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The mission of the Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center (GBNCC ) is to provide relief to the most vulnerable, distressed and underprivileged people of the Boston area, with particular emphasis on the Haitian community and the youth in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roselindale and the surrounding communities.
As faith leaders, we explore the root causes of factors that are jeopardizing the health and welfare of our congregations, and take a vested interest in building the capacity of our community through outreach and education. The Dorchester Nazarene Church was among the first Haitian congregations in Boston to openly address the issue of HIV/AIDS prevention and education. We strongly embrace the idea of reaching out and addressing the needs of the whole individual in a culturally complete and sensitive way. Our aim is to promote the health and welfare of our community and also to serve as a supportive link to the wider U.S. social and economic system.
For the past 7 years, the GBNCC has been home to many successful programs and activities that have significantly impacted the lives of many thousands of individuals. GBNCC ’s main program areas are Adult Basic Education (ESL/Computer Literacy), Youth Services (including the Higher Education Resource Center), Health Education, and Food and Nutrition Services.
We have attracted funding from local foundations and corporations, including the Boston Foundation, CCHER, Boston Capacity Tank, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Clippership Foundation, English for New Bostonians, BMA, Komen Foundation, the Boston Foundation and many others. We combine grants, donations, volunteer efforts, church support, and professional services to cover our expenses, and are continually developing relationships with new funders.
New Generation Peer Leader's
Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center is bringing mentors and mentees in formal mentoring relationships together in the community. The mentoring program is providing a basic structure for relationships and support system for the participants involved in the program. Having one-on-one time together with the mentor and mentee doing things that they enjoy a few hours a couple times in the month can make a big difference in someone’s life. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of the mentors and mentees different kinds of situations. The mentors and mentees can meet on the weekends or evenings or even after school. There is no one too busy who can’t fit a few hours to make a difference in a youth’s life.
C.R.E.W. is an academic enrichment and early college awareness program, which seeks to address a multitude of socio-economic hurdles facing inner city youth especially those from low-income communities. CREW is an acronym that stands for Counseling, Recreation, Education and Work Awareness. With these four core aspects we provide individualized academic support and offer opportunities for students to explore new interests and build social and cognitive skills, all of which are essential to healthy development and educational success. The chief aim of C.R.E.W. is to instill self-esteem and spiritually uplifting students between the ages of 7 to 13 in order that they may aspire to achieve greatness. Our program benefits children, parents and communities by providing safe, enriching places for young people to spend their out-of-school time.Our program has activities such as technology, tae kwon doe, reading, math, science and the arts. Our program offers new experiences in community service, or tutoring and mentoring.
"Hearing the Voice/Seeing the Voice (HV/SV)
Greater Boston Nazarene Companionate Center (GBNCC) is currently developing a youth community Leadership program call "Hearing the Voice/Seeing the Voice (HV/SV)." HV/SV is a program that will bring together at risk youth and other youth from Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, and Hyde Park areas to advocate about social justice issues in the community in which they are surrounded by. HV/SV program granted young artists the opportunity to bring their talents out and let their voices be heard. Young artists that are part of our program will have the chance to work with a producer and other artists to compose and record songs that talk about problems that goes wrong in the community and other social issues. Youth artists will also have the chance to explorer their leadership in community and be a role model to other young people. Our purpose of developing Hearing the Voice/Seeing the Voice program is to take some action in the life of the youths who have a dream of doing the right things in life but do not have a person to guard them to succeed. Our goal is to give these youth the opportunity to pursuit goals and dreams in life through educational and social teaching skills. Also to build the youths to turn their life around instead of being the distraction in the community, we will build the youth to be young leaders.
- Claudel Chevry
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