Homelessness in New York City has now reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s, due to the lack of affordable housing and an inadequate minimum wage.
We need your help to provide temporary shelter and meals to a few of the more than 60,000 New Yorkers who don’t have a place to live.
The Friends Shelter provides a safe and respectful place to eat and sleep for fourteen homeless men and women, each and every night of the year.
Serving food is an essential part of what we do. Many of our guests count on us for a solid meal, and with the help of Friends Seminary School we provide nutritious, appetizing food each night and morning. We are grateful for the donations of food we receive, but we also need money to cover the cost of groceries, dry goods, and miscellaneous items we must continually purchase.
Our funding from New York State for meals has been eliminated, but with your help we can continue to provide food to our guests.
The shelter is able to operate on a tiny budget — less than $30,000 per year, or approximately $2.50 per meal — because it is staffed entirely by a community of volunteers.
With no administrative costs, 100% of your gift goes directly to feeding our homeless guests.
We are reaching out to our friends, families and community in hope that you can help with a contribution. Any size gift is welcome, and your gift is tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.
With your help, we can continue to make a difference in the lives New York’s most vulnerable citizens.
In friendship and with gratitude,
SHELTER COMMITTEE Katy Homans, clerk
Claire Brennan, Margery Cornwell, Jayne Holsinger, Phil Kovacevich, Carol Kuzmyak, Claire Litherland, Steven Monroe Smith
How to donate:
We accept donations through PayPal.
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Your gift is fully tax-deductible, and you will receive a receipt by email.
Donate by Mail
Or send a check to:
Friends Shelter c/o 15th Street Meeting
15 Rutherford Place
New York, NY 10003
Please make checks out to 15th Street Meeting, with SHELTER clearly written on the memo line.
Thank you for your generous support of the Friends Shelter.
Donate a Meal
Are you able to make a healthy, filling meal to feed 14 shelter guests?
The guests are always deeply grateful for your donated meals.
Sign up to provide a meal at this special link: