New York City Relief, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 64 New York NY 10108 USA

Mission: Richard and Dixie Galloway are the founders of New York City Relief, which was created out of a desire to "do something" about the problem of homelessness in the New York area.

After more than 25 years of business success in banking, commercial real estate, computer development, and operation of a 20-store convenience store chain, they have devoted themselves to New York City Relief since its inception in 1989.

NYCR was officially launched on January 17, 1990. NYCR now has eight full-time staff members who each raise a large portion of their own financial support.

NYCR"s vision is simple: to help people. NYCR seeks to achieve the following goals:

7 To bring hope and help to the homeless and disadvantaged of New York City and Elizabeth, New Jersey

7 To partner with and serve other organizations serving those in need

7 To train and release the faith community into volunteer service in our region"s most desperate neighborhoods


Programs: NYCR serves disadvantaged communities in Metro New York and New Jersey through two programs.

7 The Street Connection Mobile Resource Center A converted school bus that contains a food service unit and counseling/referral office to serve locations in New York City.

7 The Hope Center - A new program which operates as a fixed location, community resource center to serve the City of Elizabeth and Union County, New Jersey.

The heart of what NYCR's programs do is provide individualized case management and service coordination that offers the homeless and disadvantaged emergency food as well as access to a continuum of resources. Our team interacts with persons in need, assesses their situation, and makes an appropriate referral to a community resource that will offer additional assistance.

In each community we serve, NYCR partners with programs that are established and effective in the neighborhood/community. Working together, we are able to provide community-based services to our clients.

The population that we serve is mostly men, although there is a growing population of women and children facing homelessness. The ages span from teens to the elderly.

We exist to help people in immediate need of food, but, more importantly, to help connect them to resources and programs that will bring real change in their lives. We also serve the working poor, substance abusers, and anyone in need of assistance on the streets.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Ever been confused or frustrated about what to do when you see the man or woman on a street corner with a "Will work for food. God Bless" sign? I know I was. Until I became involved with New York City Relief, the operators of the Relief Bus. The Relief Bus has served literally millions of meals in the last 20 years. They have connected tens of thousands of homeless and poverty stricken folks to the resources they need to get their lives back on track. Most importantly though, they graciously dispense HOPE. That is the key poverty on the streets, a lack of hope that things can get better.

The volunteer opportunities are amazing. Simple conversations with people living in dire circumstances changes lives, yours and theirs. You can contact the Relief Bus at www.reliefbus.org to begin your personal journey to making a difference.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning that whether financially comfortable or living out of a box, we're not so different. Compassion and hope are part of the universal language.

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

add more buses so more people could be served and get teh help they need.

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