Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Rating: 5 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I used to sing professionally at this church. I was there when the church burned, but the Soup Kitchen didn't miss a beat - they served their clients the very next day despite the disaster. They have continued that tradition for so many years, and I have watched many clients enter hungry and downtrodden, and leave with a smile and a full stomach. And now the added services they offer are inspirig. I read works from the writers workshop with pleasure. I have moved on to another church, and another state, but have continued to admired their work. A few years ago, I brought my youth choir to sing for the guests and we had a great time. Father Bill, the founder, always said the church never really wanted to be in the soup kitchen business, but the reality of the city proved otherwise. He and the staff have faithfully carried out a mission that they wish they didn't have to do.

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Life-changing

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2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is an amazing thing when a community can occasionally live its vision authentically. This transformed church building--to be a welcoming place for all--shows what a transformed community can do: they knew that hospitality for the weekday feeding program meant more than keeping the customary look of a church for the Sunday spiritual meal the parish community continues to share at the Eucharist. The space, like the sharing of communion, is about being transformed for the sake of others.

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I moved into the Chelsea neighborhood about 10 years ago -- just two blocks north of the soup kitchen. Everyday the lines would form with the old, young, infirm, healthy, black, white, latino, men and women. It was sometimes hard to see them all. But as the great recession hit in 2009, all of a sudden I thought that I, too, might one day need to join them. It's an amazing service the soup kitchen provides to all, with a friendly, dedicated group of volunteers and staff. The neighborhood is a better place -- it has a heart and soul -- thanks to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This soup kitchen feeds the hungry day in day out year after year--feeds them body and soul, including drumming circles and a writing workshop. It is a place where those who happen to need a square meal are treated with respect for their dignity and with authentic compassion.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was with great honor and humility that I served on the vestry and board of directors of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen! What a great ministry this is to those in need in the City of New York. I have seen first hand the impact this has on so many people, on a daily basis! There are thousands of people who would have not eaten a full meal without the apostolate, vision, and commitment of the Church of the Holy Apostles!

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the interest of full disclosure, I coordinated the volunteer program at Holy Apostles for five years in the mid-90's, but I still talk about my time there as one of the richest, most challenging, most hope-giving times of my life. Holy Apostles manages to feed a daunting number of people every day in a place of beauty and real hospitality. The volunteers were some of the best people I've ever encountered, the staff hard-working and dedicated, and the guests taught me about hope in the midst of hopelessness nearly every day. Whenever I encounter someone going to New York City, I always, always recommend that they visit--or, even better, volunteer at--Holy Apostles. It's one of the best examples of beauty, hospitality, and justice that I know.

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2010

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