is to create a community-focused alternative to the for-profit housing market that is rooted in relationship and mutuality: co-housing communities in which people live like families, sharing meals, common spaces, and the rhythms of home care.
Isaac Everett (he/him) | Executive Director
Isaac is a passionate believer in intentional community; he co-founded one such community with five collaborators in 2011 and has lived there with his partner ever since, and was a part of the founding team that conceived and created CRECHE. Before joining the CRECHE staff, Isaac served as the Minister of Liturgical Arts at The Crossing, a Boston-based church plant, and had a ten-year career as a session musician in New York City prior to that.
Isaac spends his spare time making music, coaching weightlifters, and playing nerdy board games.
You can contact Isaac at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel Figueroa (he/him) | President
Angel is a proud Puerto Rican born and raised in Greater New York, and is a founding member of the St Mary's House. He has lived in Ohio, Idaho, Montana, and Chicago before moving to Boston to work for Episcopal City Mission, where he uses his background in faith-based organizing to engage Episcopalians in the work of economic and racial justice. He first encountered faith-based community organizing while attending the Lutheran School of Theology of Chicago, from which he graduated with a Masters of Arts in Theological Study.
Chelsea Smith (she/her) | Treasurer
Chelsea has lived in five different intentional communities in Boston and Michigan. With a background in administration and bookkeeping, she has worked as an office manager/bookkeeper at a small church, an administrative assistant with an Episcopal farm ministry, and accounting assistant for the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters, and co-coordinator of a community garden. She now works for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts as Assistant for Governance and Administration.
Sabrina Johnson (she/her)
Sabrina is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of the Jubilee House Committee of New Roots African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is also a Certified Social and Emotional Intelligence coach and a Lead Analyst at National Grid. Sabrina values intentional communities because of the myriad of benefits they offer related to social engagement, living out one’s beliefs, mutual aid, housing insecurity, gentrification, stewardship, and sustainability. She is interested in empowering people (including myself) to become our best selves, continuous improvement, and lifelong learning.
Kyrah Rodriguez (she/her)
Kyrah is the Director of New Life Relocation Consultants, an agency that provides both relocation and support services to residents in affordable and mixed income communities. She’s seen firsthand the impact that quality housing can have on people’s lives, and is excited by the way Creche lives in the intersection between housing justice and spiritual community. In addition to her community work, she’s a former co-warden at the Parish of St Paul Newton Highlands and has been deeply involved in immigrant justice and the Sanctuary movement.
Michael Zanhiser (he/him) | Clerk
Michael has founded two intentional communities in Boston, one in Jamaica Plain and one in Dorchester, where he now lives with his wife and several housemates. He works as a software engineer for a firm designing autonomous vehicles. He’s interested in intentional community both as a politically and socially radical idea (sharing space and expenses in order to live more simply and sustainably) and as a form of Christian witness and spiritual formation, seeing voluntary interdependence as an antidote for our increasingly isolated and independent lives.
Rev Edwin Johnson (he/him)
(The Rev.) Edwin Johnson is a self-described smiling-dancing-Jesus freak. The product of two proud Episcopalians/Anglicans from Montserrat and Costa Rica; Edwin has had a deep appreciation of the broad flavor and diversity of our church, along with the great opportunities that exist to create Beloved Community. He is currently the Director of Organizing for Episcopal City Mission. Prior to joining the team at Episcopal City Mission he served as the Rector at St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester, a diverse, multilingual congregation committed not only to meeting and caring for Lazarus at the gate but also organizing around why there is such poverty and suffering in the first place. After over twelve years of Parish ministry Edwin is excited to manifest his priesthood more broadly through the work of social justice while continuing his general church leadership around Beloved Community. While confronting the injustice and racism in our world is hard, Edwin has a lot of fun doing so alongside the members of his community and his family including his partner Susan and their sons Francisco and Santiago. Edwin enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, lifting weights and dancing and is excited to continue to make friends and co-conspirators of all ages!
Saint Mary's House
Congregation: St Mary's Episcopal Church
Located in the heart of Dorchester by Ronan Park, the St Mary’s House is just under twenty minutes from St Mary’s Episcopal Church on foot. With six bedrooms, a beautiful porch, a spacious backyard, ample common space, and a sauna in the basement, the Saint Mary's House is well-equipped to house a vibrant community. The St Mary's House is also Creche's first partnership with a historically Black congregation, and we could not be more excited!
Congregation: Emmanuel Church
Emmanuel House is committed to cultivating community space for contemplative repose, urban agriculture, and arts events. They live in a historic “Tudorbethan” single-family home in Allston. Their community life involves a morning prayer routine, and maintaining a community garden in their yard where neighborhood members are invited to relax, connect, and help themselves to the harvest.
Neighborhood: Newton Centre
Congregation: Trinity Parish
Trinity House is a graduate student community located right next door to Trinity Parish in Newton. Residents engage in cross-discipline dialogue, commiserate about the demands of school, and share the joys and responsibilities of a communal home life. Residents set aside time to tend to their shared and individual spiritual lives, and value the unique and generative experience of living in community during the liminal space of graduate school.
Each CRECHE community is formed in a year-long discernment process with a partner congregation. Our partner congregations are:
Grant funding and loans support the work of building intentional community, from operations funding to the recent purchase of a house in Dorchester where we will launch the St Mary’s community. We receive funding from: