Building brighter futures for our fellow New Yorkers is at the heart of our mission. Every Skills Building program works to meet its participants where they are, recognizing that each person served is actively seeking a better life and is willing to work to achieve it. Included are prison education programs, youth empowerment groups, classes for recent immigrants, and more.

Programs awarded funding in the 2018-19 Youth Opportunity Grant cycle and 2019 Basic Human Needs grant cycle include:

Angels Basketball Program, Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, Manhattan $5,000

Angels Basketball Program
Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, Manhattan

26 West 84th Street, New York, NY 10024

Phone: 212-362-6750

Program Director: The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Carla E. Roland Guzman

Hours of Operation: Mondays and Thursdays, 6-8pm

The Angels Basketball Program gives at-risk youth (ages 8-17) an opportunity to engage in team sports and gain leadership skills under the care of positive adult mentors. The growing program now provides meals to participants, backpacks containing food for the weekend, as well as counseling and referrals for academic and social services. The program has more than doubled in size over the previous year and now serves more than 60 youth.

EPIC Regional Youth Leadership Program, Grace Church, Millbrook $10,000

EPIC Regional Youth Leadership Program

3328 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook, NY 12545

Phone: 206-963-2689

Program Director: Abby Nathanson
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Mathew Calkins

Hours of Operation: Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

EPIC is an emerging youth leadership program in a rural area that equips young people to act as agents for social transformation. With the support of staff facilitators and volunteer mentors, high school age students gain critical thinking and analysis skills, work in teams to identify issues that affect their communities, and craft their own methods of response, including arts, events, and activities.

ESL Program, St. Mary's Ghanaian, Bronx $2,000

ESL Program

P.O. Box 220, Bronx, NY 10453

Program Director: Grace Genfi, warden

Clergy in Charge: Fr. Horton Scott

Phone: 347-247-0223



A parish serving members of the Ghanaian community, St. Mary’s began offering weekend English as a Second Language classes to their fellow West African immigrants. The program, which also teaches basic literacy skills to those who may lack them even in their native languages, served 15 students in 2016 and hopes to increase to 20 in 2017.

Family Connections at the Nyack Center, Grace Church, Nyack $5,500

Family Connections Program at the Nyack Center
Grace Church, Nyack

The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960

Phone: 845-358-2600

Director: Kim Cross
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Owen Thompson

Hours of Operation: Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m., as well as case management throughout the week

The Family Connections program at the Nyack Center provides support, education and resources to parents incarcerated at Rockland County Correctional Facility, and to their children and families. Services include weekly parent education support groups for incarcerated mothers, pregnant women, and fathers. Family Connections also offers pre-release and post-release case management services to assist inmates and just released parents in building strong, healthy families.

Girl Power, St. George's Church, Newburgh $7,000

Girl Power
St. George, Newburgh

105 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Phone: 845-566-5624

Director: Anusha Mehar
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dustin Trowbridge

Hours of Operation: Thursdays 2:30-6:00pm

The Girl Power Program is a unique empowerment opportunity for up to twenty-seven at-risk middle school girls in the city of Newburgh. Facilitated conversations and activities help girls build self-esteem, develop supportive friendships, grow academically and make wise personal choices.

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison (Sing-Sing Program), Christ's Church, Rye $16,000

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison (Sing-Sing Program)
Christ’s Church, Rye

P.O. Box 862, Ossining, NY 10562

Phone: 914-941-0794

Program Director: Sean Pica
Clergy-in-Charge: Reverend Kate Malin

The Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison provides a college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women, helping them change their own lives and make a positive impact on their families and communities, reducing rates of recidivism, incarceration and poverty.

Immigrant Outreach, Grace Church, Milbrook $18,500

Grace Immigrant Outreach
Grace Church, Millbrook

P.O. Box 366, Millbrook, NY 12545

Phone: 845-677-5414

Director: Evelyn Garzetta
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Matthew Calkins

Hours of Operation: ESL Classes – Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs 6pm at various locations.

The Immigrant Outreach program helps immigrants in Northeast Dutchess County overcome fear and isolation by offering classes in English as a Second Language and providing support and assistance to people navigating immigration services. The program operates at five locations in Northeast Dutchess in order to reach as many communities as possible.

Thursday Hospitality, Harlem, Manhattan $6,530

Thursday Hospitality
St. Philip’s Church and St. Mary’s Church, Harlem, Manhattan 

204 W 134th St, New York, NY 10030

Phone: 212-862-4940


Director: The Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Canon Terence Lee

Hours of Operation: Thursdays

The Reentry Family and Faith Circles of Support aims to reduce recidivism by connecting faith-based volunteers with Harlem residents returning home from prison. Every Thursday, volunteers offer companionship and refreshments to parole clients at the Harlem Community Justice Center. The program also coordinates Harlem area churches hosting support groups for formerly incarcerated people.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger - Chef Training , Christ and St. Stephen's Manhattan, $12,500

Ulster Immigrant Defense Network, Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Kingston, $20,000

Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Kingston

30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: 845 332 8610

Program Director: Nic Abramson
Clergy in Charge: Father Frank Alagna

In response to the public threats and aggressive actions being directed against immigrants and refugees by the current administration, the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network provides direct financial assistance and support services to immigrants threatened with detention and deportation. Support takes the form of: a 24/7 bilingual helpline; bilingual informational website; know your rights training for the immigrant community; a rapid response team to bear witness and lend community support during immigration enforcement efforts; legal supports; safe spaces; community education and advocacy; anti-immigrant bullying programs in schools; and transportation and accompaniment services to court and ICE appointments.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger – Culinary Pathways  
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Manhattan 

263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

Phone: 212-363-3362

Director: Alyson Rosenthal
Clergy in Charge:
 The Rev. Kathleen Liles

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8am – 3pm

The Chef Training Program at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger provides pantry customers with basic education in professional kitchen skills. The twelve week program, conducted in English and Spanish, teaches self-sufficiency, work skills, nutrition, healthy eating and basic kitchen procedures. Participants gain hands-on kitchen experience through  the daily preparation of  lunch for pantry volunteers, and are connected with employment opportunities where they can put their new skills to use.