The New York City Rescue Mission (NYCRM) is the oldest shelter in the United States, providing spiritual hope, education, food, clothing, and shelter to New Yorkers in crisis. The NYCRM provides emergency and preventative services through the THRIVE Program, an innovative approach to combating episodic and chronic homelessness. THRIVE embodies three pathways: Emergency Food & Shelter, Workforce Readiness, and Workforce Development. All pathways offer support to hurting New Yorkers and opportunities for our gracious volunteers to engage directly in making social impact.
Our volunteers participate in resume building and career guidance in the Career & Learning Center for participants of the THRIVE Program. They also provide spiritual counseling and serve in the Emergency Food & Shelter Pathway program.
Our funding supports the Career & Learning Center, and the the Workforce Readiness and Workforce Development pathways of the THRIVE Program. These focus areas provide homeless men and women the tools and skills to survive and thrive.
We provide NYCRM staff with fund and leadership development resources, as well as trainings related to Board development.
Once a month I would work with a team of volunteers to pack up and distribute bags of pantry and produce items to the local Chinatown residents in need, as well as volunteer for special holiday banquets the Mission hosts for the poor and marginalized. Although those we serve do not speak English, God has impressed on me that communicating His love and compassion happens not just through words, but through our warm smiles, a touch on the arm and a simple “good to see you”, as well as being a regular place of hope in their lives by faithfully serving each month. Volunteering in a pantry has also challenged my thinking on the ways that God provides, ways that are unexpected and even surprising so that I have a little bit better understanding of what an awesome God I serve.