Social Services

As a Christian community, The Riverside Church endeavors to provide access to comprehensive social services for those in economic and social crisis.

As a Christian community, The Riverside Church endeavors to provide access to comprehensive social services for those in economic and social crisis. We seek to enable people in need within our community to more fully support and nurture themselves and their families so that they can move out of poverty.

People who utilize our Social Services programs may receive referrals to job training programs, employment agencies, or other services.  Riverside also helps clients in need of public assistance, SNAP (Food Stamps), and Medicaid, through information and referrals.

For more information please contact Debra Northern, Minister of Parish Care, at 212.870.6741 or via email.

Social Services Programs

Please note some programs are on hiatus or have changes in distribution/access due to COVID-19. For more information please call Debra Northern, Minister of Parish Care, at 212.870.6741.

Food Pantry
The supermarket style Food Pantry distributes food Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Donations of non-perishable food items are accepted on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Most needed items include protein-rich foods such as peanut butter and canned tuna, as well as staples such as cereal, pasta, rice, soups, and beans. Please no glass bottles.

Shower Project
Open every Tuesday and Friday to the first 25 people from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Shower Project is designed to meet the needs of sheltered and unsheltered homeless men and women in need of a shower and clean clothing in New York City. Each guest receives a care basket with soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels, and other essentials. Twenty minutes is allotted to each guest to enjoy a hot shower while their clothing is laundered. Volunteers and social services staff provide referrals for additional services to shelters, soup kitchens, medical facilities, counseling, advocacy, and employment.

Barber Training Program
Every Monday and Tuesday from 12:30-4:00 p.m. for 6 weeks, participants are trained in barbering skills. Free haircuts are available to the community on those days from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Application for Licensing is completed after graduation.

 

Clothing Distribution
Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., clothing distribution takes place at the Food Pantry. Professional clothing suitable for job interviews is available by appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be served. Clients with specific needs may call to speak with clothing ministry staff or volunteers.

Professional clothing is distributed on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and a referral from Grant Associates is required.

Clothing donations are generally accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Please call 212.870.6740 prior to bringing in donations.