District 4 Councilor
Rev. Dr. Sarai Rivera of 7 Lucian Street, a clinical therapist and co-senior pastor of Christian Community Church, is serving her fourth two-year term as District Four Councilor. Councilor Rivera is also a consultant for the Shalom Neighborhood Center, an organization she helped co-found. She's also a Clinical Therapist/Consultant, a Visiting Professor at Assumption College, community organizer and an active member of various Boards, initiatives and Commissions throughout the City of Worcester engaging in community work and serving as an advocate for social justice.
District Four generally includes the following neighborhoods: Green Island, Kelley Square, lower Vernon Hill, the Canal District south of Kelley Square, Four Corners, Main South, South Worcester, Piedmont, Crown Hill, downtown west of Main Street, Gardner/Kilby/Hammond, Clark University, Webster Square and Highland Street east of Park Avenue.
Councilor Rivera is a graduate of Doherty Memorial High School. She is an alumna of Worcester State College (Bachelors of Science - Psychology); the University of Connecticut School Social Work (Masters in Social Work - concentration in Clinical and Group Work) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctorate in Urban Ministries - publication Developing Agents of Shalom: Leadership Development for Community Transformation - specific focus on Latino Leadership.
Councilor Rivera believes that building on the strengths of District Four and working with diverse constituencies are issues of high priority.
Ordained in 2000, Rev. Rivera co-founded Christian Community Church with her husband, the Rev. Jose Encarnacion. They are co-pastors of the successful urban ministry that is a catalyst for change through faith in action and community organizing. She is the Recipient of various awards and recognitions for her work and dedication both locally and abroad.
You may contact Councilor Rivera at her office Room 206, City Hall, by calling 508-799-1049 or via email RiveraSA@worcesterma.gov.