cut a wide swath of joy and grace offering the experience of deep spiritual engagement on Sundays at Grace Episcopal Church on Martha's Vineyard, as well as every day where he extended the ministry of Grace Church beyond its walls into the island community where he became well-respected and deeply loved. Fr. Brian died peacefully at his Vineyard Haven home October 16.
Father Brian's first vocational assignment was as Priest of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlestown, MA from 1985 – 1990. Beginning in 1991, and for the following ten years, Fr. Brian was the Director of Recovery for the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston. He then founded and directed the Malcolm-Garrison-King House, a recovery-centered community in Boston until 2014. During that time, he also served as interim director of St. Paul's Church in Hopkinton, MA for a year. From 2002 – 2006, Fr. Brian was an Adjunct Professor in Sociology, Psychology, and Group Dynamics at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA. Between 2004 and 2011, Fr. Brian was Priest-in-Residence at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in West Roxbury, MA, and then served as Chaplain at the Barbara McInnis House in Boston. In 2011, Fr. Brian took a position as House Staff Agent for Boston Rescue Mission's Safe Haven Homeless Veterans' Program in Boston. The following year, he worked as Street Priest for Common Cathedral in Boston where he bore a ministry of presence on the Boston Common to un-housed and poor people to help sustain their hope and dignity. In 2014, Bishop Alan Gates of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts appointed Fr. Brian Priest-In-Charge of Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard where he was currently serving when he died.
Brian grew up in the midst of a great Irish-Catholic clan of aunts and uncles and thirty-three first cousins who all lived in seven houses on Connors Road in West Peabody. As a high school student athlete, he was privileged to receive a full scholarship to Boston College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and was a linebacker and defensive lineman for the BC Eagles for several years. A year abroad in Ireland and the Middle East brought Brian a variety of experiences in ministry. On his return to Boston, Brian co-founded Many Mansions, Inc. and continued work there as Cafe Manager.
Brian's spiritual journey took him on a quest to deepen his personal faith which had grown out of a conversion and profound commitment to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, whom he followed with all his heart for the rest of this life. This led him to the General Seminary in New York City where he earned a Masters of Divinity. Gregarious and engaging, his upbringing in a crowd of loved ones set the stage for his life-long dedication of creating communities of support. His spiritual guidance was infused with humor, offering everyone he met his undivided attention, and lifting them up with his uncanny ability to resonate with them. As a result of his embodiment of the light of the Gospel, Fr. Brian lived his life espousing the joys and hard work of grace, and in grace he carries on.
He is survived by six siblings and their spouses, Bill (Sally), Kevin (Gail), Kate (Tom), Donna, Karen, and Maureen (Chris), fourteen nieces and nephews, seven grand-nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, and by John Bradley, and his life-long best friend, Philip Mangano.
Visiting hours will be held at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., Boston, on Fri., Oct. 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and a Funeral Service will be celebrated on Sat., Oct. 22 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral. Contributions and gifts in lieu of flowers can be sent "In Memory of Fr. Brian Murdoch" to the Fr. Brian Memorial Fund, Grace Episcopal Church, PO Box 1197, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Contributions may also be sent to the Father Brian Fund at Boston Rescue Mission, PO Box 12009, Boston, MA 02112, or go online to donate at brm.org.
We are all very grateful for your kindness and remembrances of Brian.
The long-awaited new batch of Mission t-shirts is here!
You asked for 'em. We got 'em. New Mission t-shirts!
We kept the same great classic designs on the front and back for a simple, understated look. This time we added two new colors - a royal blue and an Irish green in addition to black and orange.
Shirts are $10 apiece and available in sizes small through 2XL. Contact Mauricia at (617) 338-9000 ext. 1230. or email@example.com. Pickup only please.
Attendees follow a painting activity in a monthly R.E.C. event at the Mission.
Recovery is serious business. Focused, intensive work can leave program memmbers depleted.
When case worker Abner Maldonado wanted to bring art therapy to Mission program members, he scheduled one evening per month devoted to relaxation, expression, and creativity for the community. Dubbed R.E.C. for short, the program brings in volunteers from local churches and colleges to lead programs of cooking, music, art, dance, and more.
Many evenings, easels come onto tables and attendees will follow a painting or drawing suggestion, be it a still life, portrait, emotion, or abstract pursuit. After a break, a full band usually appears, running a gamut of genres from classical to jazz, rock to hip hop. Poetry, spoken word and storytelling are welcome, and spiritual exploration is common. Activities can center on individuals, small groups, or the entire group, and volunteers are trained beforehand to interact with guests in a therapeutically positive manner.
You can help to sponsor an evening of R.E.C. programming! Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure your contribution brings healing to our guests.