Make a Difference In the Mattapan Community
Here’s How To Get Involved
Volunteer At The Store
We need help during store operating hours! Volunteers will help keep the store running, greet customers, and be a part of revitalizing Mattapan Square. Every volunteer slot that is filled helps us stay customer and people-focused, so we can engage with the community and make sure everyone who enters the store feels welcomed, loved, and known. Time slots are 1-3 hours and can be flexible. Sign up via the link below and someone will follow up with you.
Training is provided, and hours are flexible. Pick the day that works for you, and you can decide the length of time + hours that you volunteer.
Stock The Crisis Center
Shop our Amazon Wishlist (and don’t forget to use Amazon Smile) to supply the store with these items! We’re always in need of diapers, formula, and brand-new baby items. This amazon wishlist is our list of high-demand items. Purchases come straight to us!
If you have items to donate to the store please see the donation link below. Appointments are required for all donations.
Donate Goods And Supplies
If you’d like to donate items to the Blessing Barn, please follow the instructions located at the link below. We accept gently used: kitchen items, household items, home decor, baby items, clothing, linens, toys, shoes, and jewelry. All linen and clothing must be laundered before being donated. At this time, we cannot accept furniture donations. You can request to donate furniture to the Mendon store by clicking here.
Appointments are required for all donations.
Volunteer In The Crisis Center
The Crisis Center is a place for individuals to receive help, counseling, and assistance for all sorts of needs. Our primary program is the fill-in program where individuals have immediate needs (like diapers, formula, kitchen items, clothes etc.) met. We need volunteers who are willing to be trained to be available by appointment to work with fill-in program clients.
Training will be provided and is mandatory.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Blessing Barn?
The Blessing Barn Home Store is a thrift store and sharing center with locations in Mendon, Beacon Hill, and Mattapan. All items sold are donated by people in the community. The profits of the sales at the store go directly into the community by sponsoring crisis care programs operated by Compassion New England.
StoryHeights Foundation partnered with Compassion New England to open the Blessing Barn location in Mattapan, where a Crisis Center is operated on location.
What Is The Crisis Center?
In partnership with Compassion New England, StoryHeights Foundation operates a Crisis Center in Mattapan inside the Blessing Barn. The Crisis Center serves individuals in need of basic necessities in emergent situations. We have had the privilege to serve people in a wide range of circumstances. From house fires to unexpected pregnancies, job loss, homelessness, immigrants recently arriving in Boston, as well as individuals escaping domestic violence – whatever the situation, people in need will find a trained Care Representative ready to help.
How Exactly Is StoryHeights Involved?
StoryHeights Foundation partnered with Compassion New England to open Blessing Barn Mattapan and the Crisis Center at 1595 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126 on April 3rd, 2021.
Through this sharing center, we are working to provide citizens a luxurious place to shop with dignity, as well as offer a voucher system for basic goods to those in need. Our Crisis Center works to meet the needs of the local community through the funds of this store. We currently employ a full-time staff member to direct the crisis center and fund many of the projects the center is taking on. The Blessing Barn’s day-to-day operations are run and managed by Compassion New England. The Crisis Center is run by both StoryHeights Foundation and Compassion New England through a shared partnership.
Since starting StoryHeights in 2012, we’ve had our eye on this corner of the city. From various partnerships with organizations in the area to connections through StoryHeights members and congregants Mattapan has always been on our hearts. In 2016 God gave us the vision to open a retail shop in Mattapan Square. We stayed faithful to that vision and our partners in the area. After 5 years of waiting and praying, in Early 2021 the opportunity to open Blessing Barn Mattapan came up, and we took a leap forward in faith! Since opening in April of 2021, we’ve seen incredible favor and blessing from city officials and community members. We’ve helped countless individuals, and are humbled and honored to be a part of the vibrant community in Mattapan.
What Are The Hours For The Store?
The Blessing Barn Homestore in Mattapan is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.