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Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

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Causes: Food, Food Programs

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 about 1,000 New Yorkers in need every single weekday, our dedicated counseling staff also work with our guests to connect them with benefits, housing and job interviews.

Results: The soup kitchen has served continued to serve after a devastating church fire in 1991, blizzards, transit shutdowns, 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. On our very first day we served 34 meals - now we serve upwards of 1,000 every day and at the height of the economic recession our volunteers and supporters made it possible to serve up to 1,800 in a single meal service. We have expanded our programs to respond to the changing needs of our guests, and today we offer counseling, referrals, healthcare and enrichment services, such as a a thrice weekly computer class, monthly meditation classes, weekly discussion groups and a seasonal Writers' Workshop. In 2017, our counselors offered over 50,000 individual daily sessions with over 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

Target demographics: Feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, seek justice for the homeless, and provide a sense of hope and opportunity to those in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: About 1,000 hungry and homeless New Yorkers every weekday.

Geographic areas served: New York

Programs: Soup kitchen Auxiliary & Enrichment Services Writers Workshop

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spending a morning volunteering at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the best gift I can give to myself.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work at Holy Apostles to feed the homeless and the needy in an environment of respect and caring is outstanding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering at holy apostles! Warm hearts, good meals and great programs for their guests. Human kindness at its best!

Vanessa24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Greg45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Aris A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Bev P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Charles32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.