Wanting to be more involved in Baruch’s student life, I accepted an invitation to join Sigma Alpha Delta. Wanting to be more involved in community life, I joined the volunteer committee and that’s how I found the New York City Rescue Mission.
The NYC Rescue Mission have been feeding the hungry and providing hope to New York’s poorest residents since 1872. Every day more than 500 meals are served three times per day and 150 bags of grocery handed out from the food pantry. It also serves as a home to men who are in need of shelter and also offers a recovery program for those that have hit rock bottom and need to get their life in order.
There is an expansion project in the works, so that the Mission can offer their services to women also. Director of Development, Tom Hall, says there should be three more floors, 18 months from now, that will hold 250 beds. Thirty beds will be set aside for single women in need of emergency shelter and will now serve as a transitional residential program for all in need, not just men.
According to Joe Little, the Director of Community Relations, the expansion project is being funded by a wealthy donor who died recently and left a majority of her estate to the organization and a fundraising venture chaired by Kathy Lee Gifford.
As a nonprofit, most of their help and food comes from volunteers, charities and other organizations willing to lend a hand. Food Bank for NYC and City Harvest are among the top food donors, while Trader’s Joe and similar businesses offer what they can also.
Volunteers are a major part of the program and are present for serving meals, helping in the learning center or the offices. Serving meals to the residents and the men and women that walk in from the streets is a humbling experience. The members of the Brooklyn based Jehovah Will Plumbline Ministries have been doing this every third Saturday of every month for the last five years. Pastor Judy Duncan-Hackett and her team were on hand as usual in November, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, serving loads of food to everyone.
The Thanksgiving banquet that Joe has been promoting so long finally came to fruition and it was successful.