• Esther R. Sanger Center for Compassion Esther R. Sanger Center for Compassion


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Mission Statement

The Esther R. Sanger Center for Compassion is dedicated to advancing a culture of compassion. We strive to fulfill this mission through a commitment to meeting the needs of the disenfranchised and marginalized members of the South Shore Community.

By design, we depend on volunteers who we equip, empower, and enable to provide a helping hand, a listening ear, and a kind word for those in need. By emphasizing volunteerism, we build partnerships that help caring individuals be good neighbors to the less fortunate. This approach strengthens the sense of community and provides hundreds of people with a way to outwardly express the compassion for the fellow human beings in the midst of crisis.

We have always served those outside the system-those marginalized by a system too big and too personal or those so overwhelm end by crisis that they don't know where to turn. Our programs respond to the whole person-body, mind, and spirit-and they are designed to respond to unmet needs through partnership with other agencies.

We are a resource to churches, businesses, schools, and other nonprofits, helping them to bring healing to the hurting parts of our community. We are particularly proud of our numerous partnerships with schools, from elementary schools to colleges,since this work helps strengthen compassion in the next generation.


The Sanger Center for Compassion operates the Mary Martha learning Center, the Quincy Crisis Center and the Faith Covenant Meal.

The Mary-Martha Learning Center is a residential educational program for homeless families, primarily women with young children. Educational and social services are provided which assist students to achieve positive, long-term changes in their lives and to gain financial independence.

The Quincy Crisis Center Hotline provides a compassionate response to people in crisis through confidential crisis counseling, information and referrals to other agencies that can provide the needed help.

The Food for Families Program delivers free groceries directly to the homes of the hungry, especially targeting those who are unable to access other food pantries, such as the elderly and disabled..

The Faith Covenant Meal is a free nutritious meal served every weekday in Quincy Canter. Over 11,000 meals are served a year with no sign-ups or pre-qualifications involved.

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