I was part of a group of volunteers from Integral Yoga Institute NYC that volunteered today 02/20/2020 at Holy Apostles. We had a fantastic experience from start to finish. We were oriented to the mission of the soup kitchen which was to feed the person and nourish the soul. I feel they do a fantastic job there! From feeding, to providing groups on meditation, bible study, computer skills and social service information to get people back on their feet! It was a truly well oiled machine that fed hundreds of people in two hours. I really was touched and humbled to see the number of poor souls in need of a helping hand. I am grateful for the experience and so glad this organization tends to those most in need.
I was in NYC for 3 days during my first trip to America. Signing up to volunteer was quick/easy and getting to the church was really simple. The organisation made the day extremely fun and the amount of gratitude I got from the service users was heartwarming. It was such a life changing experience and I can wholeheartedly say it was my favourite experience of my month in North America - I would recommend it to anyone! Thank you Holy ApostleS for providing me with such a great opportunity and I will definitely be back.
From: London, England
Age: 27 year old
Occupation: Dietetic student
I'm in New York City to take some classes for two weeks and my classes are in the evening, so I thought I could try something different than the usual tourist stuff - which I already did in the past - in the morning. I went to the HASK yesterday for the first time and I genuinely enjoyed it! The whole thing was very well organized and proceeded smoothly! I was given clear instructions about what I had to do and everyone was very welcoming and similing to me. The venue looked more like a restaurant than a soup kitchen! I did some volunteering in other soup kitchens in the past, in France and Italy, but those places were kinda shabby and sad, with rows of long tables and benches, where people were amassed without any comfort or privacy. I really appreciated the arrangement here, because people where actually treated like clients rather than "needies". Small round tables where scattered all around the venue, with chairs around them with a maximum of four or five per table. There was a big screen on the wall with a Power Point presentation that kept on running all the time and it showed all the services the "needies" could benefit from, like clothing programs or movie projections, which I think is pretty cool. But the best thing to me was that a girl, who was also a volunteer, played the piano for two hours in a row to cheer up people while they were eating!! That was awesome!!!!!! While I worked I could listen to so many awesome songs and it was sooo enjoyable and fun! These kind of details made me feel like people were being treated like people, I mean humanly in a genuine way, instead of just being treated like "the poors ones that we're assisting". My working time as a volunteer literally flew by, since I enjoyed that so much, and it wasn't heavy at all. I really liked the whole peaceful, serene atmosphere over there. The staff who coordinated the volunteers was absolutely nice and kind and answered my manifold questions - I'm a very curious person and I observe a lot - with lots of patience! I definitely want to go back there today and the following days! That's such a great way to spend my time in NY differently than the usual visitors!!
I work as a high school Sunday School teacher at a Catholic Church. We decided to choose Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen as a volunteer service with our students and teachers. The hosts were accommodating, amazing, and super friendly. All our students had different roles, which was interesting to hear about when we debriefed. Revere, the manager who hosted us, did an amazing job explaining the history of the place and providing us with information about the soup kitchen. She kept us engaged and excited while doing this service. We definitely recommend other groups to come volunteer with them!
I volunteered with a team from Milbank and it was a humbling and gratifying experience. I learned a great deal and got an insight into just what hungry looks like. The kitchen is very well run and organized and I applaud it's contributions to the community. I plan to return. I think that everyone should experience it first hand to see just how misguided our judgments about the homeless and the hungry are.
We came on an outreach trip with our entire office. We had a wonderful time lending a hand. Revere was exceptional; we all felt involved and well utilized! It's a very moving experience to take part in an activity that so immediately affects people. I hope we can return soon and often.
I visited NYC in May for a short holiday and along with my wife volunteered for a shift at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. We live in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England but this didn't present any obstacles to us signing up in advance, which was a difficulty with a couple of other places we looked at. We were given a great welcome, familiarized with our roles and the wider operation explained. Its an impressive and highly organized set up, but everything is done with respect and love. The food served was excellent - a varied menu, nicely cooked and of a high quality and we met many interesting and friendly people - others volunteering for the day, long term volunteers and above all the customers who use this soup kitchen. In reality, its so much more than a soup kitchen - there is lots of additional help around accommodation, addictions, finances and clothing and the whole spirit is one of acceptance, non-judgement and love. Later in the week we visited many of the more famous sights and experiences of New York City but this will remain with us as a wonderful memory - I'm only sorry its not local enough to volunteer regularly!
I brought 9 teenagers from our rural church youth group from Newburg, North Dakota to Holy Apostles Church to serve in the soup kitchen in 2017. We are hoping to do it again this year. This was a great experience for these kids and they were glad to have been a part of the amazing work that Holy Apostles church and volunteers do for their community.
The greeters and volunteers are always smiling and friendly, the food is healthy and tasty, the live music is relaxing, and there's always buttered bread or a snack for the road.
A wonderful organization, doing tremendous good. We brought five college students from rural Vermont to NYC for a week to learn about food systems, and this was a highlight of the trip. The staff and other volunteers were all super organized and friendly. An amazing experience.
Our Church Choir and other members came to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in June 2017. 10 of us who were not performing that day volunteered to help feed at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. We were all given different duties and it was a great experience and a blessing to us to see the hungry and homeless eating a good meal and enjoying their time there. Serving is what Christ has called us all to and we thank the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen for giving us the opportunity to do so.
May the Lord bless you and always provide as you continue to serve Him there.
In Christ's Love,
The Heights Baptist Church
Colonial Heights, Virginia
It was a great experience for us. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen was very organized and made the work enjoyable. It's so nice to be a part of something that helps others in so many ways. It made me realize, more so, how I would like to do more healing and giving work in the future. Thanks for having us and being so hospitable!
I volunteered at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen for the first time. Everybody was very friendly and positive. People really appreciated food and volunteers help. It was such a great experience. I definitely will be back.
There is no greater non profit than Holy Apostle. They have been walking the walk for decades. It serves its community not only with food for the body, but with food for the soul as well. They offer all kinds of services for their guests; from writing workshops to toiletries to health sevices, and so much more. Besides which they make it super easy to volunteer, with an interactive online sign up. I am always so honored and proud to be able to say I am part of this organization.
A fantastic and deserving non profit. Thoughtful to both volunteers and guests alike. It is an honor to be able to volunteer there. They make it so easy to be part of their organization, with easy on the spot sign up. I appreciate the care they give to providing their guests, not just food but healthy food. They run many programs to provide food for the body and soul. Proud to be part of this dedicated group.
I volunteered at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen for the first time. Everybody was very friendly and positive. People really appreciated food and volunteers help. It was a great experience. I definitely will be back there.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
A fantastic, welcoming place. A much needed oasis for all those in need to fibd a warm meal and a warm smile in the middle of the city
I've volunteered twice with Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. Everyone involved is kind and considerate. They are very, very organized. Great way for groups to participate. I highly recommend this organization.
Holy Apostles is a wonderful organization and does great work in the community. It was very organized and gave very clear volunteer duties and tasks. We were happy to help and would recommend it to anyone!
It was great volunteering at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen yesterday. Our whole team had a great time and it was wonderful to see the difference they are making in the community. The volunteers and staff there were also very inspiring.
Our company volunteered at HASK. We were so impressed by this organization! They ran an incredibly buttoned up operation, very organized! They offer wonderful services to their patrons as well as a comforting environment. One staff member is nicer than the next, they were all very welcoming and patient with us. We would love to continue to support this organization, and hope to have the chance to volunteer again soon.
Illness precludes me from doing physical tasks. It does not stop me from getting people to smile, talk, and feel better about themselves if only for a short time. Greeting people at the doors and entrances is a blessing and I enjoy it, and them. The palpable karma of the Holy Apostles experience is rejuvenating. I recommend it to anyone who needs a spiritual kick in the pants!
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Spending a morning volunteering at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the best gift I can give to myself.
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The management of the volunteers is so efficient and well thought out that the whole time you're at the soup kitchen, you feel like you're helping the cause. Plus the volunteer regulars make everyone, guests and newbies, feel at home and welcome. HASK is Aces!!
The work at Holy Apostles to feed the homeless and the needy in an environment of respect and caring is outstanding.
Love volunteering at holy apostles! Warm hearts, good meals and great programs for their guests. Human kindness at its best!
My volunteer time at the soup kitchen was wonderful and very humbling. They have a great staff and impressive system - they don't play games, they are there to feed people. It was great to see the connections people made with those they were serving, many of the volunteers do 2 and 3 days of volunteering during the week and they take it very seriously. Those who were there for a meal were very gracious and thankful, there were many characters in the crowd who brought smiles and laughter. If you get a chance to volunteer here DO IT, you will not be sorry!
This place was amazing and gave me such a great feeling that I think I'll be back here many times in the future! The volunteer coordinators had their heads in the right place, and seemed fairly organized given the immense amount of guests we served that day. I would highly recommend this soup Kitchen to anyone looking to change a few lives.
I came here with work for a volunteer day and we had a great experience. We had a easy experience booking a date with them and everything was very organized once we got there. All the employees had a wonderful experience. I would suggest my company to volunteer again with Holy Apostles.
One of the largest, and most well run non-profits in the City of New York. The fact that they feed 1,000 people a day, and have have not missed a meal in 30 years is amazing, and a testament to the team there. They have 30-50 people that walk in and volunteer daily and corporate groups need to sign up months in advance because they are so popular.
This is a wonderful organization filled with amazing staff and volunteers. I've volunteered here many times and help to fund raise for their food program on social media. Not only are they the largest food program in NYC, feeding over 1,000 meals a day Monday thru Friday all year round, and on Holidays, but they also offer a wealth of services to their patrons which help better their lives. Do yourself a favor and go check out and volunteer here.
The Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the most efficient charity organization that I have ever been involved with. I was amazed at the competence of all staff members and the apparent ease with which they were able to serve over 1000 people a hot lunch. What a great organization run by such great people!
I'm grateful for the chance to have volunteered here and to meet the lovely people who keep this busy place running. The facility is beautiful and the staff were really nice to my volunteer group. It was a great experience and they serve SO many people it's incredible.
I had the opportunity to volunteer at Holy Apostles' Soup Kitchen when I was in NYC on an Alternative Spring Break trip with college students in 2012. I was impressed with the way that the organization was able to feed some many people in need day in and day out. You could tell the regular volunteers and staff are passionate about serving those in need.... They give them food for their stomaches and hope for tomorrow!
There is no more dedicated organization. They have consistently served the community and treated their clients with the utmost respect for decades. They offer food for the mind, body, and soul! I am humbled and proud to be able to say I have volunteered here.
I first started volunteering at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen seven or eight years ago. I brought my 7th and 8th Grade students from I.S. 52. It was a rewarding experience for them and for me. Not only were we privileged to see a side of life that we were totally unaccustomed to, we also experienced the warmth and the caring of the volunteers. I retired for teaching 3 years ago and I still go every Friday and love it.
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.
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.
The Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is a blessing and a living, loving example of hospitality, and love in action. They will continue to make a difference for good.
This is an organization that practices radical hospitality with respect and compassion for all its guests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I volunteer at HASK whenever I can, and am delighted not only to be able to help so many hungry people get a nutritious meal and lonely, possibly homeless people spend some time in a welcoming environment, but also because it's inspiring to feel a part of something larger: the machinery of the staff and volunteers works so well, everyone with something to do, everyone helping others, it's a model of a perfect world.
I remember the first time I volunteered at HASK. The sense of community, friendship and genuine compassion between the volunteers and guests was inspiring. I left the soup kitchen feeling uplifted and motivated to do something to help this amazing organization continue to carry out its mission. With the support of my professor and classmates at NYU, we organized a fundraiser to help support this beloved soup kitchen continue to provide free nutritious meals and foster opportunities for guests to access the tools and resources needed to help them through times of transition. I can't describe how amazing it is to be apart if this empowering community of volunteers and guests. I highly recommend Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen as top nonprofit. I also highly recommend those who want to make a difference to volunteer and/or participate in fundraising initiatives that will support HASK in continuing to carrying out its mission and services to the community.
I have been a parishioner at Holy Apostles for more than a decade and am now a member of the vestry. The church has a deep-felt commitment to the Soup Kitchen because we believe it reflects God's commandment: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. I have personally known people who came to the Soup Kitchen for help and have since gone on to regain jobs, housing and healthcare because there was a place for them to come that would give them support when their lives had gone awry. I will never forget the smart, talented woman who had been a journalist who had a nervous breakdown and was putting her life back together, or the hard working mother of three beautiful children who was escaping a bad marriage. Both got back on their feet because they felt they were not only given a meal at the Soup Kitchen, but the kind of love and support they were lacking in the rest of their lives.
I volunteered at HASK while I attended General Seminary which is several blocks away on Ninth Ave. I found the experience to be very positive. Their guests are indeed treated as guests. The process of serving lunch is very well organized. They train and support their volunteers well. I no longer live in NYC, but I will forever use HASK as the standard when looking at other soup kitchens.
The problem of hunger is one that mystifies me. How we can live in one of the richest cities in the world, yet people go hungry. I volunteered at Holy Apostles, and I can honestly say that that brief morning changed my life. Putting a face to a cause and seeing the direct impact that this organization has on my community and city was beyond moving. I have become a large supporter of this organization and would recommend them to anyone.
Following my retirement i served as a counselor in "the trailer" which formerly sat in front of the church. Working with the guests in this intimate way was a life changing experience for me. I received more than I ever gave. HASK is a huge undertaking taken by a very small but totally dedicated congregation. I can't imagine anything more worthy of support.
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.
I served on the Vestry of the Church of the Holy Apostles for six years, and the past four years as Warden of the Parish. The Soup Kitchen is our primary outreach program. The sense of community that includes so many beyond our small membership is an amazing thing. The coming together of our many generous benefactors, dedicated staff, and hard-working volunteers, along with a fascinating and ever-growing group of guests, provides a living metaphor of the holy meal we remember at each Eucharist.
The Holy Apostle's Soup Kitchen is a place within the hustle and bustle of NYC, where you can practice and experience kindness. Whether you are hungry for food, or hungry for social interaction in a compassionate atmosphere, H.A.S.K is the place to be. As a volunteer from 2009, I have encountered diverse personalities who have shaped my world view in wonderful ways. The opportunity to walk in many shoes within a short time frame is available at this non- for profit organization, and I would definitely encourage people to take advantage of such. This is a place where one helps many: you help others obtain needed services and you help yourself build and strengthen character. Pierro Ferrucci says " Be kind and you will discover who you are". Here is the place to discover yourself.
I started working as a volunteer for the Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen back in 2011 and met some pretty friendly people both volunteers and guests. However when i came back this year i had found that things had changed a bit such as Steve leaving,veterans not coming around anymore ,and perhaps the worst of all ,the church losing it's funding. Fortunately that didn't stop the Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen from continuing it's mission of feeding the homeless and proceeded to run the kitchen. During my time here i got placed in many jobs such as prep kitchen,treys,assembly line ,and wash room. So from my time working those jobs i took notice of a few things which were "extremely wholesome meals,VERY caring staff,excellent organization, great comfortable environment, and lastly having the cast amount of strength to feed hundreds 5 days every week". Likewise the Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen deserves every bit of respect and funding it gets over time from being able to run such a great place!