Download our HFNY Resource Card as a way to engage homeless and hungry neighbors.
Read Tim Keller's outline of "Wholistic Ministry" and the Biblical call of the church to minister in both word and deeds of mercy and justice.
Watch our workshop on "How to Care for our Homeless Neighbors," outlining practical ways to serve our homeless neighbors and connect them to resources.
Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road
Dr. Tim Keller
|Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
Dr. Tim Keller
|When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself
To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City
Mark R. Gornik
Ellice Lee has been an awesome Hope for New York volunteer for 11 years (!!!), serving high school students in the South Bronx with Morris Academy Mentors.
Ellice, who is a freelance graphic designer and attend Redeemer East Side, says volunteering with MAM has given her a bigger picture of the Gospel.
"Walking through life with our amazing kids in our complicated, yet brilliant city—it just feels so real," she says."Living social justice together with people I'd have never known otherwise feels so Gospel real."
What made you want to start volunteering with Morris Academy Mentors? Teens have always frightened me—especially when I was one. I figured I should face my fear and what I received in return is a lifelong desire to serve these young adults. So, once I moved to NY, it's one of the first things I sought to do & have been doing it ever since.
What kinds of challenges are the students in the Morris Academy Mentoring program facing? Poverty, abandonment, violence, lack of resources, lack of consistent community, trust, and a home (in every sense of the word).
What has been rewarding about volunteering? What has been challenging? The rewarding things have been being humbled by our kids' grace in the midst of their incredible lack, staying in touch with my former mentees and seeing each other through different life stages, and living social justice work with incredible people (students, fellow volunteers, teachers).
The challenging part is witnessing, year after year, the inequity of resources and support for our community— it's still the poorest congressional district in the country. The generational poverty falling upon our kids who are forced to grow up too fast.
What have you been able to do with the kids in the program because of Hope for New York's volunteer impact grant? We've done loads of creative & fun projects/trips with our kids, thanks for HFNY's funding. Even something as simple as taking them out to eat after our session and showing them different kinds of foods and that healthy food can actually taste good!
What's been your favorite memory from MAM? Too many to choose from. But if I had to say one thing—it's having lifelong relationships with them.
How have you grown in your relationship with Christ through volunteering? Walking through life with our amazing kids in our complicated, yet brilliant city—it just feels so real. Living social justice together with people I'd have never known otherwise feels so gospel real.
Interested in joining Ellice as a volunteer for children & youth programs this fall? Check out our mentoring page for more information.Related Affiliates: Morris Academy Mentoring Program