Coronavirus Crisis

In light of the Coronavirus Crisis:

GMCC SURVEY COMING TO YOU

Greetings GMCC Family, we would like you to respond to a survey to help us better understand your needs and in what ways we can improve to help us stay spiritually connected to each other as well as plan for our return to the church building. It will only take 5 minutes of your time to complete the survey and we hope to have 100% participation. Please check your email and respond the May 30th deadline has been extended. Thank you in advance. 

GMCC REMAINING CLOSED

Please be advised that our church door will remain closed as we prayerfully plan a process and procedures that promote the safety and well being of everyone. Therefore, we will continue to fellowship, pray, testify and teach virtually for now. Pastor Bruce and the GMCC leadership will be notifying you of an all-church virtual meeting to share the results of the survey and plan for our return. Until then we look forward to advancing the work of Christ through our radio, TV and social media network.

You can log on by using your tablet, phone or computer.

-BostonPraiseRadio.tv (watch on Screen One or Two)

-YouTube (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Facebook Live (Search for Pastor Bruce Wall)

-Roku TV (search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Apple TV (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Tuneinradio.com (Download the app and Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-the phone Dial 712-770-7534 and you will hear the prayer meeting and SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

service

 Join Us for Friday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 - 7:50

To View the Prayer Meeting:

Click on the Radio & TV tab in the menu above

-BostonPraiseRadio.tv (watch on Screen One or Two)

-YouTube (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV) or

-Facebook Live (Search for Pastor Bruce Wall)

-Roku TV (search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-Apple TV (Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

To Listen To Prayer Meeting:

-Tuneinradio.com (Download the app and Search for Boston Praise Radio &TV)

-the phone, Dial 712-770-7534 and you will hear the prayer meeting and SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

service

 •Tithes and offerings can be sent directly to the church. Click here Giving (Push Pay) or Giving (PayPal). Tithes and offerings can also be mailed to 670 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124 (No cash please. Checks or money orders only) or by text. Pull out your smartphone and text 77977. Type GMCCgive. You will then be able to type the amount you want to contribute and click whether it is a one time gift or a recurring gift.

•If there are concerns that require you to call the church please call 617-282-7794.

That line will be checked 3 times a day, once in the morning, late afternoon and at 9pm.

Messages will be relayed to the appropriate staff person.


Coronavirus Information

CDC

City Of Boston Coronavirus Site

Massachusetts Coronavirus Site 

COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide for Homeless Support

Boston Homelessness Providers and Community Meal Programs

●     Resource Guide

Food Access

●     Free Breakfast and Meal Sites

●     General BPS Meal Needs

○     Contact Laura Benavidez (lbenavidez@bostonpublicschools.org)

●     Out-of-District Students

○     Contact Kristin Dearden (kdearden@bostonpublicschools.org) if you have been displaced out-of-district and are in need of food delivery.

○     All out-of-district students are eligible to receive food from one of the food pick-up sites in the school district where they reside.

●     Pandemic EBT Cards

○     Eligibility: All BPS students are eligible to receive a P-EBT card. These will be mailed directly to the address listed in ASPEN. The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits and does not impact a family’s or child’s immigration status. All undocumented BPS families are eligible for a P-EBT card.

○     Address Changes: Students whose address on ASPEN SIS is not up to date can call the BPS Helpline (617-635-8773) or Project Bread (800-645-8333) to update their address.

○     P-EBT Card Information Sheet

●     Boston Food Access Network (overview of relevant organizations)

Technology Access

●     Families experiencing homelessness can contact Brian Marques (bmarques@bostonpublicschools.org) to request a BPS Chromebook and/or hotspot.

Clothing and Hygiene Items

●     All BPS food pick-up sites have hygiene items available through Catie’s Closet.

●     Additional requests for clothing and/or hygiene items through Catie’s Closet can be made to Isatu Mansaray (imansaray@bostonpublicschools.org).

Housing Support Resources

●     The Housing Need Flowchart has been developed to help school homeless liaisons assist families to navigate to the right housing support service.

●     Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Housing Voucher Program: BPS families experiencing homelessness that meet the eligibility requirements should apply to receive a BHA Housing Voucher. Families can contact Kedan Harris (kharris@bostonpublicschools.org) for assistance to start the referral process.

●     Office of Housing Stability: In general, the City’s Office of Housing Stability is an excellent resource for families facing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

●     Rapid Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT): RAFT is a state-funded program that allows families and individuals to stay housed or move into their next home during periods of housing instability and crisis.

Legal Services/Unlawful Eviction

●     Greater Boston Legal Services

●     Boston Office of Fair Housing & Equity

●     MassLegalHelp COVID-19 Resources

Unaccompanied Youth

●     Unaccompanied youth are those students who are not only experiencing homelessness, but are without their parent or guardian.

●     No Safe Place to Sleep at Night: Unaccompanied youth who do not have a safe place to stay should go to Bridge Over Troubled Waters for shelter. Bridge can also support a variety of stabilization, wraparound services and access to Rapid Rehousing programs for youth through the City’s “Rising to the Challenge” youth homelessness initiative.

○     Eligibility for Rapid Rehousing

○     Rapid Rehousing Referral Form

●     Case Management and Service Referral Support: In general, BPS partners with JRI YouthHarbors to provide case management assistance, stabilization and connections to wraparound services for unaccompanied youth through their Housing Peer Navigators.

○     Housing Peer Navigator Referral Forms

Healthcare & Medical Needs

●     Boston Public Health Commission Homeless Services

●     Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program: Providing healthcare and access to medical services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Immigrant Families

●     Boston Office of Immigrant Advancement

○     COVID-19 Resource Guide for Boston’s Immigrants

Additional Resource Needs

●     HelpSteps Website & App: HelpSteps is an excellent tool to find social services based on need and location. These resources are also available via phone (dial 2-1-1).

●     General Requests for Assistance and Service Referrals: The BPS Homeless Education Resource Network (HERN) can assist with referrals to a variety of service needs.

○     Email Kedan Harris (kharris@bostonpublicschools.org)