The following utilize space at Harvard-Epworth and provide services to their members.
Youth on Fire (YOF), a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street – involved youth, ages 14-24, located at Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church. Over 3,000 youth have benefitted from YOF since the program opened its doors in the Spring of 2000.
The primary goals of Youth on Fire are to:
Last year, Youth on Fire served over 650 young adults, with over 5,000 visits to the center, and connected members to:
To see photos of the space and our activities, please go to our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/YouthOnFireMA
A.A., as spelled out in its Preamble, “is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions…”
A.A. traces its beginnings back to Bill W.’s 1935 meeting with cofounder Dr. Bob S., an Akron, Ohio, physician who also suffered from alcoholism. After Dr. Bob took his last drink on June 10 of that year, the two men set about to aid other alcoholics. The Fellowship had about 100 members by 1939, when they published Alcoholics Anonymous, the society’s basic text, which is now in its fourth edition and has been published in 59 languages. By 1950, he year of Dr. Bob’s passing, A.A. had 100,000 members and was reaching out to many countries.
Today A.A. has a presence in between 150 and 180 countries, with an estimated total of 115,773 groups and more than 2 million members worldwide.
AA meetings at Harvard-Epworth are Mon.-Fri. (Noon-1:00 p.m.) and Thursday (6:00-7:00 p.m.) in the Library of the church.
For more information about AA, click on: www.aa.org
Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with NA meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early 1950s. The NA program started as a small US organization that has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest international organizations of its type.
Today the organization is truly a worldwide multilingual multicultural fellowship with
more than 58,000 weekly meetings in 131 countries. Narcotics Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in 39 languages, with translations in process for 16 additional languages.
NA’s earliest self-titled pamphlet, known among members as “the White Booklet,” describes Narcotics Anonymous this way:
“NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We … meet regularly to help each other stay clean. … We are not interestedin what or how much you used … but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help.”
NA meetings at Harvard-Epworth are Tuesday (7:30-9:00 p.m.) and Thursday (7:00-8:30 p.m.) in the basement of the church.
For more information about NA, click on: www.na.org
On the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 7:30 to 9:30. This is beginner friendly, with no experience required. Cost is $4 for students and $7 for general admission. For more information see http://www.cds-boston.org/friday.htm
This coffee house meets on Thursdays at 9:00pm
On the first and third Fridays of each month at 7:00 p.m. This arts ministry includes lectures, musical performances, movies and more.
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