HOPE FOR NEW YORK
New York City Relief
Uptown · The Bronx

New York City Relief is a mobile outreach to the homeless. They connect people to resources that lead to life transformation. Their team of staff and volunteers believe that everyone deserves a place to call home – because homelessness is a struggle, not a life sentence. 

- Mobility is key to their strategy – and as they operate outreaches in NYC and NJ, it allows them to go where the need is greatest

- Their consistency encourages relationships and builds community.

MISSION: To compassionately serve the struggling and homeless by offering hope and resources that lead towards life transformation.

VISION: To inspire a culture of compassion and connection where those struggling with homelessness are seen not as a problem to be solved, but people to be loved. 

OUR PARTNERSHIP
Volunteers deepen their heart for and understanding of how to compassion to the poor and love the poor as Jesus does. Volunteers help to serve meals but also to provide long-term resources to those needing assistance.
Our funding helps to cover the NYC-based sites to cover the meal costs as well as the tolls, insurance, gas, and other costs related to the mobile bus soup kitchen unit.
We have invested in NYC Relief's board development, as well as developing key messaging for their organization as it grows, such as a case statement.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Relief Bus Outreaches

The Relief Bus outreaches feature a custom bus with a built-in kitchen, office, and resource center. They drive the bus to 5 locations 7 times a week. The staff and volunteers serve homemade soup, hot chocolate & fresh bread, while also offering socks, hygiene kits and prayer. 

- By setting up tables & chairs, they create an intentional space that welcomes our guests and invites conversation over a shared meal

- These initial points of engagement lead to Life Care Visits between guests and experienced staff members where deep struggles are shared, individualized action plans are developed, and hope is restored

The Relief Co- Op

The Relief Co- Op outreaches capitalize on existing direct service opportunities, as they send their staff and volunteers to those third-party locations and sync up their compassionate focus on long-term & follow-up care with the immediate care these services are providing. 

- Volunteers will pass out baked goods and beverages, help pick clothing from the clothing closet, offer prayer, and invite conversation with guests while they wait for Life Care Visits 

Age Policy

The minimum age to serve is 12. Anyone age 12 - 17 must complete our Volunteer Application for minors which requires their parent or guardian's signature. They also require proper adult supervision. 

Children age 12 and 13 must each be accompanied by an adult. Children age 14 - 17 must be accompanied by an adult in a ratio of 1 adult per 4 children.


See below to sign up for these opportunities.
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES
OPPORTUNITY
 
TIME
LOCATION
SERVING
New York City Relief

Build Relationships and Distribute Items to Guests at The Relief Co-Op at NYCRM

 
Thu 4262018
10:00 AM 2:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Communities in Need
New York City Relief

Offer Soup, Prayer & Resources - 4th Saturday- The Relief Bus Bronx

 
Sat 4282018
10:00 AM 2:00 PM
The Bronx
Homeless
Communities in Need
Addiction Recovery
New York City Relief

Build Relationships and Distribute Items to Guests at The Relief Co-Op at NYCRM

 
Thu 532018
10:00 AM 2:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Communities in Need
New York City Relief

Offer Soup, Prayer & Resources - 1st Saturday- The Relief Bus Bronx

 
Sat 552018
10:00 AM 2:00 PM
The Bronx
Homeless
Communities in Need
Addiction Recovery
New York City Relief

Build Relationships and Distribute Items to Guests at The Relief Co-Op at NYCRM

 
Thu 5102018
10:00 AM 2:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Communities in Need
New York City Relief

Build Relationships and Distribute Items to Guests at The Relief Co-Op at NYCRM

 
Thu 5172018
10:00 AM 2:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Communities in Need
New York City Relief

Offer Soup, Prayer & Resources - The Relief Bus Harlem

 
Sat 5192018
10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Uptown
Homeless
Communities in Need
Addiction Recovery
New York City Relief

Offer Soup, Prayer & Resources - 4th Saturday- The Relief Bus Bronx

 
Sat 5262018
10:00 AM 2:00 PM
The Bronx
Homeless
Communities in Need
Addiction Recovery
New York City Relief

Build Relationships and Distribute Items to Guests at The Relief Co-Op at NYCRM

 
Thu 5312018
10:00 AM 2:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Communities in Need
New York City Relief

Offer Soup, Prayer & Resources - 1st Saturday- The Relief Bus Bronx

 
Sat 622018
10:00 AM 2:00 PM
The Bronx
Homeless
Communities in Need
Addiction Recovery
New York City Relief

Build Relationships and Distribute Items to Guests at The Relief Co-Op at NYCRM

 
Thu 672018
10:00 AM 2:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Communities in Need
New York City Relief

Build Relationships and Distribute Items to Guests at The Relief Co-Op at NYCRM

 
Thu 6142018
10:00 AM 2:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Communities in Need

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“We aspire to not just feed the homeless, but eat with them, talk with them and do life with them. Our goal is to enter a journey with the poor where we aren’t seen as above them, but alongside them. As we befriend those who may be very different than us, we are showing them honor.”
Juan, Executive Director
MENTIONS
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September 08, 2014
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Engage the Homeless? How?
January 14, 2015
You and I will not be able to solve the “homelessness problem” as defined by the world and the society we live in. But we can find a way to get people to the feet of Jesus and offer folks the one thing that we all need to live a life of purpose and meaning: we can offer hope. Here are 3 practical ways to offer hope to our friends on the street this winter.
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What's next after Don't Walk By 2016?
March 04, 2016
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Stories of Hope this Easter
March 20, 2016
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What our interns learned at Mini-Don't Walk By
August 15, 2016
As interns with Hope for New York this summer, we wanted to get experience volunteering on the ground with some of Hope for New York’s affiliates, especially those serving the homeless. The Mini Don't Walk By outreach through New York City Relief impacted us in a big way.
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10 Ways You Can Serve After Thanksgiving
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Prayers for Our Neighbors Who Are Hungry
November 30, 2016
We seek to be a people who serve our poor and marginalized neighbors in both word and deed. We put feet to our faith as we tangibly serve our neighbors, and we also go to the Father on their behalf, presenting their needs to Him in prayer. Won't you join us in praying for our hungry neighbors this season?
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Tips for Engaging with Your Homeless Neighbors
January 24, 2017
It can be intimidating, walking up to someone you don’t know in a city of 8.5 million people. Especially someone whose current situation feels so far removed from anything you've experienced. We asked three people who spend their lives engaging with our homeless neighbors for tips on how they do what they do.
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5 Things to Know About Our Neighbors Experiencing Homelessness
February 27, 2018
I've worked with men and women living on the streets for seven years now. In that time, I've talked with countless people struggling with homelessness and addiction—and I've come to know God more fully as a result of those relationships. Here are five things I've learned in the past seven years.
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Walking in Freedom: A Story of Hope
April 12, 2018
Detra is a preacher’s daughter who moved from Arkansas to NYC to escape an abusive husband and then became homeless. She shares the story of how God used the New York City Rescue Mission to show her she can be real with her pain and walk in the freedom of who God created her to be.
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