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Community Ministry

Crossroads Community Services at St. Bart's 
Preventing hunger and ending homelessness are the focus of our work to establish God's realm here on earth. We offer an open door for the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the homeless, right in the crossroads of the corporate canyons of NYC—a warm heartbeat in the center of midtown Manhattan.

St. Bartholomew’s Church has been an innovative leader in providing social services since the 1880’s. In the 1980’s the Church formed a separate 501c3 organization to help support Community Ministry. And now, that organization, Crossroads Community Services, manages the Soup Kitchen, Shelter, and Food Pantry under the direction of Associate Rector, The Rev. Edward Sunderland, LCSW.

In 2014 our soup kitchen dining room volunteers served more than 82,000 home-cooked meals prepared by our chef and kitchen volunteers. Shelter volunteers provided a safe, comfortable place to sleep for up to 10 homeless women every night of the year and social service partner CAMBA found permanent housing for 14 women in 2014. The Pantry program volunteers provided groceries for over 93,000 meals and collaborated with Central Synagogue and Rabobank to provide fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

Food rescue volunteers work with local businesses such as the Waldorf Astoria, The New York Palaee, Omni Berkshire and Double Tree Hotels, as well as Pescatore Restaurant, Morning Star Café, and Café Linda to repurpose food from world class restaurants that would other wise be thrown out and provide it to soup kitchen diners and guests in the shelter.

Fare Share Friday
On November 28, 2014, we hosted a very special dinner in the sanctuary of the Church, prepared by two of New York City’s great chefs, David Garcelon of the Waldorf Astoria New York, and Jacques Sorci of the New York Palace and served to people who are currently homeless, those at risk of hunger, and those who are not. The dinner provided an opportunity for everyone to sit down together, strengthen our connections, and raise money to support the work of Crossroads.  This dinner has continued each year since on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Please join us this year  Friday, November 24.   Learn more at  faresharefriday.org

Volunteers are Welcome and Needed
Over 300 volunteers are the heart and soul of Crossroads Community Services, Inc. Volunteers have found that their lives are enriched and their sensitivity to others more acute as a result of their work on behalf of others. Crossroads' volunteer program strips away the arbitrary distinctions between volunteers and recipients of our services, and encourages everyone to think of themselves as members of a community, who have the opportunity to serve others and help to end hunger and homelessness. 

How to Start Volunteering?
Attend a short orientation for new volunteers, offered at 6 pm on the fourth Monday of every month (except May and December). Orientation takes place in the Vestry Room at St. Bart's. Enter at 108 E 51st Street and follow the signs to the Volunteer Orientation. This is a great way to learn about the programs and the volunteer opportunities that are available and sign up.