About:
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. 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, beverages & fresh bread, while also offering socks, hygiene kits and prayer. Age Policy: The minimum age to serve is 16. Anyone age 16-17 must complete our Volunteer Application for minors which requires their parent or guardian's signature. They also require proper adult supervision. Minors age 16 - 17 must be accompanied by an adult in a ratio of 1 adult per 4 children.
Mission
To compassionately serve the struggling and homeless by offering hope and resources that lead towards life transformation
Serving
Addiction Recovery
Communities in Need
Homeless
Affiliate Since
2004

Our Partnership

Mobilizing Volunteers
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.
Making Grants To Fund Programs
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.
Training And Consulting
We have invested in City Relief's board development, as well as developing key messaging for their organization as it grows, such as a case statement.

Volunteer Opportunities

"What I love most about City Relief is that we get to operate out of compassion and not pity. Pity would make the soup we serve or the socks we give out the end goal. But through compassion, these resources instead become an invitation for a deeper relationship."

Joe Bae, Outreach Leader
Joe Bae, Outreach Leader

Mentions

Aug 08.02.2021

This past year, our affiliates have faced many changes, including some updates to organization names! Here are the reasons why three affiliates refreshed their names:

 

City Relief (formerly New York City Relief)

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City Relief logo

 

At their Virtual Spring Gala in April, New York City Relief officially changed their name to City Relief

Jul 07.21.2021

Note: When Exilic held their annual Hope for New York Sunday, congregant Albert Lee was inspired to write about how he began volunteering with City Relief (formerly New York City Relief), whose mission is to compassionately serve the struggling and homeless by offering hope and resources that lead towards life transformation. This post

May 05.18.2021
Our first Virtual Homelessness Summit was an impactful day focused on the challenges our homeless neighbors face daily. More than 300 attendees tuned into the online Rescue Alliance event on a Saturday morning to be educated, equipped, and engaged!