Founded in 1989, New York City Relief has mobilized thousands of volunteers to compassionately serve those struggling with homelessness by providing hope and resources that lead towards life transformation. Because homelessness is a struggle, not a life sentence.
Our two outreach models are based on mobility and consistency. Our Relief Buses are mobile care centers where we serve homemade soup & bread, distribute hygiene kits, host Life Care Visits, and pray for the needs of our friends on the street. By setting up tables & chairs on the sidewalk, we create an intentional space that welcomes our guests and invites conversation over a shared meal.
In 2017, we launched a new outreach model called the Relief Co-Op. This is a partnership with other nonprofits providing direct services. With this model, we go to locations where the homeless population is already congregating. We hold Life Care Visits while guests wait for immediate services. We meet immediate needs - by offering soup, bread, hot chocolate, hygiene kits, socks and prayer - but our goal is to meet long-term needs by leading our guests into a Life Care Visit and connecting them to resources and hope.
Life Care Visits are why we do what we do. In these one on one meetings, our team provides hope and resources through individualized action plans. We provide hope - by listening, encouraging and praying with our friends who are struggling - and then we provide resources - by connecting guests to emergency shelter, job programs, detox or drug rehabilitation.
Life Transformation happens one person at a time. Our outreaches create a space where everyone belongs, no matter what life stage you are in. We focus on intentional relationships and building communities of trust... but all starts with a cup of soup!