Welcome to
The Soul Food Project

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. 

Dorothy Day

Soul Food For Thought

A close-up photo of Rev. Melissa Tustin. She is a white woman with shoulder length brown hair wearing a brown sweater and a necklace made of tiny turquoise beads.

Welcome to the
Soul Food Project

I'm Rev. Melissa Tustin, Director of the Soul Food Project, a pilot program in interfaith spiritual support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities regardless of religious affiliation. We provide interfaith resources, training and consulting services to caregivers and faith communities in the Northeast Region seeking to honor the human need for meaning and connection. Learn more about spiritual support. Book a training event or consultation. The Soul Food Project is funded by Minute Man Arc, through grants from CHNA-Area 15 and Emerson Hospital and by the Northeast Region of the Department of Developmental Services.

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Available Training Materials and Consulting Services

Beginning in September 2021, caregivers, agencies and faith leaders within the Northeast Region of the Department of Developmental Services may request training or individual consultation in spiritual support. Book an appointment here.

Soul Food 101

40 minute introduction to the spiritual support process 

Accessible Grief Care

40 minutes of best practices in grief support 

Accessible End-of-Life Care

40 minutes on goodbye counseling, advanced directives and memorial planning

Soul Food Recipes

40 minutes on simple, non-religious spiritual practices that can reduce anxiety and increase connection 

Inclusive Faith

40 minute introduction to inclusive practices for faith communities


Contact us to book a 1 hour consultation on a spiritual support topic of your choice. 

The Soul Food Project
c/o West Concord Union Church

1317 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742

About us

The Soul Food Project provides interfaith resources, training and consulting services in spiritual support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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