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Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Rating: 5 stars   54 reviews 2,448

Address:

296 Ninth Ave New York NY 10001 USA

Mission:

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City. What started as a temporary feeding program in 1982 has now become the largest in the tri-state area, and we've served over 7 million meals since then - but the real story is how we help guests move off the soup kitchen line into employment, their own homes, and a more manageable and fulfilling way of life. Not only do we provide a hot meal to over 1,200 New Yorkers in need every single day, our dedicated counseling staff also work with our guests to connect them with benefits, housing and job interviews. No one is ever turned away from our door.

Results:

The soup kitchen has never missed a serving day in thirty years, despite hurricanes, blizzards, transit shutdowns and terrorist attacks. On our very first day we served 34 meals - now we serve upwards of 1,200 every day. We have expanded our programs to respond to the changing needs of our guests, and today we offer counseling, referrals, healthcare and enrichment services, as well as a seasonal Writers' Workshop that showcases the creative abilities of our guests and volunteers. On average our counselors hold individual daily sessions with over 1,500 guests per month, providing them with vital assistance and advice: "I didn't know I could get retirement benefits. Caroline showed me that, and made the application for me. The money came through just as I was about to lose my apartment. If it wasn't for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, I'd be on the streets now." - Jose, former soup kitchen guest "I didn't want to go to a soup kitchen, but I had nowhere else to turn. It was nothing like I expected - everyone made me feel so welcome, like I was coming home. I had this feeling I hadn't had in a long time. I felt at peace. I knew we were going to make it no matter what. " - Susan, mother of five

Programs:

Soup kitchen Auxiliary & Enrichment Services Writers Workshop

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Reviews for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Rating: 5 stars  

Today was my first time at a soup kitchen and I found HASK to be a very friendly and organized program. Everything from introduction to new volunteers, assigning tasks, and the service itself was done in a very neat and orderly fashion. The staff was extremely kind in acknowledging all the volunteers and the guests. My time there felt very rewarding and I definitely look forward to going back there!

 
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We took out youth group for their first mission trip to help out at the soup kitchen of HASK. the staff there was encouraging and helpful, running a very well organized program. Everyone was very polite and the experience left both the youth and the chaperones that accompanied them desiring to help more. There are already plan to come back again in the near future as a result of the positive experience at HASK.

 
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Great experience at HASK this week. I've been bringing my work teammates to HASK for over 5 years and have come with three different companies. HASK does a great job - very well organized and clear roles for the volunteers - very appreciative of their efforts. This year we served ~800 meals and got to work with some great regular volunteers. The whole operation is classy & well run. I hope our experience at HASK sparks some of my employees to continue volunteering and giving back in their communities.

 
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For eight years I have brought a group of ninth graders from several high schools in Manhattan to a soup kitchen or food pantry during the month of April to volunteer their services. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has been the best experience thus far. The staff were so friendly and helpful when we arrived. Throughout the late morning and early afternoon, the guests were welcomed warmly by the staff and volunteers. From the serving line to the bussing of trays, every aspect of this "soup kitchen" was managed professionally. A professional staff in a dining hall at a college could not have done a better job. Throughout the day, the staff, the longstanding volunteers, and the guests all engaged us in friendly conversations. I haven't heard "God bless you" as many times in a decade as I heard in four hours at Holy Apostles. On our way back to school, all of the students echoed my feelings about this experience. If you want to help an organization that knows what it is doing and really cares about the people it serves, Holy Apostles should be high on your list for volunteering and monetary assistance.

 
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I went with my advisory to serve and it was an enriching experience for all! We were warmly welcomed and all activities were well coordinated. There was not a wasted second. All the time was spent meaningfully supporting the wonderful servants at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen serve more effectively. We would all go again!

Thanks for finding a place for our hands :)

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered at Holy Apostles for the first time today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was well organized and the coordinators were really welcoming and friendly. I felt thankful being there and I also received a lot of appreciation from everyone else.

 
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I spent this morning with 10 of my colleagues helping at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen for the first time. They were friendly, patient, and everyone was given a job and supported throughout the morning. Highly recommend as a well-organized way to give back!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Not only does Holy Apostles Soup kitchen provide food and drink to our guests, they also provide clothing, medical services through non-profit providers, housing referral, health supplies, IDs, referral services and the computer training necessary to get people into jobs and out of a cycle of dependency. I have been a volunteer there for 13 years.

 
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Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is not merely a great non-profit charity because it provides nutritious meals 5 days a week to individuals without question, but also because provides it's guests with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and break out of a pattern of dependance. They provide the tools and skills needed for individuals to go on interviews to find jobs. They offer computer skills and writing classes, clothing, hair cut vouchers, toiletries and housing, veterans and medical services and assistance and counseling by caring social workers. The services offered help individuals regain their self-esteem and value, an invaluable component for their future success.

 
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To call HASK a "soup kitchen" is so incomplete - actually they serve full healthy and well-balanced meals and non-soup entrees - 4 out of the five days they operate, but perhaps even more importantly they also provide housing, health, employment counseling and many other services to complement the food services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I volunteer here once a week. I choose Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen above others because it is well-organized, serves nutritious meals, has various services available on-site, and workshops. I also enjoy volunteering here because I enjoy working with the other volunteers and staff.

 
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As I walked in the doors, I had butterflies in my stomach but Rich put me right to work and when my shift came to a close I felt so energized! - Maddy, Volunteer

 
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