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
I became familiar with the work of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen via a fb effort to raise a modest amount of money for a match. I was bowled over by the numbers of people helped with such modest resources. But of course the financial resources are matched by the huge heart of the organization. They pull in volunteers from all over. Young people come to help for a day and I can't but believe they are changed for life. Long may they serve. They are a model of efficiency and decency.
My late husband volunteered at the Soup Kitchen every Tues. for fifteen years. We could always see the great need and invaluable service of this group. Now I am a monthly contributor. I hope the Soup Kitchen will continue until it is no longer needed. Meanwhile, pray for all who serve and those they serve.
I have a place in my heart for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen as my Dad was a donor for many years.....I initially donated in his memory. Then I did some research and found out more about the seemingly impossible work they do! 1200 meals on average a day along with all of the additional assistance they offer! Amazing!!! I implore you to make a visit.....stop in, feel the energy and look around. People are smiling and working together to truly help others. It is a very special place. I am proud to be a monthly donor and I know my contribution is appreciated and put to very good use.