Field Education Sites

Women's Lunch Place

Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 267-1722
Fax: (617) 267-6803
Web address: www.womenslunchplace.org

Contact Person(s):

TBD

Organization Description:

The Women’s Lunch Place serves the daytime needs of homeless and poor women of Greater Boston. Open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 2pm, we provide a nutritious breakfast & lunch and communal setting for 75-150 women a day. In addition, we offer advocacy services, a resource center with computers, clothing & toiletries, a library, a nap room, and shower & laundry facilities. Our primary goal is to show each woman that she is special. Fresh flowers and tablecloths, birthday and holiday celebrations, community meetings and conversations over lunch are all ways that bring us closer to that goal. The work of the WLP is based on respect for, concern, and commitment to poor and homeless women. Every staff person from the Executive Director to the Admin staff spend some time in direct service each month. We do not have an intake process for our guests, emphasizing drop in hospitality.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

The WLP has a number of ways that HDS students can contribute and we look for the best match between our needs at the time and the interests of the student. Common opportunities include: Kitchen Coordinator which involves managing volunteers & the preparation of a meal for 120 women; Resource Center assistant: which includes creating a safe and supportive environment for women to obtain housing, job, and medical information, use the computers, and make important calls; Guest Assistance which involves sorting the incoming donations and providing guests with some of their basic toiletry and clothing needs; and, hopefully starting in September 2007, a footwashing/icing clinic which could be managed by the HDS intern. In addition, we have many other opportunities which include participating in the volunteer department, development, and administration. Since the shelter hours are 7am to 2pm, it is helpful if the HDS intern has at least one week day where four or five of the total hours fall within this window. Many current interns do a blend of options, making for a varied and rewarding experience.

Commute/Transportation Information:

No information provided.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling

Supervision:

Weekly sessions will be held for review, planning and evaluation of student's work, as well as for theological reflection.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 3

Total Compensation: $4000.00

Type of Compensation: work study

Additional Notes: This site is accredited pending supervision training.

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