Still Small pairs our shows up with charities that relate in some way to the theme of the show, in order to raise awareness and funds for the work they're doing. Here's where we give a shout-out to the places we love!
Amirah – Amirah is a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to serving survivors of human trafficking. Their services to survivors include medical, legal, and therapeutic referrals; help finding jobs; support groups; and plans for a safe house on the North Shore. Additionally, Amirah also educates both professionals and laypersons on ways to recognize and respond to human trafficking. Amirah was supported by the proceeds of the first run of How I Met Our Father, and is our default charity partner for our touring performances of How I Met Our Father as well. For more information, please visit www.amirahboston.org
Voice of the Martyrs – The Voice of the Martyrs is an international organization dedicated to supporting the persecuted Church. Their work includes caring for families of martyrs, providing medical assistance to those who suffer for their faith, aiding persecuted Christians in sharing their faith, and keeping the wider church informed of the plight of our brothers and sisters. Voice of the Martyrs was supported with the proceeds from the original production of The Day Between, in recognition of the fact that many of the people portrayed in the show eventually gave their lives for the Gospel. It was also our charity partner for both the original and the touring productions of The Diary of Perpetua. Voice of the Martyrs advocates sometimes join our talkbacks as well. For more information, please visit www.persecution.com
Open Doors -Open Doors similarly serves the persecuted church, and is a "sister organization" to the Voice of the Martyrs. Proceeds from the touring production of The Day Between support their ministry. For more information, please visit www.opendoorsusa.org.
Heart4Iran -Heart4Iran is a network of 100+ ministries working to give Iranians access to the Gospel, and to bring both the hope and the struggle of Iranian Christians into the mainstream media and forefront of Christian philanthropy. They work through social media, broadcasting, underground church planting and more to reach the spiritually hungry inside Iran. The 2019 production of The Prophet Project supported their Bible distribution efforts, because the show centers so much on the power of God's Word, and because the prophets' focus on justice is so relevant to the human rights issue of restricting access to Scripture. For more information, please visit heart4iran.com.
Beverly Bootstraps – Beverly Bootstraps is a nonprofit in Beverly MA (the same place SSTT rehearses!) dedicated to giving people “a hand up, not a hand out.” They have served the Beverly area since 1992, focusing on providing services that help people achieve self-sufficiency. Among their offerings are adult education (including ESOL training, computer training, job preparation and more), food assistance (including a food pantry and summer lunch program), and family services (such as their after-school homework club and their summer camp). Beverly Bootstraps is a leading social service agency in their area and stands out for excellent financial stewardship. Beverly Bootstraps was supported by the proceeds of a number of the early repertory performances of How I Met Our Father. For more information, visit www.beverlybootstraps.org
Gospel for Asia– Bridge of Hope Program – Gospel for Asia's Bridge of Hope program provides education (along with regular medical checkups, a daily meal, uniforms, and love) to the poorest children in India and a number of other Asian nations. These children are also taught in word and action about the love of Jesus Christ. Whole families are transformed by the change they see in their children, and the cycle of poverty and oppression is broken by the dignity and opportunities that education affords. GFA was supported by the proceeds of the 2013 production ofThe Prophet Project, which similarly emphasized both the Gospel and the need for social justice. For more information, visit www.gfa.org
Worcester Alliance for Refugee Ministry (WARM) - WARM is an organization mobilizing churches in the Worcester area to reach out to the refugee population. Most of our performances in the Hopkinton area have supported their work. For more information, please visit www.warmwelcoming.org.
Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices - BCPC offers compassionate support to women and men dealing with unplanned pregnancies. With the goal of helping individuals make informed decisions about unplanned or unwanted pregnancies, and providing support after those decisions are made, they offer services free of charge. They do not make referrals for abortion, but rather provide services such as ultrasounds, options counseling, and post-abortion counseling. BCPC was our charity partner for the original production of Today, In This Town (known then as A Beverly Nativity Cycle), because Jesus himself was an unplanned pregnancy in human terms. For more information please visit bostonpregnancychoices.org.
Catholic Charities - Refugee Resettlement Ministries - Catholic Charities is doing crucial work around the country helping refugees resettle in the United States, coordinating teams of people from the community to provide support and help newcomers adapt, and offering transitional housing assistance and more. Their refugee resettlement work was the recipient of our second season of Today, In This Town, since Jesus spent his childhood as a refugee. For more information please visit welcomehomenorthampton.org or the Catholic Charities website.
Safe Passage - Safe Passage offers support and help to those who are experiencing domestic violence in the Northampton area. They were our charity partner for Measure for Measure (which deals with the dynamics of abuse), helping us with our efforts to educate ourselves and our audience about domestic violence, and attending the Northampton talkback. For more information please visit safepass.org.