Health and Wellness programs have identified specialized needs within their communities and are addressing them with the help of active and committed volunteers. Some offer companionship for the elderly. Others address addiction issues or housing needs. All of them provide essential services with a spirit of love and fellowship.
Programs awarded funding in the 2016-17 Youth Opportunity Grant cycle and 2017 Basic Human Needs grant cycle include:
Art, Acceptance and a Place to Be Yourself for LGBTQA Youth
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, Manhattan
487 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
Director: Joanne Bartosik
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Emily Phillips Lloyd
Hours of Operation: Saturdays, 6:45-9.30 pm
Art and Acceptance is a risk prevention and intervention program, a safe space for LGBTQA-identified teens and young adults who are homeless or in unstable living conditions. St. Luke’s open doors are a gateway to a hot meal, dance, yoga and visual arts programming, and relationships with social workers and volunteer mentors. Participants also gain access to an array of services including crisis support, health interventions and legal advocacy. Art and Acceptance has been awarded a multi-year grant ($15,000 / year for 3 years).
Emergency Shelter Partnership
St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford
382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, NY 10506
Director: Mr. Joseph Simonetti
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Terence Elsberry
Hours of Operation: November-March, 7 days a week, 9:00 pm -6:00 am
The Emergency Shelter Partnership (ESP) is a community-based, interfaith coalition of religious and community organizations in northern Westchester County. November through March, partners rotate to provide meals and emergency shelter for those needing a safe, warm place to sleep.
Fessenden Supportive Housing
Christ Church, Bronxville
Director: Br. Christopher Jenks
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Michael A. Bird
Hours of Operation: 24/7
A ministry of the Episcopal Brothers of St. Gregory, Fessenden House is a long-term supportive residence for men recovering from addiction and mental health struggles. The men who live here attend regular twelve-step meetings and are connected with necessary medical and educational services, and experience the uplifting power of a community committed to recovery.
St. Mary’s Church, Tuxedo Park
10 Foxhill Road, Tuxedo, 10987
Director: Ya’el Williams
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Canon Bruce Woodcock
Hours of Operation: Case Management/Showers and Laundry/Outreach Center – Weekdays 7-11am. Safe Haven – Nightly, 7 days a week, November –April
Helping Hands Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless assists homeless men and women in finding alternatives to life on the streets. The Coalition runs a shelter every night from November through April, as well as a day-time Outreach Center which provides case management, showers, laundry, vocational training, educational workshops and health services.
Horticultural Therapy Garden for Young People
St. Gregory’s Church, Woodstock
42 Whitney Drive, Woodstock, NY 12498
Director: Elizabeth Barlow
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Matthew Wright
Hours of Operation: By arrangement
The Horticultural Therapy Garden and accessible labyrinth at St. Gregory’s are special resources that enrich the lives of special needs children and other groups throughout the Hudson Valley Region. In partnership with parish volunteers, an experienced educator and horticultural therapist employed by St. Gregory’s leads tailored gardening and horticulture classes that promote concentration, productivity, and an appreciation for the natural world.
Pathways Drop In Program
All Angels’ Episcopal Church, Manhattan
251 West 80th Street NY, NY 10024
Phone: 212-362-9300, ext 225
Director: Chelsea Horvath
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Milind Sojwal
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 am-2:00 pm
The Pathways Center at All Angels Church seeks to offer a radical welcome to homeless adults by providing light meals, showers, clothing, toiletries, haircuts, mail service, as well as medical, psychiatric and social services on a drop in basis. Open two days per week, the program served 250 guests last year.
Robert Daniel Jones Memorial Shelter
St. Mary’s, Manhattanville, Manhattan
521 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027
Director: Sydney Kornegay
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Mary Foulke
Hours of Operation: Daily, 8:30pm – 7:00am
The Robert Daniel Jones Memorial Shelter seeks to build a supportive community for homeless immigrants and refugees in NYC by providing shelter and one-on-one support. Guests can stay up to 12 months and during that time are assisted with language, legal and health services.