The Bowery Mission helps New Yorkers facing homelessness have access to hot meals, shelter, clothing, showers, enrichment activities, and more. Through their expansive programs, The Bowery Mission empowers individuals to reach the goal of independent living and sustainable income. Learn more about The Bowery Mission’s work here!
What is the homelessness crisis like in New York?
Since the 1870s, The Bowery Mission has promoted the flourishing of New Yorkers overcoming homelessness and marginalization. For anyone facing material hardship, New York City can be an unforgiving place to live. More than 100,000 New Yorkers sleep in public shelters each night. Sadly, many New Yorkers live on the razor’s edge, just one crisis away from homelessness. An estimated 4,000 people are living unsheltered in the subways, on the streets of Manhattan, or in one of the other boroughs. Our goal is to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation services for hurting people in the New York metro area.
Can you tell me about your programs?
Through hospitality, food, safe shelter, clothing, showers and medical care, we meet the immediate needs of each person who walks through our red doors. Residential & community programs help clients make progress. Clients access comprehensive services for physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual healing — all in the context of a safe, supportive community. Transitional housing & alumni programs inspire graduates to sustain & grow. Through transitional housing and ongoing access to services, graduates are equipped to find success beyond the walls of our programs. Children’s programs empower children to thrive & succeed. Year-round opportunities for enrichment culminate in an unforgettable weeklong experience at our 200-acre camp in the Poconos Region of Pennsylvania, where they build lasting, healthy relationships with counselors and peers.
How many people are you able to serve?
Last year, The Bowery Mission provided more than 320,000 hot meals, 66,000 nights of shelter, 32,000 articles of clothing, and 45,000 emergency showers. We placed 214 adults in residential programs, and 124 adults had vocational support. 54 adults exited our residential programs with secure housing, and 47 adults exited with secure employment. There were 203 children enrolled in our year-round program, and 300 kids at summer camp. 49 children participated in 1 on 1 tutoring, and we had 7 adult mentors paired with youth.
How can individuals best support your mission?
Join the 10,000 volunteers who enable us to rebuild hope in the lives of homeless and hungry neighbors in our community. Serve a meal, lead a workshop, or help in our clothing room. You can make a monetary donation, or donate clothing, food, and other goods. By joining us, you can help us open our doors to anyone in need of hospitality, comfort, and the promise of a new life.