Human to Human is a new way for you to follow Jesus’ mission of mercy, compassion and hope.

Human to Human supports outreach programs that provide direct service to community members facing economic, social support, and service challenges.

It is a direct action ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. We are called by the Gospel to the margins of society, and this work is designed to fulfill that call.

While the work is inspired by the teachings of Jesus, we do not preach, we do not evangelize, and no religious participation is required to be part of our communities.

Human to Human is grounded in the deep belief that by acting with pure love we can help to change the nightmare of so many into the dream that God has for us. It is grounded in the deep belief that everyone deserves to be loved and accepted and welcomed as we are, even at our worst.

This message is life-changing. When you start believing it, that you are loved, and that you matter, that you are valued and that your future matters to God and the community that loves you, lives are changed.

We try to collapse the wall between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and see those we serve as people first. And when we feel that way, even as a volunteer, then the people we serve feel that way, too.

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The people who make Human to Human work

Steve Abdow

Steve Abdow

Director, Human to Human

Steve has served as Finance and Administration Officer of the Diocese since 2008, where he is staff liaison to numerous Diocesan committees, and manages the Diocese’s real estate activity. Prior to that he was part of his family’s local, regional restaurant business for 25 years primarily operating the company's dinner house restaurants. He recently served as treasurer of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and as a board member of the Episcopal Church Building Fund. He previously served on the boards of local theater companies, and business and trade organizations while in the restaurant business. In 2019 Steve will be devoting half his time to leading the efforts of Human to Human.

The Rev. Meredyth Ward

The Rev. Meredyth Ward

Director, Walking Together

Meredyth is the director of Walking Together, a ministry of presence in Worcester. She has more than 30 years of experience in the recovery community. She was ordained in 2001, and served parishes for 15 years before returning to her first love—sharing her experience, strength, and hope with homeless and marginally housed people. She received a grant from the Episcopal Church in 2014, and spent more than a year walking the streets of the Main South neighborhood of Worcester, meeting the community and discovering its needs. Walking Together has been located in a storefront at the corner of Main and Oread Streets since March of 2016.
The Rev. Chris Carlisle

The Rev. Chris Carlisle

Director, Building Bridges

Chris is Director of the veterans ministry initiative, “Building Bridges.” Having spent twenty-five years in campus ministry, Chris is now dedicated to veterans’ ministry initiatives, outdoor Christian communities, and the innovation of new expressions of “church” in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Chris has served for seven years on the board of the nonprofit, Equitable Origin (