About Redeemer Downtown
Redeemer Downtown is a part of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church network. This family of churches and ministries exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice, and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, the world.
Redeemer Downtown is passionate about serving the specific affiliates below that support vulnerable and marginalized communities in the downtown NYC neighborhood. To see all volunteer opportunities across our city, visit hfny.org/volunteer.
The Father's Heart Ministry
The Father's Heart Ministries provide services to the unemployed, at-risk youth, immigrants, and those without social or family support.
Mission: To declare and demonstrate God's love through practical expressions of compassion! Volunteers can serve through meal service, ESL and GED classes, and mentoring.
Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts: The Father’s Heart continues to assess safety protocols as they make organizational decisions. This includes operations involved with men’s transitional, kid’s zone and their hunger prevention programming. The Father’s Heart continues to provide access to food that is healthy and without cost to clients. Homeless guests who relied on passersby to provide food, are given food to last for several days and clients receive information on where they can go during the week for food. During this period, The Father’s Heart experienced serving an increase in the amount of clients per week along with an increase in new clients requesting for food.
The Salvation Army (14th Street)
The Salvation Army provides services to those in need, including emergency social service programs, after-school programs, and disaster relief.
Mission: To help without discrimination the "poorest of the poor"—the hungry, homeless, and indigent who have nowhere to turn and often suffer alone because of societal indifference or disdain.
Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts: The Salvation Army continues to serve under-resourced neighborhoods in the Greater New York City area including the downtown area. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased number of lay-offs, unemployment and decreased income. The emergency feeding programs have been one of several key ways to serve many vulnerable populations including the elderly, migrants, families experiencing food insecurity and people experiencing homelessness.
The Bowery Mission
The Bowery Mission is a faith-based program that offers compassionate care such as food, shelter, clothing, showers, and chapel services for homeless and hungry men, women, and children. The Bowery Mission's Community Hope Resource Center offers vocational training and employment assistance for men and women in the Mission's long-term residential recovery program as well as people from the surrounding community.
Mission: To minister in New York City to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.
Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts: New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis gain access to services that meet their immediate felt needs in a compassionate manner. Each day, The Bowery Mission’s Bowery Campus provides more than 300 to-go breakfast meals and more than 450 to-go lunch meals on average. Additionally, they are providing a modified shower and clothing program. The Bowery Mission’s Tribeca Campus is continuing to provide safe overnight shelter, dinner, hygiene care, and a to-go breakfast daily to a total of 194 guests. They are providing essential services to many more people in great need who have no home, no family, and nowhere else to go.
City Relief (formerly New York City Relief)
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.
Mission: To compassionately serve the struggling and homeless by offering hope and resources that lead towards life transformation
Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts: During the COVID-19 crisis, City Relief has devoted more resources to meeting immediate basic needs delivered onsite at the Relief Bus and Relief Co-op Outreaches, including emergency food relief and socks to the poor and marginalized in the NYC Metro Area. City Relief works to make these resources available online to guests as well. In addition, City Relief has incorporated information about safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on flyers, which are given to guests. And, finally, City Relief’s follow-up team has continued to keep in contact with guests to ensure they have the essentials they need during this time. Life Care Visits have transitioned to occur predominantly over the phone or online, for the safety of guests and staff alike. They fully intend to continue this vital work to serve as many as possible, for as long as needed. City Relief estimates that at least 11,000 unique guests will receive a hot meal, socks and/or information about current available services.
Center for All Abilities
Center for All Abilities (CAA) is a community-based nonprofit organization with locations in Chinatown, Manhattan and Flushing, Queens. CAA offers enrichment programs for children and youth with special needs and their families so that they may recognize their potential and thrive. Programs include a Mentoring Program, Creative Arts Therapy Program, Vocational Training Baking Program, Children's Playgroup, and Parent Support Group.
Mission: To empower people of all abilities to recognize their potential and thrive in the community. We envision a world where those of all abilities can integrate fully in society!
Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts: Center for All Abilities will continue to be able to provide programming and resources to children and youth with special needs and their families. Although some programs have been continuing in a virtual format due to COVID-19, they plan on opening them again after the pandemic.
Next Step Community Church (formerly Recovery House of Worship)
Next Step Community Church creates environments to help hurting people heal, from providing holistic care to those experiencing or recovering from addiction to meeting the practical needs of individuals and families in Downtown Brooklyn. Current programming includes serving at their community food pantry or breakfast, visitation ministry, supporting new parents and more.
Mission: From sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, to creating environments that help hurting people heal, Recovery House of Worship-Brooklyn is equipping all to reach others for Christ.
Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts: Even during the worst months of the pandemic, Next Step's food pantry and community breakfast programs never shut down. They moved our activities outdoors and provided to-go breakfasts and pre-packed bags of food. Next Step continues to find ways to serve their community even as they rebuild after COVID and Hurricane IDA.
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