Jubilee House


Jubilee House is a collaborative partnership between New Roots AME Church and CRECHE, an organization that seeks to offer community-focused alternatives to the for-profit housing market. The property at 12 Monadnock Street, in Upham’s Corner, Dorchester, will serve as a residence for 6-8 people seeking an intentional living community and as a multi-use venue for restoration, spiritual practice, and cultivating authentic relationships. The first floor will provide common space that can also serve as a multi-use venue for experiments in Jubilee and community outreach. The community's vision for Jubilee House services and programs include: gatherings for community building and education; ministries of food, hospitality, mutual care, and cooperative economics; developing social justice practices; studying movements of the natural world; community gardening and food forestry. We look forward to involving future residents in the design of the residence and development of Jubilee House outreach programs.

  • February 2020 - The vision for Jubilee House initially emerged in February 2020 during a New Roots Retreat. The vision gained energy and traction as New Roots members visited different properties and explored various options, but nothing felt quite right. 
  • December 2021 - New Roots and CRECHE mutually connected to learn from one another and to explore the possibility of starting an intentional community together. 
  • February 2022 - Rev. Isaac Everett (CRECHE) shared a potential opportunity on Monadnock Street from a neighbor to the property and fellow cooperative housing aficionado and now friend of Jubilee House! 
  • September 2022 - With the support of New Roots AME Church, CRECHE purchased 12 Monadnock Street! 
  • What is happening now? CRECHE and New Roots are working hard to fundraise and prepare for the renovations of the physical structure. New Roots’ Jubilee House Committee continues to meet bi-weekly to hold the vision and to prepare for future residents who will connect with the community at New Roots, in Upham’s Corner, in Dorchester, and beyond!

The name "Jubilee House" emerged from New Roots' communal commitment to the biblical concept of jubilee. New Roots Church is a justice-oriented, jubilee-seeking community. We ground ourselves with the Leviticus 25: 8–55 text calling for communities to engage in regular cycles of release, rest (Sabbath), and renewal. In seeking jubilee, the New Roots community centers these principles so that we might honor and share the abundance of God’s provision and love. In being justice-oriented, we seek an equitable distribution of resources and assurance of wellbeing for all in the world. We recognize that our work is not only about righting injustice within systems that currently exist, but also about creating and practicing new, freer ways of being. Jubilee House is a physical manifestation of this vision.

Join In Prayer
Prayers are appreciated for the land and the neighborhood ecosystem of Upham’s Corner, for the future residents and all who might enter the space to be blessed and nourished, for the renovation process and all associated logistics, for the network of relationships surrounding and supporting Jubilee House, for God’s radical imagination and unconditional love to be at the center of it all!

Offer Financial Support
Your gift of any amount will support the emergence of Jubilee House and its community programming. Each dollar will help to make this countercultural vision a reality, a home and haven to many in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods. To contribute to the Jubilee House Fund, please use the form below
by selecting Jubilee House Fund. 

Spread The Word
If you know someone who would be interested in living in Jubilee House or would be excited about the vision of Jubilee House - please spread the word. We know that it takes a village to faithfully bring a vision to life!