Bowery Mission - New York City, NY

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227 Bowery
New York City, NY 10002
: Phone: (212)674-3456

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Description: Men women and children. Shelter for the Homeless of New York City.

Our emergency shelter program provides a safe place for the homeless to come in out of the winter cold.  By providing a warm place to sleep, we are preventing victimization, illness and possibly death that sometimes comes with winter exposure.  We encourage both men and women to enter longer-term housing in our residential recovery programs, where the goal is to help transform the lives of the homeless, so that they can have a life of hope, spiritual wholeness, and productive, independent living.
We are able to shelter up to 150 men per night in our homeless shelter program, in addition to the 217 men and 50 women hosted in our residential recovery programs.  When our programs are full, we network with other organizations that provide shelter for the homeless, with the goal of helping every person who comes to The Bowery Mission in need of assistance.

Each year, generous donors bring hope to those in need by supporting our homeless shelter and residential recovery programs for men and for women.  Your online gift or gift by mail, phone or fax to support these programs will help the men and women of New York City who need help the most - to find the path to hope, healing and a restored life.

Emergency Shelter for men
It gets dangerously cold and unsafe to sleep outside during winter nights in New York City. From November through February, and whenever the overnight temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, we open our Chapel doors at 227 Bowery (directions) and provide emergency shelter for up to 150 homeless men each night.  We provide sleeping mats to our guests, who often fill both the chapel and the cafeteria. 

Each man staying in our emergency shelter at the Mission has the opportunity to learn about the other help available at the Mission.  We help meet the basic daily needs of homeless men through our meals, clothing and showers, and medical care programs.  We also introduce men staying at the shelter to our residential recovery programs for men that provide them with the opportunity to overcome the challenges that led to homelessness.

There are many men today who look back at a night in our emergency shelter and the hot nutritious breakfast the next morning as the turning point in their lives where they found hope and an opportunity to have their lives restored.  Your online gift today will help provide emergency shelter and meals that bring hope and life transformation to the homeless.

Shelter in Residential Recovery for men and women
Men and women who accept the invitation to enter our residential recovery programs live together with others who share the goal of restoring their lives to hope, spiritual wholeness, productivity and independent living.  This longer-term housing provides shelter in a supportive setting for 6-to-15 months, along with life and employment skills training, addiction recovery continuing education opportunities, single and group counseling, legal aid, job-readiness training and housing placement.

At The Bowery Mission Life Transformation Program, 80 men share a dormitory on the Lower East Side and 60 men share a dormitory in East Harlem. At The Bowery Mission Men's Center in Avenue D, 77 men live in single-room occupancy units. And at The Bowery Mission Women’s Center at Heartsease Home, 20 women share bedrooms in a five-story brownstone, specially designed to aid in their recovery. An additional 30 women live in community in a new center in Harlem. Learn more about our approach to homelessness.

The Bowery Mission offers a broad range of services to help those who are hungry, homeless or in need of medical care.  The Bowery Mission also provides help for those struggling with addictions.  Each of the services described below is offered at no charge through the generosity of faithful donors.

Daily Meal Service
At 227 Bowery in New York City
The red doors of The Bowery Street mission are open every day for those who are hungry to come in for a meal.  Those coming in for a meal are not asked for an ID and there is no long process to through – simply pick up a plate and eat.
All meals at The Bowery Mission are preceded by a short Chapel service. You do not have to attend to get food, but we invite you to come and be fed, both spiritually and physically. 

The following is our daily meal service:
Breakfast: 8:00 am
Lunch: 1:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Meals provided at two locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Four times a week The Bowery Mission Outreach Van is loaded with fresh vegetables, breads, pastries, hot soup and more, to distribute at two locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Our outreach teams also provide bags of groceries for families in need.

The Outreach Van currently travels and serves meals in four communities on the following schedule:
    Tuesday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
    Wednesday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Chelsea, Manhattan (partnering with Relief Bus)
    Thursday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Knickerbocker Park, Brooklyn
    Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am: Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

Residential recovery programs for men and women
The Bowery Mission provides residential recovery programs for both men and women.  Each have been developed from the perspective that homelessness is both the problem and the symptom of other problems that can range from chronic substance abuse, financial instability, domestic violence, sexual victimization and more.

Each of The Bowery Mission’s recovery programs solve the problem of homelessness by providing for the basic needs each man and woman for a period of six to 15 months while they are in recovery.  These services include shelter, meals, clothing and medical care.
Importantly, our programs offer long-term, practical solutions to the underlying problems related to chronic homelessness through life and employment skills training, continuing education opportunities, single and group counseling, legal aid, job-readiness training and housing placement.
Medical and Optical Services

Health care can often be hard to come by – we understand, that's why The Bowery Mission offers barrier-free medical and optical services by licensed professionals who volunteer to provide the best care possible. If we can't serve you, our volunteers will provide you a doctor's referral to someone who can. Volunteers also helps people apply for Medicare or Medicaid.

Our Medical Clinic is open every Wednesday at 6:00PM at the 227 Bowery location which is two blocks south of East Houston.
Need a new pair of glasses?
Our on-site opthamologist can give you an eye exam and send away for new glasses.  Optical Clinic once per month, depending on optometrist's availability,
Wednesday 6:00PM.

Showers and Clothing
At 227 Bowery, two blocks south of East Houston
At The Bowery Mission everyone is treated like a king and queen – we want to demonstrate in our dignity and respect towards you that you are deeply loved and valued by God. That's why we offer  showers along with free clothing. See below for our service schedule.
Tuesday: 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Friday: 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Please note: Clothing is available for women on a walk-in, emergency basis only.

Do you have items to donate? Contact Bowery Mission at the phone number provided above to see if they can use any items you may have to donate.

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